New Dandenong Trades Center for job seekers and industry

Andrews Labor Government’s multi-million dollar Business Training Center at Chisholm TAFE in Dandenong has been officially opened, giving local job seekers the skills they need for rewarding careers and fostering a pool of skilled workers .

Minister for Education and Skills, Gayle Tierney, today opened the new Dandenong Trade Center as part of the Labor Government’s investment of over $7.4 million in the campus.

The Dandenong Trade Center replaces existing campus facilities spread across five buildings and dating back to the 1980s and includes new plumbing, carpentry and electrical training areas that simulate real-life scenarios to provide the most relevant training as well as a modern kitchen for the next generation of hospitality experts.

A new student support center and lounge will offer training and career counseling services – with an Indigenous Engagement Unit to provide personalized support to Indigenous people in Victoria. It will also provide spaces for Chisholm’s work in preventing domestic violence and supporting students living with disabilities.

Other amenities have been upgraded, including more women’s toilets to accommodate an increase in trades enrollment – up 7%.

Chisholm has seen a 10% increase in the number of trades students over the past three years, with plumbing and engineering being among the most popular courses.

The Labor Government has made a record $3.5 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career paths.

As Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said

“We are giving more opportunities to Victorians – while supporting industry and the economy – which is why we continue to support TAFE and the training sector through projects like the new Dandenong Trade Centre.”

As Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams said

“There’s no point training Victoria’s future workforce in a relic of the past – that’s why we’ve delivered the new Dandenong Trade Centre, which will give local students the tools they need on the way of a great career.

As stated by Chisholm TAFE CEO Stephen Varty

“We aim to provide quality, hands-on education to ensure our students are ready to work when they graduate – and these new industry-aligned facilities will help inspire student success and enhance learning and support.”

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