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Thursday, 5 February 2015

LABOR GOVERNMENT FUNDING BOOST FOR BENDIGO TAFE

The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding Victoria’s struggling TAFE system, with Bendigo Kangan TAFE receiving a $2.2 million boost from the first $20 million of the emergency TAFE Rescue Fund.

Bendigo Labor MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards announced the emergency funding following a meeting with Bendigo Kangan TAFE CEO Grant Sutherland.

The funds will be used to to retain and redeploy staff following the merger of Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute last year.

 

The Andrews Labor Government has acted quickly following the cuts of the previous Liberal National Government that brought the TAFE sector to its knees and left Victorian TAFE’s in financial turmoil.

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, has announced that seven Victorian TAFE’s in financial need will receive a share of the first fast-tracked $20 million from the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund.

The fast-tracked funding will help struggling TAFEs rebuild, retain staff, and improve training, courses and job opportunities for students.

A moratorium on TAFE staff redundancies imposed by Minister Herbert in December resulted in jobs being saved in TAFES across Victoria.

Ms Allan and MS Edwards also discussed Labor’s election commitment to provide $7.8 million for an Environmental and Animal Science Centre to train the next generation of agriculture leaders.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan

 “The liberal cuts gutted our TAFE system, making it so much harder for our kids to get skills, get a job and build a better life”.

“Bendigo bore the brunt of these cuts with jobs losses, course closures and loss of our own stand-alone TAFE institute.

“I am proud to be part of an Andrews Government team that is working hard to quickly provide Bendigo TAFE with much needed funds”.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding our TAFE system and rescuing campuses like Bendigo so young people across our region can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.” 
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“I look forward to working with Bendigo TAFE to deliver for the community a new agricultural centre that will help train the next generation of leaders in our farming and agri business sector”.

Facts

• Denis Napthine and the Liberals cut $1.2 billion from TAFE, causing the closure of regional TAFE campuses, including dedicated agricultural colleges at Glenormiston and Sale.

• Liberal cuts to TAFE forced Bendigo TAFE to axe dozens of courses, sack 147 workers and merge with Melbourne's Kangan Institute.

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