The Andrews Labor Government today took another step in fulfilling a key election commitment to reopen Melbourne Polytechnic’s Greensborough campus.
Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, said a Consultation Working Group (CWG) will be established, to determine how high quality vocational training will be delivered to meet the needs of industry and the local community at the campus.
The CWG will work in close collaboration with Melbourne Polytechnic to inform a business case that will provide advice to government about the site’s uses.
Member for Eltham Vicki Ward – drawing on the views of the local community, will lead the CWG.
The other members are:
- John Collins, an ex-TAFE lecturer
- John Fecondo, a local school council member
- Nancye Harrison, from the Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning and Employment Network
A feature of the site will be one of the 10 Tech Schools committed to by the Labor Government. The Tech School will be strategically located to service three local government areas; Darebin, Banyule and Nillumbik.
It will be a centre of excellence in the delivery of education and training, using leading edge technology, discovery and innovation for secondary school students.
Local schools will be able to access the proposed Tech School, which will expose young people to the jobs of the future and opportunities for seamless pathways into further education and training.
The Greensborough and surrounding community will also be invited to have their say on what they want to see on the future of the site.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert
“Only Labor listened to the Greensborough community, and now we’re making sure the campus reopens to provide training and education opportunities for the local community.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“Tech Schools will give the students at government and non-government schools right across the community an opportunity to use leading edge technology, discovery and innovation to connect them to their futures.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eltham Vicki Ward
“Our community cares deeply about having local training opportunities – in particular training that is needed by local industries. I am committed to working with the local community to get the site up and running.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020