Training Boost To Put People First In Bendigo

29 November 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first in Bendigo with a multi-million dollar boost for Bendigo Kangan Institute.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the institute today, announcing $1 million to ensure BKI is ready to hit the ground running when Skills First is introduced in January.

The Labor Government was elected to put people first and that means delivering on the things that matter most to people – including making sure locals have access to real training so they can get a real job.

That’s exactly what Skills First, the Government’s new approach to training and TAFE, will do.

On top of the $1 million, BKI will also receive more than $650,000 for new state-of-the-art teaching equipment thanks to the Labor Government’s Specialised Teaching Equipment Initiative.

The fund ensures our TAFEs can offer students training on the latest equipment being used by industry today.

BKI will use its money to buy a new Portable Emissions Measurement System which can be fitted to a vehicle to provide real world driving analysis of emissions.

The institute will also be able to purchase a new 3D digital printer which can scan and print body forms – for its fashion courses.

In our two years of putting people first the Institute has received $14.5 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund, $5.8 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund and $1 million for Skills and Jobs Centre in Bendigo and Broadmeadows.

Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“We’re putting people first in Bendigo by making sure their local TAFE has the resources needed to offer first class training now and into the future.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“It’s so important that local apprentices and trainees have access to the equipment industry is using now – that’s why we’re making sure that happens through our Specialised Teaching Equipment Initiative.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Bendigo TAFE has done a fantastic job of working with the local community – making sure the needs of industry are met. This extra funding will make sure they can continue to do that into the future.”

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