SALE’S brand new $25 million TAFE facility at the Port of Sale is on track for classes to begin in 2022.
While things have been relatively quiet onsite, behind closed doors Federation Training’s staff have been busy with preparations, including a name change which will be announced in a few weeks. Architects are expected to be signed soon, with a three-dimensional render anticipated for release before the year’s end, and builders appointed by mid-2020.
Meanwhile, Federation Training has launched a community consultation process, so that it can hear directly from the local community to help shape the future of TAFE in Gippsland.
Extensive research to identify the area’s employment demands has already been undertaken, and Federation Training is seeking the views of the community, local schools, industry and business to further tailor courses specific to the region’s needs.
Throughout May and June, the community can have its say by completing an online or hard copy survey, or visiting one of the ‘pop-up’ consultations that will take place throughout the region in coming weeks. Targeted conversations will also occur with schools, industry and business to seek input.
After last year’s state government announcement that 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses would be made tuition fee-free, there has been a substantial local increase in interest in community service, tourism, accounting and bookkeeping courses. The institution plans to increase the range of courses and offerings available locally ahead of the building’s opening.
Federation Training chief executive Grant Radford said Federation Training’s curriculum review, past community forums and the advice of the Skills Commissioner had been used to compile a mix of courses and delivery options that the institution wanted to test with the local community.
“We want to ensure that the courses we offer, the way we deliver training and the facilities we provide meet the diverse needs of our students, our communities, local business and industry,” Mr Radford said.
“Whether you fill out the survey or visit one of the pop-up stalls that will be in place, this is an opportunity for the people in the Shire of Wellington and the Latrobe Valley to have their say on the future of TAFE in their region.”
More information about the consultation process can be found via www.federationtraining.edu.au