Getting down to business on TAFE

4 December 2014

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The election of the new Labor government in Victoria paves the way for a major commitment to build and refurbish parts of the state’s TAFE system.

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Steve Herbert

New skills minister Steve Herbert  plots the future

 

Premier Daniel Andrews campaigned strongly on Labor’s $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund.

Promises include:

  • $10 million to re-open Swinburne Lilydale TAFE
  • $10 million to re-open TAFE in Greensborough
  • $8 million for a student hub at Holmesglen TAFE, Moorabbin
  • $25 million to rebuild Chisholm TAFE, Frankston
  • $5 million for an industry hub at Federation University TAFE, Ballarat
  • $7.8 million for an Environmental and Animal Science Centre in Bendigo
  • A VET funding review, headed by former Holmesglen CEO and former TDA Chair, Bruce MacKenzie.

Andrews says that $66 million of the $100 million TAFE rescue plan has been announced, with the balance to be allocated.

Steve Herbert – a former chief of staff to Lynne Kosky – has been appointed minister for training and skills in the incoming government.

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