THE State Government’s cash splash in the Bass electorate continued last week, with politicians visiting the Wonthaggi campus of Chisholm TAFE to announce almost $600,000 in funding.
The extra funds will be used to deliver four certificate courses in hospitality, horticulture and health.
Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney, visited the Chisholm Bass Coast campus on Wednesday to announce the funding.
It was met soon after by a round of applause from campus students and teachers, who gathered in a classroom to listen to the minister.
Ms Tierney said students who complete a TAFE course are more likely to get a job than university graduates.
And five of the courses on the government’s free TAFE course list are being delivered at the Wonthaggi campus.
Labor candidate for Bass, Jordan Crugnale, said it’s a great boost for post-secondary education.
“These courses are in-demand and they’re creating pathways; upskilling local people of all backgrounds and ages.
“It’s not just kids, they’re mums returning to work and people seeking a career change.
“Labor is reinvigorating TAFE, we’re supporting apprentices and thinking long-term.”
Bass Coast Shire deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari also welcomed the announcement.
“It shows the confidence that the local State Government has in our region,” he said.
“It also supports the terrific work Chisholm TAFE does in advocating for further education in Bass Coast.”
The minister said this funding was about making sure kids in Wonthaggi and surrounds have a chance to complete a TAFE course and get a job.
“Hospitality is a big industry in this area … and indeed horticulture is seen to be incredibly important.
“Each of these courses does respond to the specific industry needs in the Bass Coast region.”
The minister also took a shot at the former Liberal State Government – arguing they “trashed” TAFE.
Ms Tierney said the courses were valuable to the community, with “local people taking on local courses for local jobs”.
Chisholm TAFE acting CEO Stephen Varty said they were proud of the Wonthaggi campus.
Around 80 per cent of students either get a job or continue studying after completing a course, he said.