Bendigo TAFE will be home to some of the most advanced skills and training facilities in the state with funding for a new education precinct.
The Victorian Government has confirmed close to $60million in the Victorian Budget 2018-19 to build a world-class new education precinct at Bendigo’s Kangan Institute McCrae campus.
The new precinct will include a new learning hub, a new industry innovation centre and the relocation of the current Bendigo Technical Education Campus.
The new education precinct is a crucial part of Bendigo’s central business district revitalisation and is delivering the biggest change to TAFE and skills training in Victoria’s history.
Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney said the cost of training can act as a barrier to getting the right skills so the Victorian Budget breaks down that barrier.
‘‘It invests $172million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses in these growth industries free,’’ Ms Tierney said.
‘‘To make sure every Victorian who wants a job can access quality training, the Budget also includes $303.8million to create more than 30000 new training places,’’ she said.
‘‘Our record investment in major road and rail projects, new schools and hospitals, support for Victorians living with a disability and historic action to curb family violence has created massive demand for skilled workers in these industries.
‘‘We’re making sure people at Bendigo TAFE can get the training they need to be first in line for those jobs.’’
Ms Tierney added the recently opened Bendigo TAFE Health and Community Centre of Excellence is already working to train and upskill staff for the booming local healthcare sector, including the new $630million Bendigo Hospital and to support the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
She said the Bendigo Kangan Institute would also receive $4.5million in community service funding announced to support vulnerable students throughout their training and get them into a job.
Premier Daniel Andrews said reducing barriers to TAFE will help people across the state get the skills they need for a good job and the program has been designed to put TAFE back on the map in Bendigo.
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said supporting Bendigo TAFE to deliver the training this region needs to thrive — with a new education precinct — ‘‘means we’re even better placed to grow the skilled workforce we need into the future’’.