A Stronger Federation Training For Gippsland

29 March 2017

Gippsland locals will have more access to the high quality training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow thanks to $6.5 million from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited Gippsland today to announce funding for Federation Training from the Stronger TAFE Fund which will allow TAFEs to focus on what they do best – train students.

The funding, part of Skills First, will make sure Federation Training has the resources needed to address industry skill gaps, deliver new innovative training and help grow enrolments across Gippsland.

The funding will support all of Federation Training’s campuses including in the Latrobe Valley, Wellington Shire, East and South Gippsland and Baw Baw.

The Labor Government is ensuring Gippsland has the best access to the highest quality industry relevant training at a government backed TAFE.

Unlike the Coalition, the Labor Government isn’t rushing into ill-thought out plans, like the merger of GippsTAFE and Advance TAFE that have ultimately put Federation Training in the position it currently is.

Ms Tierney visited all of Federation Training’s campuses across Gippsland earlier this month to find out from the people on the ground where our support is most needed.

As part of the TAFEs work to better align its offerings with industry needs, it has been accredited by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as a Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation.

The accreditation makes Federation Training the only accredited provider based in Victoria, and gives students a clear pathway for training toward a CASA licence qualification through Federation Training’s Diploma of Aeroskills.

In the last two years, Federation Training has received $6.3 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund, $2.6 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund and $1 million for Skills and Jobs Centres from the Labor Government.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“Federation Training plays a critical role giving Gippsland locals the training they need for the jobs they want. That’s why Federation Training will always have our support.”

“I’m spending time on the ground, speaking to staff and students, meeting industry leaders and local councils to make sure Federation Training has a bright future.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Federation Training has faced a number of challenges in recent years, but we’re determined to make sure that every Gippslander has access to high quality skills, training and pathways to employment.”

“Unlike the Nationals who stood idly by why their Liberal bosses ripped the heart out of TAFE in Gippsland, we’re giving Federation Training the resources it needs to support students all over Gippsland.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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