Federation Training now ‘TAFE Gippsland’

STUDENTS in Gippsland will now be learning at an institute with instant recognition and connection to the local community, with Federation Training unveiling its name change to TAFE Gippsland.

TAFE Gippsland’s bold new logo and branding was unveiled in Morwell on Thursday by Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing.

It will be rolled out at TAFE campus facilities across the region, during the coming days and weeks.

TAFE Gippsland chief executive, Grant Radford, said following extensive consultation with the local community, business, government, industry and schools, it became clear Gippslanders wanted a name for their TAFE that resonated.

“This is a really exciting time for TAFE Gippsland, our students, staff and the entire community,” Mr Radford said.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in enrolments this year.

” Major campus upgrades will deliver new state-of-the-art facilities in Sale and Morwell, and the community consultation process we’ve recently launched means that we will provide the courses at our upgraded campuses that meet the needs of our students and local employers.”

Ms Shing said the Victorian government supported the name change to TAFE Gippsland.

“It’s crucial that we reflect importance of a local connection for Gippslanders while we continue our investment in local campuses and courses across the region,” she said.

“We are making training more accessible and affordable for Victorians.

“The increased number of students at TAFE Gippsland is showing the popularity – and importance – of the Free TAFE program, while we increase local opportunities for employment.”

Mr Radford said the new TAFE Gippsland name was much more than just a name change, and the new brand was a reflection of the important role TAFE played in the region.

“Our new name defines what we do and where we do it best,” he said.

“TAFE Gippsland will continue to deliver what the community needs from its vocational education and training provider, both now and into the future.

“We look forward to working closely with all Gippslanders, so together we can help address the skills challenges we face and ensure there is a bright future for our students and our region.”

Currently more than 19,000 Victorian students are enrolled in Free TAFE courses, including more than 1000 students at TAFE Gippsland, driving a doubling of student figures compared to the same TAFE courses at the same time last year.

Students can save up to $2500 for some preapprenticeship courses and up to $5000 for Certificate IV courses.

For higher level courses such as a Diploma in Nursing or a Diploma in Building and Construction, students will save more than $10,000 through the Free TAFE initiative.

The Labor government is spending a record amount on the state’s TAFEs.

The Victorian Budget 2018-19 resulted in a huge investment in TAFE capital works in the region, with $35.5 million to redevelop the TAFE Gippsland Morwell campus, including a Future Skills Training Centre and a Technical Training Centre of Excellence and $25 million for TAFE Gippsland’s Port of Sale development.

Ms Shing said the state government was making training “more accessible and affordable” for Victorians.

“The increased number of students at TAFE Gippsland is showing the popularity – and importance – of the Free TAFE program, while we increase local opportunities for employment.”