“The Victorian Government has rightly put TAFE back at the centre of addressing Australia’s skills requirements in a fast-changing world with its 2018-19 Budget,” Chisholm CEO Dr Rick Ede said today.

Dr Ede said the Budget commitment to $172 million for tuition-free training for 30 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships was a clear recognition of the important role TAFE plays in the future of Victoria's education system. 

"We know TAFE is critical in meeting Australia’s skills needs for the emerging jobs in our changing economy as well as filling skills shortages across a range of sectors.  The Victorian Budget will significantly help our Victorian TAFEs to lead in this effort.

“Our role in vocational education is to create opportunities and pathways for students from an incredibly diverse range of backgrounds, and to make sure they succeed. We do this by preparing students for the job market and giving them the practical skills they need to hit the ground running from their first day on the job. This is how we change lives.  These courses represent areas where there are predicted to be skill shortages and this announcement means we can ensure that our apprentices and graduates are ready to fill these positions.

“Students are increasingly recognising that TAFE education can provide a high-quality teaching and learning experience - a clear and practical path towards future employment. We look forward to welcoming more and more students into the system so they can benefit from the unique training and experience that Chisholm and its fellow TAFEs can offer,” Dr Ede said.

In more good news for the sector, $303.8 million will create more than 30,000 new training places and $43.8 million to revamp learning materials for apprentices, new independent assessments, and the reintroduction of trade papers to recognise these qualifications.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney described today’s announcement as “the biggest overhaul of TAFE, skills and training in Victoria’s history.”

The State Government has also announced a new in-principle industrial agreement with TAFE institutes and teachers.  Teachers will receive an annualised base increase of 2.5 per cent, as well as an additional 2.9 per cent linked to service delivery improvements.

“This new agreement for TAFE teachers recognises and values their contribution to the important role we play in education and the positive and meaningful impact we have on our students and communities.”

"There’s a renewed sense of excitement within the entire sector and especially here at Chisholm. With the first stage of the state-of-the-art Frankston redevelopment project due by the end of the year, the Casey Tech School at Berwick opening in mid-July, additional facilities at Frankston and Berwick coming online in mid-2019, and more funding to improve the services we offer, the future of Chisholm is very bright," Dr Ede said.