The Andrews Labor Government is returning education and training to Glenormiston, delivering a key election commitment.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the Glenormiston site this morning to announce that South West TAFE will be the lead education and training provider for the consortium headed by Dean Montgomery.
South West TAFE will offer a Certificate III in Agriculture at Glenormiston in 2017 which will see dairy farmers in the southwest once again having access to the skilled local workforce they need.
South West TAFE will continue to work with their industry partners to support young people to remain within the region. WestVic Staffing solutions will be the host employer for the trainees.
In addition to the Cert III, South West TAFE and Racing Victoria have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a plan to create equine related qualifications to meet industry needs.
South West TAFE, in partnership with Racing Victoria has the potential to position Glenormiston as the centre of excellence for equine training both domestically and internationally.
The MoU is a significant step to ensuring Victoria’s multimillion dollar racing industry has access to a highly skilled workforce.
The Labor Government has already reopened campuses closed by the former Liberal Government, including campuses in Lilydale and Greensborough.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“If the Liberals had their way Glenormiston would still be closed and would have been sold off with education never to return.”
“This is another example of the Labor Government aligning training to the needs of local industry.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“The racing industry is a vital part of the south west. This agreement will ensure the industry continues to thrive and will help to create even more educational and employment opportunities in regional Victoria.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
"Glenormiston has always been synonymous with agricultural training – it's closure was a heartbreaking blow for farmers and the region and its opening is magnificent news.”
Quote attributable to South West TAFE CEO Mark Fidge
“We know that dairy farmers in the region need a skilled workforce close to home and we’re looking forward to working with industry and the Andrews Government to deliver for locals.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020