Sup­port for Wim­mera TAFE

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Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity’s Wim­mera cam­pus has had a ma­jor boost with the State Gov­ern­ment pro­vid­ing it with $1.1-mil­lion in project fund­ing.

Train­ing and Skills Min­is­ter Gayle Tier­ney vis­ited the cam­pus to an­nounce the money for five projects as part of the gov­ern­ment’s Re­gional and Spe­cial­ist Train­ing Fund.

The al­lo­ca­tion is de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with ac­cess to bet­ter train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to get skills for in­de­mand jobs across the re­gion.

Ms Tier­ney said the fund­ing would pro­vide two trainee­ship qual­i­fi­ca­tions – the Diploma of Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care, and Cer­tifi­cate III in Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care – to help the Wim­mera over­come short­ages of qual­i­fied staff in child­care cen­tres, kinder­gartens and for out-of-school-hours and hol­i­day pro­grams.

She said Fe­duni TAFE was tar­get­ing re­gional stu­dents with qual­i­fi­ca­tions to de­velop skills as well as new stu­dents keen to pur­sue a ca­reer in ear­ly­child­hood ed­u­ca­tion.

From 2020, these cour­ses will also be added to the gov­ern­ment’s free TAFE list and will sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s roll-out of three-year-old kinder­garten.

The gov­ern­ment is rolling out a pro­gram that pro­vides three-year-old chil­dren with ac­cess to 15 hours of funded kinder­garten pro­grams. Many ar­eas in the Wim­mera will be the first to ac­cess the pro­gram.

Ms Tier­ney added that a trainee­ship pro­gram, sup­ported through a Re­gional and Spe­cial­ist Train­ing Fund, was al­low­ing In­di­vid­ual Sup­port Cer­tifi­cate stu­dents to ‘earn while they learn’, cre­at­ing in­cen­tives for peo­ple to in­crease skills in the ar­eas of aged and dis­abil­ity care.

“This project is sup­port­ing ca­reer­chang­ers who nor­mally can’t af­ford to leave work to study full time and en­ter the health sec­tor,” she said.

The univer­sity is pro­vid­ing a trainee­ship pro­gram in part­ner­ship with West Wim­mera Health Ser­vices in Nhill.

While in Hor­sham, Min­is­ter Tier­ney opened a new hot­house at the cam­pus, a project also funded through the Re­gional and Spe­cial­ist Train­ing Fund.

The hot­house is based on a Cer­tifi­cate III in Hor­ti­cul­ture course.

Fe­duni TAFE has also de­vel­oped on­line in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as part of the Cer­tifi­cate II in Elec­trotech­nol­ogy to sup­port an emerg­ing work­force in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and elec­tri­cal in­dus­tries.

“Each of these projects re­spond di­rectly to lo­cal de­mands for skills in the Wim­mera and Grampians re­gions, mean­ing grad­u­ates can find a great job and hit the ground run­ning as soon as they are em­ployed,” Ms Tier­ney said.

Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity Aus­tralia wel­comed the fund­ing, which al­lows Fe­duni TAFE to pro­vide a trainee­ship in part­ner­ship with West Wim­mera Health Ser­vices in Nhill.

Fed­er­a­tion TAFE has about 288 stu­dents at its Hor­sham cam­pus and is the largest vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing provider in west­ern Vic­to­ria.

Vice-chan­cel­lor and pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor He­len Bartlett said the univer­sity worked closely with em­ploy­ers across the Wim­mera and west­ern Vic­to­ria to en­sure it was train­ing stu­dents in ar­eas where there was a de­mand for skilled work­ers.

“This fund­ing will al­low us to give more peo­ple in the Wim­mera the op­por­tu­nity to train for jobs in the hor­ti­cul­ture, dis­abil­ity and aged care, child­care, elec­tri­cal and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­tries,” she said.

CAM­PUS WIN: From left, Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity Aus­tralia vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor He­len Bartlett, Vic­to­rian Train­ing and Skills Min­is­ter Gayle Tier­ney open the univer­sity’s hot­house in Hor­sham. Stu­dents Melissa Thomas, Rita Gas­parini, Marg Pri­estly with Pay­ton-rose Pri­estly and teacher Jody Taberner are also pic­tured. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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