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Training Boost To Put People First In Geelong

01 December 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first in Geelong with a multi-million dollar boost for The Gordon.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the institute today, announcing $14.6 million to ensure The Gordon 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 $14.6 million, The Gordon will also receive more than $500,000 for new 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.

The Gordon will use its funding to set up a regional bakery training hub, as well as funding for a crane, excavator and forklift simulator and for a small laboratory to deliver training in the use of composite materials.

In our two years of putting people first the Institute has received $10 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund, $6 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund and $1.5 million for Skills and Jobs Centres.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

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

“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 Geelong Christine Couzens

“The Gordon 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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