$4.7 million for The Gordon to offer new blended learning courses
Investment backed by Coalition’s $200 million fund to support Victoria’s TAFEs
Napthine Government building better job training opportunities for all Victorians
Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling today announced that the Napthine Government will be investing $4.7 million for The Gordon TAFE to implement new blended learning programs for students in Geelong and surrounding areas.
Speaking at The Gordon, Mr Wakeling said a key component of this investment was to support the TAFE to offer a more innovative and industry focused model of training for jobs of the future.
“This $4.7 million investment from the Coalition’s $200 million TAFE Structural Adjustment Fund demonstrates the Government’s commitment to provide all students with strong employment opportunities as a result of their training,” Mr Wakeling said.
Mr Wakeling said The Gordon’s blended learning initiative will combine face-to-face classes with online learning, providing students with a flexible and engaging educational environment that makes optimal use of resources and facilities.
“As part of the Coalition Government’s $4.7 million investment, The Gordon will install video conferencing equipment and upgrade the Institute’s Wi-Fi network to enhance communication with students,” Mr Wakeling said.
“This will support The Gordon in attracting and retaining more students, with a more accessible range of flexible course options and training delivery tailored to better meet the needs of individual students.”
CEO Lisa Line welcomed the Napthine Government’s funding commitment.
“The Gordon is delighted by this significant announcement,” Ms Line said.
“In an increasingly sophisticated digital world it will enable the Institute to meet the rapidly changing training needs and expectations of students and industry.”
Victoria’s industry focused training system targets occupations that are forecast for jobs growth with 72 per cent of training now being undertaken in areas of skills shortage and value to the economy.
Mr Wakeling said this $4.7 million investment was is in addition to the Coalition Government’s annual $1.2 billion commitment to training in Victoria.
“When the former government fundamentally changed the training system in 2008, Labor said there was “clear need for structural changes in the way the training system works” and that “change must be far reaching,” Mr Wakeling said.
“However Labor failed to ensure The Gordon and other similar institutions could adapt to the changes imposed on them.”
Mr Wakeling said this investment will enable The Gordon to better compete in the open market introduced by Labor.
“Unlike Labor, the Napthine Coalition Government actively supported TAFEs by investing $200 million to help transform their operations and adjust to the market driven system introduced by Labor,” Mr Wakeling said.
Since 2010 under the Coalition, funding for TAFEs to deliver skills training has increased by 23 per cent to $600 million.
Liberal candidate for Geelong Paula Kontelj welcomed the boost to skills training in the Geelong region.
“This investment will provide better opportunities for students in Geelong and surrounding areas to access further education and gain rewarding and long term employment in the future,” Ms Kontelj said.
Today’s announcement builds on Victorian Jobs in the 21st Century, the Coalition Government’s plan to provide opportunities for 850,000 Victorians to get the skills they need to find or change jobs, deliver 60,000 new apprenticeships and 200,000 new jobs.