A new era for skills and training at Frankston
Work is officially underway on Andrews Labor Government’s multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Frankston campus at Chisholm TAFE, which will be transformed into a world-class training district to help thousands of locals learn the skills they need for the jobs they want.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney and Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke to begin construction on the $67.6 million project, which is the second stage of a redevelopment of $151.1 million from the Frankston campus.
The new multi-level learning facility will offer 9,600 square meters of learning space – with dedicated community service spaces designed to resemble industry-specific work environments, as well as bespoke spaces for art and design courses and the VCE/VCAL and Foundation College courses.
The precinct will bring student support services together in a new student hub, with gallery space for art students, on-site retail and dining outlets, and new outdoor spaces for recreation.
It will also link the campus to the nearby Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Center and Frankston train station.
Thanks to the success of the Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative, the new facility will support Chisholm Frankston’s huge enrollment growth of over 13% over the past year – including more women returning to the market workers, CALD students and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.
The expansion will give more than 2,000 additional students each year the opportunity to learn the skills they need for a rewarding career – with the new building to accommodate students of free TAFE courses like the Community Service Diploma, Certificate IV in Mental Health, the Certificate IV in Youth Work and Certificate IV in Cyber Security.
This project builds on the first stage of the campus redevelopment, which opened in 2019 with new facilities for nursing, paramedical health, early childhood education, hair and beauty, plumbing , construction and electrical courses – with replica hospitals and commercial sites to give students the experience they need to leave TAFE ready to go.
Construction of the second stage will be completed next year and will create 132 excellent local jobs, including 25 apprentices, as well as the creation of at least 30 new teaching positions over the next decade.
The Chisholm Project is one of several projects the Labor Government is implementing to give communities in Victoria excellent local TAFE, as part of the $220m Build better TAFE funds.
The government has made a record $3.2 billion investment since 2014 to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education – ensuring that every Victorian has access to the education they need for the jobs they need. ‘He wishes.
As Premier Daniel Andrews said
“Whether you study mental health, youth work or cybersecurity, this new campus will give residents of Frankston and beyond all the tools they need to embark on an exciting new career in in-demand sectors.
As Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said
“We are proud to continue our work to make TAFE better than ever – after the sector was gutted by the former Liberal National Government, we are upgrading and building campuses to create more opportunities for Victorians.”
As Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke said
“It will be a game-changer for local job seekers, giving them the chance to get excellent training at a world-class facility in their own backyard, with a pathway to meaningful careers all across Victoria.”
As stated by Chisholm TAFE CEO Stephen Varty
“This second stage of development brings us one step closer to realizing Chisholm’s ambition to transform lives through high-quality, relevant and responsive education.”