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Labor backflips to reinstate aero training at Sale

The Andrews Labor Government has bowed to community and industry pressure and reinstated state funding for the Certificate II course in aeronautical skills that will help young local people pursue a career in the aviation and defence industries.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said due to the cut Federation Training could have only offered full-fee paying places for its Certificate II course in aeronautical skills which would have placed it beyond the reach of most local students wishing to begin training in aeronautical engineering

Mr O’Brien, who had called on the government to reverse the decision, hailed the government’s change of heart.

“This is a great win for the local community and particularly for those young students wanting to pursue a career in the aeronautical industry.

“I congratulate those families and others who came to me seeking to have the decision overturned and am pleased to have been able to deliver a good outcome for the community.

“It made no sense at all to be cutting this course at a time of expansion of the RAAF Base and an upgrade of the West Sale Aerodrome.  I think if the Labor Government was paying more attention outside the tram tracks of Melbourne they would have realised the folly of cutting this course funding, but I’m pleased they’ve realised their error and corrected it.” 

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