Thursday, 23 June 2022

Members statements

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm Institute

Mr TARLAMIS (South Eastern Metropolitan) (10:14): Chisholm TAFE is going from strength to strength, and the Andrews Labor government is proud to be backing them every step of the way. Recently I was here talking about the construction that is underway on the new $67.6 million learning facility at Chisholm’s Frankston campus, which is the second stage of their $151.1 million redevelopment. Today I am delighted to be here talking about the new state-of-the-art facility at Dandenong trade centre and student support hub, which is now open at Chisholm’s Dandenong campus.

With over $7.4 million in funding from the Andrews Labor government’s TAFE asset maintenance program, these new facilities will provide jobseekers with the skills they need to enter a rewarding career and will also foster a pipeline of skilled workers. Featuring new plumbing, carpentry and electrical training areas and a modern kitchen, replacing old facilities that have been around since the 1980s, the Dandenong campus can now simulate real-life scenarios to provide the most relevant training for the next generation of trade and hospitality experts. These facilities will also provide improved resources for learning and essential support services for students, such as counselling, disability support, apprentice support and a career hub and student lounge.

Chisholm Institute is one of the largest providers of apprenticeship training in my electorate, and this project will assist the Dandenong campus to deliver a best practice approach, including teaching practical, industry-based skills that will provide a direct pathway to the workforce. Over the last three years Chisholm has experienced a 10 per cent increase in trade students, and the funding for these facilities will support the growing interest of vocational students in the region. It is a very important addition to the south-east that will provide the tools students need to start an exciting new career in an in-demand sector.