The TAFE Gippsland big build rollout continues

TWO new TAFE Gippsland facilities were officially opened in Gippsland’s west last week, while Sale will have to wait a little longer for its new campus to open.

TAFE Gippsland Morwell campus officially opened its new Health and Early Childhood Training Centre as part of a $35.5 million redevelopment.

The new centre delivers facilities for students undertaking courses like the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, which are both on the Free TAFE course list to meet demand for the state’s newly-introduced free three-year-old kinder initiative.

The second stage of the redevelopment, which includes the Morwell Trade Skills Centre, is due for completion in late 2021.

It will feature specialist workshop and lab facilities and general-purpose classrooms for courses in electrotechnology, new energy systems, instrumentation and plumbing.

TAFE Gippsland’s Yallourn campus also opened its the Biomanufacturing Training Centre.

It will be the home to the $3.8 million BioPathways Partnership Project undertaken in conjunction with Opal Australian Paper and Federation University.

The refurbished facility will be used to develop courses and research programs in bio-manufacturing including a project that generates energy from waste products.

After beginning work in December, McCorkell Constructions is expected to complete construction of the $25 million TAFE Gippsland Port of Sale later this year, with students scheduled to begin courses in 2022.

More than 1400 Free TAFE students began at TAFE Gippsland in 2020 – a 37 per cent increase on commencements in 2018.

Some of the most popular courses include individual support, nursing, community services and accounting and bookkeeping.