Major TAFE upgrades in Gippsland will grow job opportunities, Minister says
Two new TAFE Gippsland facilities were officially opened earlier in the week by Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney.
Ms Tierney visited the TAFE Gippsland Morwell campus to officially open the new Health and Early Childhood Training Centre as part of a $35.5 million redevelopment.
The new centre delivers world-class facilities for students undertaking courses such as Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, both of which were added to the Victorian Government’s landmark Free TAFE course list in 2020 to meet demand from the newly introduced free three-year-old kinder initiative.
Current redevelopment works at TAFE Gippsland are being undertaken by Gippsland workers, including Traralgon building company Rebuild. The new facilities will provide more learning opportunities and job pathways for locals, including those who want to change careers.
During her visit, Ms Tierney also met with Free TAFE graduates who are now working in the local community.
More than 1,400 Free TAFE students started at TAFE Gippsland in 2020 – a 37 per cent increase on commencements in 2018, with popular course choices being individual support, nursing, community services and accounting and bookkeeping.
To learn more about the opportunities for early childhood studies at TAFE Gippsland Morwell campus, please see here.