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Victoria University receives $1.5m to boost student industry skills

The Victorian state government has announced a $1.5 million investment for Victoria University’s (VU) Sunshine campus as part of the TAFE Technology Fund.

The money will be used to provide cutting-edge machines to support the establishment of the Western Melbourne Precinct for Advanced Manufacturing Training.

In the announcement delivered by minister for skills and training, the Hon Brendon O’Connor, he stated technology is vital to support skills training for advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs and a future made in Australia.

The new project is part of the $21.8 million Tranche 2 of the TAFE Technology Fund.

“Students across Victoria are benefiting from our commitment to reinvigorating the VET sector, with $8.6 million going to the state over Tranches 1 and 2 of the TAFE Technology Fund,” said O’Connor.

“The TAFE Technology Fund targets campus infrastructure so that TAFEs in Victoria are equipped to deliver training to the standards expected by industry and students.”

This investment builds on opportunities created through the government’s Fee-Free TAFE initiative, which removed financial barriers to enrolment for over 355,000 Australians in 2023.

VU will use the $1.5 million to fund the advanced manufacturing equipment and to train apprentices and up-skill a new generation of workers in the following qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fitting/Machining
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Advanced Diploma of Engineering (new offering in 2024)
  • Short courses to upskill existing workforce.

“For over 100 years, VU has proudly delivered TAFE courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and customised training programs to meet the growing and changing needs of Australian industry and the increasing skills requirements of the workforce,” said VU’s chied TAFE officer Wayne Butson.

Federal member for Fraser, Dr Daniel Mulino MP said, “By removing financial barriers, Fee-Free TAFE has played a vital role in encouraging people from all backgrounds into training.”

More than 48,500 Victorian students enrolled in Fee-Free TAFE last year, including over 14,000 in dual sector providers like Victoria University.

“Victoria University has several innovative programs to attract and retain young people who have traditionally faced barriers to tertiary education; and has signed up to a number of partnerships with organisations to provide a highly skilled workforce in areas of demand,” said Mulino.

The Federal Government, working with State and Territory Governments, is funding an additional 300,000 Fee-Free TAFE and VET places nationwide over the next three years.

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