New Beginning For Melbourne Polytechnic

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support of training and skills in Melbourne’s north with a multimillion cash injection for Melbourne Polytechnic.

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert has visited Melbourne Polytechnic’s new interactive Skills and Jobs Centre at Northland Shopping Centre where he announced the institute will receive an additional $15.3 million to ensure it can strengthen apprenticeships and traineeships opportunities in Melbourne’s north.

This funding boost is investing in the training needs of locals in Melbourne’s north and will bolster TAFE training and deliver important, relevant training to drive growth in apprenticeships and traineeships.

The harsh funding cuts by the former Government hit Melbourne Polytechnic hard with a significant decline in enrolment, meaning the institute couldn’t meet the needs of some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged learners.

Under the Labor Government a new CEO has taken the reins of the struggling institute. The board has been refreshed with five new members and the institute has implemented a new strategic direction.

Melbourne Polytechnic is also moving forward with re-opening its Greensborough campus as well as establishing a tech school on the site while pursuing new opportunities to expand training in Melbourne’s second fastest growth corridor.

The Labor Government is hopeful this funding, part of the Government’s $50 million TAFE boost, will assist Melbourne Polytechnic to turn around.

This funding continues support for Melbourne Polytechnic with $10 million from TAFE Rescue Fund to re-open Greensborough and $2.5 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund already committed.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“Melbourne Polytechnic is too important for students and industries in the north for the Government to sit back and do nothing. That is why we are providing an additional $15.3 million to ensure its long-term legacy.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott

“Melbourne Polytechnic was hurt by the former Liberal Government and this injection of money will work to safeguard the institute to make sure it can continue to train Preston locals for years to come.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines

“Heidelberg locals depend on Melbourne Polytechnic to get the skills they need to get a job, so it’s vital our Government supports the institute to continue training locals.”

 

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