Parliament Gippsland South Sale Education Youth

Labor needs to support relocation of Fed Training

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has told State Parliament Melbourne Labor needs to support Federation Training in its bid to relocate its Fulham campus into Sale to make accessing the campus easier for students wanting to further their education.

Mr O’Brien said The Nationals in Government had committed $40.2 million from the TAFE Structural Adjustment program to assist the merger of Advance TAFE and Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE into Federation Training.

“Relocating the campus from Fulham into Sale will go a long way in removing barriers that are currently affecting people from accessing higher education.

"Young people wanting to learn new skills and those already engaged in work wanting to upskill need access to a quality facility in town,” Mr O’Brien said.

"The Sale community has wanted to move the Fulham campus into the CBD for some time now and we need the Government to support that move."

Mr O’Brien said despite promising to “fix” TAFE, the Andrews Labor Government had not allocated a single extra dollar to the Victorian Training Guarantee and enrolments in TAFE had fallen since it was elected.

“Already we have seen training in Gippsland drop by 11 per cent in the first year of the Labor government, which equates to 1,100 fewer enrolments, which means less people are learning or updating their skills.

“It is now up to the minister to come forward and put his money where his mouth is and make sure that we do get a much better outcome in terms of TAFE training in the Wellington Shire," Mr O’Brien said.

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