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Labor gives grant for airport, then axes aero training

The Melbourne Labor Government has cut funding for aeronautical engineering entry courses across the state, including at Federation Training’s Fulham campus, just as a major expansion at the RAAF Base East Sale is about to begin.

This comes just a week after the government loudly trumpeted its $5 million investment in the West Sale Aerodrome which is linked to the expansion of the RAAF Base.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said he had learnt this week that Federation Training would only offer full-fee paying places for its Certificate II course in aeronautical skills which will place it beyond the reach of most local students wishing to begin training in aeronautical engineering.

“This is a government that gives with one hand and takes with the other.

“It has quite rightly contributed $5 million to the West Sale upgrade to complement the RAAF Base East Sale expansion, but now it has cut the government subsidy to aero skills training dashing the hopes of a number of young locals.

“I had contact from Will Page who had his heart set on training in the aeronautical skills area and yet will no longer be able to continue. I understand the five students who undertook the course this year have all since secured jobs in the industry.

“While Federation Training will continue to offer the Certificate IV course for apprenticeships from around the State, there will be no opportunity for local VET students to begin their training through Certificate II.

“This is a government that has no plan for skills training or how to ensure that locals in the Wellington Shire can prepare themselves for potential jobs in the defence forces.

“Labor still refuses to support funding for the move of the Fulham Campus into Sale which has been the desire of Federation Training and the community for more than 10 years now.”

Mr O’Brien said this state-wide decision by Labor will hurt local job prospects and reduce the availability of training opportunities in the Wellington Shire.


The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with disappointed aviation hopeful, Will Page.

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