Training Boost To Put People First In The South-West

19 December 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first in South-West Victoria with a multi-million dollar boost for South West TAFE.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the institute’s Warrnambool campus today, announcing $5.5 million to ensure South West is ready to hit the ground running when Skills First is introduced next month.

The Labor Government is delivering 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 $5.5 million of Boost funding, South West TAFE will also receive $895,000 for new teaching equipment thanks to the Labor Government’s Specialised Teaching Equipment Initiative (STEI).

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

South West will use the funding for a variety of projects including a 3D metal printer and a new mobile trade laboratory, allowing the Institute to easily transport and showcase the latest technology, either on campus or at remote locations across the region.

Ms Tierney also witnessed the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding between the TAFE and Deakin University, and the creation of a new South West Advisory Group, both of which will build pathways between the TAFE and the university.

In the Government’s two years of putting people first, South West TAFE has received $10.8 million, including $6.9 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“We’re putting people first in the South-West 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 – and we’re making sure that happens through our Specialised Teaching Equipment Initiative.”

“This extra funding will ensure South West TAFE can continue its fantastic work with the local community – making sure the needs of industry are met.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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