TAFE is taking a big step forward in Gippsland with work beginning on the second stage of TAFE Gippsland’s $35.5 million redevelopment of its Morwell campus, and Port of Sale campus construction set to begin later in the year.
Stage two at Morwell includes the construction of a new Morwell Trade Skills Centre, with preliminary works beginning last month.
The fit-for-purpose innovative building was designed by architects GHD Woodhead, and it will be built by ADCO Constructions, with the opportunity for local Gippsland contractors to be involved through a tender process.
TAFE Gippsland chief executive Grant Radford welcomed the latest construction activity, saying the Morwell Trade Skills Centre would complete the major redevelopment works taking place at the Morwell campus.
“This state-of-the-art building will offer training in electrotechnology, new energy systems, instrumentation and plumbing trade training with specialist workshop, lab facilities and more general-purpose classrooms,” Mr Radford said.
“This second stage of our major redevelopment at Morwell will bring first class trade skills training facilities to Morwell, and provide exciting new vocational training opportunities to our Latrobe Valley and broader Gippsland region students.
“We are delighted that the Victorian government is investing significantly in new state-of-the-art facilities at our Morwell campus to ensure we can meet the current and future needs of our students, community and industry.”
The Morwell Trade Skills Centre is due for completion late next year, and will open to students in January 2022.
TAFE Gippsland’s entire Morwell campus redevelopment can be viewed via an animated video fly-through, which offers a birds’-eye view of the new campus buildings.
TAFE Gippsland’s other major campus construction project – the new Port of Sale campus – is due to begin construction in October, as TAFE Gippsland works with the state government to improve the vocational education and training facilities available to TAFE students in Wellington Shire.
Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing said the state-of-the-art centre would offer training in electrotechnology, new energy systems, instrumentation and plumbing trade training, with specialist workshops, lab facilities and general-purpose classrooms.
The first stage of the campus redevelopment includes a health and early childhood training centre, along with specialised health labs and learning spaces and general purpose classrooms.
“The TAFE Gippsland re-development is another great example of the work we’re doing to deliver training solutions in a changing economy,” Ms Shing said.
“These new trade facilities will benefit thousands of people living in the region by providing access to high-quality training for the most in-demand jobs in Gippsland.”