Wednesday, 24 June 2015
I am pleased to acknowledge an innovative program at Melbourne Polytechnic that has enabled that organisation to direct $2.5 million in funding towards getting some 1200 people skilled up for jobs in our growing healthcare sector. I was recently at the Heidelberg campus of the former Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE (NMIT), which is now Melbourne Polytechnic, with the member for Eltham and Minister for Training and Skills, the Honourable Steve Herbert.
We announced a grant from the $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund. Those funds for the Heidelberg West campus of Melbourne Polytechnic will allow some collaboration with healthcare providers to pinpoint skills gaps and realign training to develop skills in these areas. This is welcome news for people living and working in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
The previous Liberal government cut $25 million in funding to NMIT, particularly across the Heidelberg West campus, and morale is at rock bottom. It was great to be out there with Minister Herbert, who understands. He is a former TAFE teacher, and as someone who has worked in the education system for many years and then represented the northern suburbs he understands these issues. He gave a welcome boost. There will be more collaboration and work with NMIT and the TAFE sector, and I am looking forward to working with the new CEO, Robert Wood, to get TAFE back on track in the north.