Victorians will have access to more opportunities to get the skills they need to get a job thanks to $12 million for Chisholm Institute from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the institute’s Dandenong Campus today to announce funding from the Stronger TAFE Fund, part of Skills First, which allows TAFEs to focus on what they do best – train students.
The funding will make sure Chisholm Institute has the resources needed to address industry skill gaps, deliver new innovative training and help grow enrolments.
Through Skills First, the Labor Government is overhauling Victoria’s training and TAFE system, guaranteeing funding to secure the future of TAFE and making sure Victorians have the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Skills First builds on the Government’s investment in TAFE since 2014 – which has included new buildings, reopening closed campuses, rolling out the latest cutting edge equipment and restoring quality to the system.
During her visit to the campus, Ms Tierney visited initiatives funded by the Labor Government including Chisholm’s Skills and Jobs Centre.
The centre has helped more than 1,200 individuals and 139 employers with training and careers advice, employment services and workshops since opening in January 2016.
In the last two years, Chisholm Institute has received $38.5 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund, $2.9 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund and $1.4 million for Skills and Jobs Centres from the Labor Government.
Last month, a new united TAFE Victoria brand was launched to help TAFEs promote the hundreds of high-quality, industry-linked courses on offer at TAFE.
Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities will remain individual institutions, but the new brand gives them a strong collective voice as the centre of the government-funded training system.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney
“The Andrews Labor Government will always support TAFE, that’s why we’ve created the Stronger TAFE Fund.”
“Transforming the training and TAFE sector after four years of cuts is no easy feat. That’s why we’re investing record amounts in TAFEs, including Chisholm Institute, to make sure they’re up to the task.”
Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams
“I’m proud to be a part of a government that’s making our TAFEs stronger than ever. Dandenong locals deserve access to the best training possible and this extra funding will make sure they have that.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020