Funding For TAFE And Community Education Collaboration

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the Mornington Peninsula to ensure that those in the community have the skills and training they need for local jobs.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney and Member for Nepean Chris Brayne today visited Chisholm Institute’s Mornington Peninsula campus to announce that Chisholm Institute is one of two TAFEs in Victoria to partner with the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board.

This $500,000 initiative – which will also be delivered at SuniTAFE – will see additional support given to students to ensure they succeed in their Free TAFE course.

The ACFE Board will work with the two TAFEs and their Learn Local partners to develop educational products and resources so that Free TAFE students have access to pre-accredited education support.

The funding will also support Learn Locals to offer additional modules for students enrolled in Free TAFE, to build their literacy, numeracy, digital and employability skills.

This additional support will help strengthen Free TAFE students’ capacity to manage their learning and get the support they need to build their confidence to achieve a Free TAFE qualification and be job ready.

The pilot project will be delivered to Free TAFE students in identified courses in 2020.

Free TAFE is breaking down barriers for people to get into training. New data released this month reveals 36,000 students have started Free TAFE courses in the nine months to the end of September – a 90 per cent increase in commencements in these courses compared to the same time in 2018.

Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested more than $1.3 billion to rebuild the State’s TAFE system and ensure students can get the skills they need for the jobs they want, and help grow the Victorian community.

Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney

“There are so many front doors and different pathways into a TAFE qualification. This funding ensures that those who want to learn get the support they need, to gain the skills they need.”

Quote attributable to Member for Nepean Chris Brayne

“This is something that will really benefit the Mornington Peninsula. It is only Labor Governments that invest in TAFEs and make sure people have the support they need to study at TAFE.”

Quote attributable to Adult and Community Further Education Board Chairperson Maria Peters

“Learn Locals provide students with crucial skills to thrive at TAFE. This funding will ensure that learners from all backgrounds are provided with the education support to succeed in their Free TAFE course.”