21 November 2018

BUILDING THE SKILLS OF THE FUTURE WITH MORE FREE TAFE

More Victorians will have access to free TAFE with two early childhood courses to be added to the initiative under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government, to help with a three-year-old kinder jobs boom.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care would become free under a re-elected Labor Government, helping to support the huge job growth expected as part of Labor’s plan to introduce universal three-year-old kindergarten.

This is a big reform, and it needs a massive workforce investment to support it. We estimate that the three-year-old kinder reforms will create almost 7,000 jobs, with 4,900 additional kinder teachers and more than 2,000 additional early childhood educators needed over the next 11 years.

To further support this demand Labor will also provide over 8,000 scholarships for people studying to become kinder teachers at university.

TAFE students in Frankston will also have the benefit of the very best training and facilities with Labor to deliver stage two of the redevelopment project at Chisholm Institute’s Frankston Campus.

Labor will invest $67.6 million into the project as part of the Building Better TAFEs Fund which will see facilities and campuses rebuilt around Victoria, making sure that every community has a great local TAFE.

This investment means the campus will be able to deliver state-of-the-art training in multimedia, arts, tourism and hospitality. The project comprises the refurbishment and repurposing of Building E, and the demolition of Building C to be replaced with a contemporary teaching space.

The new bigger and better Building E will accommodate arts teaching spaces, which will include new flexible learning areas and a multi-discipline arts and design hub.

As part of the transformation of Victoria’s training sector, Labor is creating 30,000 new training places, upgrading and rebuilding TAFE campuses and making TAFE free for 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses.

The investment is in stark contrast to the previous Liberal Government, which cut over $1 billion from our TAFEs, closing 22 campuses and facilities across the state, and sacking 2,400 TAFE teachers and staff.