Trade students and teachers at GOTAFE’s Archer Street are set to benefit from a $10.7 million investment with funding allocated from the Victorian Government’s 2021-22 Budget.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today visited GOTAFE’s Archer Street to celebrate the major funding announcement that will see $10.7 million from the Building Better TAFEs Fund to redevelop the Archer Street Shepparton campus into a state-of-the-art facility.
The project will include the completion of a stage 2 of the Archer Street Goulburn Murray Trade Skills Centre extension with new connecting facilities for Plumbing and Electrical Trades inclusive of hand tool area, classroom-based teaching, skills bays, student amenities, staff offices, and informal/breakout spaces. The funding will also provide for a new on-site car park for up to 42 vehicles.
The development will enable the relocation of Engineering, Automotive, Engineering and Plumbing Trades from the Fryers Street Campus and William Orr Campus.
This is all part of a statewide $383.8 million investment in skills, training and higher education in the Victorian Budget 2021/22, including:
- A new skills authority headlines a range of initiatives designed to strengthen the quality of teaching and training, provide affordable accredited training to more Victorians, and improve pathways for skilled workers.
- The $85.9 million Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to find a good, secure job. Building on the work of the Skills Commissioner, this investment will further drive innovation across the VET sector, delivering better planning for Victoria’s future training needs and providing an integrated approach to the quality of teaching and training.
- An investment of $88.8 million will provide subsidised VET to eligible students, including continuing the successful Asylum Seeker VET program, to improve people’s skills and job opportunities as they build their new life in Victoria. This will deliver up to an extra 12,200 training places, 7,400 of which are at TAFEs.
- The Labor Government will also ensure TAFEs and training providers are properly funded to deliver high quality training with a $99.2 million boost to funding rates.
- A further $12 million will make sure our TAFEs have the modern equipment and tools they need to teach apprentices and trainees, such as mobile cranes and 3D Metal Printers.
- A boost of $14.9 million means support for placement officers to better coordinate mandatory practical placements for TAFE students in areas such as allied health, community services and early childhood, education and training.
- A new Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery will be established in DET to enhance collaboration across the TAFE network.
- Funding of $6.2 million will increase places for pre-accredited digital literacy and employability training courses, as well as enable a new literacy and numeracy assessment tool for TAFE and training providers, including Learn Locals.
Since 2015, the Labor Government has delivered more than $3.2 billion to rebuild the TAFE system and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding careers.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“This in GOTAFE is equipping local students with the right skills for in-demand jobs – and to drive our state’s recovery.”
This $10.7 million investment into GOTAFE’s state-of-the-art facility will be a gateway for local students between high quality training and in-demand jobs in the Goulburn Valley region – it’s just another example of our unprecedented investment in the skills and training sector.”
“It will create local jobs and prepare students for the infrastructure and building bonanza as we drive our regions recovery from this pandemic.”
“We don’t talk the talk – we walk the walk. We are delivering unprecedented reforms to the skills, training and higher education sector.”
Quotes attributable to Minster for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney
“We’re spending record amounts to rebuild our skills and training system – including the establishment of the Victorian Skills Authority which will fundamentally transform the sector.”
“This Budget will make quality education and training available to more Victorians, while also supporting industry by ensuring a pipeline of skilled workers in the areas that need it most.”