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27 March 2017

Victorians will have access to more opportunities to get the skills they need to get a job thanks to $5 million for William Angliss Institute from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the Institute’s CBD campus today to announce the 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 William Angliss Institute – which specialises in foods, tourism and hospitality - has the resources needed to address industry skill gaps, deliver new innovative training and will 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 a number of initiatives funded by the Labor Government including

  • The Angliss International Hotel - a purpose built training facility with a hotel reception area, business centre and boutique suites funded through the TAFE Back to Work Fund.
  • The William Angliss Institute Skills and Jobs Centre, which has helped more than 300 prospective students with advice since opening in August last year.
  • Almost $1 million in baking and patisserie equipment purchased thanks to the Labor Government.

In the last two years, William Angliss Institute has received $5.4 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund, $4.5 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund and $1 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.

A new Link website features every TAFE course offered by TAFEs and dual-sector universities in Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“Institutes like William Angliss are critical to training the next generation of hospitality experts, tourism leaders and chefs. The Stronger TAFE Fund will mean the institute can better support its students.”

“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 William Angliss Institute, to make sure they’re up to the task.”

“We’re a government that’s making our TAFEs stronger than ever. Locals from Melbourne deserve access to the best training possible and this extra funding will make sure they have that.”

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