Students in Melbourne’s west now have access to a brand-new skills hub at Victoria University Polytechnic, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney today opened the new Sunshine Skills Hub and met with female students to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The Sunshine Skills Hub at Victoria University Polytechnic includes a health and community services centre of excellence as well as an innovation and incubation space, along with a learning commons and cafe.
The innovation centre is equipped with teaching rooms complete with new technology to teach students advanced manufacturing, rapid prototype development and problem-solving skills.
The centre will give students the opportunity to get hands-on experience using robotics, virtual reality, writing code, 3D printers and exercising their problem-solving skills.
The Hub will also support the development of industry partnerships, and increase and expand vocational education opportunities.
The Labor Government has provided $10 million toward the project, with Victoria University and the Ian Potter Foundation providing $20 million and $5 million respectively.
The Labor Government is investing in TAFE facilities and campuses to transform skills training and help more Victorians get good, skilled jobs building our state and caring for our community.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney
“The skills that students develop at the Sunshine Skills Hub will drive innovation and support Victoria’s future economic success.”
“The Sunshine Skills Hub will be an important link between our schools, TAFEs, universities and industry.”
Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman
“This is a big day for Melbourne’s West. Victoria University has played a critical role for the past 100 years in providing the community practical training and its new Skills Hub will contribute to a thriving economy and the jobs of the future.”
Quote attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region Ingrid Stitt
“We’re giving students in Melbourne’s West hands-on experience using robotics, virtual reality, writing code and using 3D printers.”
Quote attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region Cesar Melhem
“We’re investing in projects like the Sunshine Skills Hub so more Victorians get good, skilled jobs building our state and caring for our community.”