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State-Of-The-Art Training Equipment For TAFEs

23 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $10 million in state-of-the-art, specialised teaching equipment for TAFEs to meet the needs of both students and industry.

The new Specialised Teaching Equipment Initiative will fund things like 3D Laser Cutting Machines, equipment for nursing and pathology labs and high-tech panel saws for training in step with Victoria’s emerging industry and technology trends.

It will mean TAFE students entering the workforce will get experience in using the most up-to-date equipment.

TAFE institutes have identified an urgent need to upgrade equipment after a lack of investment by the former Coalition Government.

Under the new scheme, TAFEs can apply for funding for the purchase, lease or upgrade of equipment that supports the growth of high quality skills that will enable industry to grow.

Over the past 18 months, the Labor Government has invested heavily in TAFEs through initiatives including the TAFE Rescue Fund and the TAFE Back to Work Fund.

The Government’s new funding model, Skills First will see TAFE at the centre of the government-funded training system with more than $170 million in extra funding for institutes in 2017.

Early next year, TAFEs will be able to apply for the next round of $50 million in Community Service funding.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“If we want to make sure apprentices and trainees are work-ready when they leave TAFE, we need to make sure they’re training on the latest equipment – the same equipment used in businesses today.”

“With new and emerging industries transforming the workforce, it is essential that our TAFEs can provide training that meets the technology needs of these industries.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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