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TAFE providers pool resources
Western Victorian TAFE provider SUNITAFE has made the decision to slash an engineering course at its Horsham campus and will work with another provider to fill the gap.
SUNITAFE Horsham has partnered with Federation University’s Wimmera campus to solve an education provision issue in the region.
Education leaders said having two TAFE providers in the region offering the same course was unnecessary and the collaboration would avoid duplication.
To solve the issue, Federation TAFE will provide engineering courses and SUNITAFE will continue to provide
Individual Support and Community Services courses in the Wimmera.
Federation TAFE has offered the 35 engineering apprentices studying at SUNITAFE an opportunity to transfer to its campus, with no disruption to their training.
SUNITAFE chief executive Geoff Dea said the collaborative approach would provide better opportunities for students and industry in the region.
“The next steps will involve consultation with current staff, students and industry partners to ensure we have a smooth transition for all involved and that no student is left stranded,” he said.
“Through working together, SUNITAFE
can specialise in Individual Support and Community Services in the Wimmera, while students can benefit from the facilities and course offerings Federation TAFE already has in place for engineering.”
Mr Dea reassured SUNITAFE students Federation TAFE had strong partnerships, teaching capacity and engineering facilities.
SUNITAFE has two main campuses in Mildura and Swan Hill, smaller campuses at Robinvale and Horsham, and a training farm at Cardross.
It offers courses in areas such as automotive and engineering, beauty, health and community and construction and trades.
The Horsham site was established in 2019.
Federation TAFE is also planning to recruit an additional mechanical engineering teacher to be permanently based in Horsham.
Federation TAFE chief executive Liam Sloan said the recruitment and collaboration with SUNITAFE was part of plans to further a commitment to growing engineering skills and training in the Wimmera.
“By working together we can achieve more for the Horsham community through better training and education opportunities and more local jobs,” he said.
“Federation TAFE is absolutely committed to the Wimmera region and is excited at this opportunity to strengthen our engineering courses and partnerships with employers.”
Federation TAFE and SUNITAFE are planning a joint industry workshop at Federation TAFE Wimmera campus to showcase engineering facilities and opportunities for employers and students. They are also planning an information evening at the Horsham site for tradespeople and other professionals to find out more about becoming a TAFE teacher.
Leaders will confirm dates for the industry workshop and information evening when COVID- 19 restrictions allow the events to take place.