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A Stronger TAFE for Melbourne’s south-east

Locals living in Melbourne’s south-east will have access to more opportunities to get the skills they need to get a job thanks to $12 million of funding for Holmesglen Institute.

Victoria Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited Holmesglen’s Chadstone Campus to announce the funding from the Stronger TAFE Fund, part of Skills First, which will allow TAFEs to focus on what they do best – train students.

The funding will make sure Holmesglen has the resources needed to address industry skill gaps, deliver new innovative training and will help grow enrolments at the institute.

Through Skills First, the Victorian 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 Victorian 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 Victorian Government including:

  • the Apprentice Support Centre, which in 2016 supported 180 apprentices at risk of not finishing their training because of personal or financial problems or issues at work.
  • the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Learning Support Service, which assists students to develop key skills needed to successfully complete vocational qualifications and secure a job.
  • the new ‘Spark Board’ which allows teams to collaborate in real time no matter where they are in the world. Holmesglen is the first organisation in Australia to own this ground-breaking technology, putting building surveyors at the cutting edge of their industry.

Since the beginning of 2015, Holmesglen has received $11.5 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund, $5.6 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund and $1 million for Skills and Jobs Centres from the Victorian Government.

In February 2017, 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 at the centre of the government-funded training system.

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

“The Victorian Government will always support TAFE, that’s why we’ve created the Stronger TAFE Fund.” said Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney.

“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 Holmesglen, to make sure they’re up to the task.”

“I’m proud to be a part of a government that’s making our TAFEs stronger than ever. Locals in Oakleigh and surrounding areas deserve access to the best training possible and this extra funding will make sure that happens.” said Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos.

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