Federation Training’s Gippsland students will be able to access more TAFE training thanks to a funding boost from the State Government’s Regional & Specialist Training Fund (RSTF).

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing MLC, today announced $1.66 million for Federation Training to deliver new equipment and training courses in Mechanical Engineering and $1.1 million in new equipment for timber industry training across the Institute’s Yallourn and Forestec campuses.

Federation Training’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Grant Radford, welcomed the announcements and thanked the State Government for their continued investment in Gippsland’s vocational skills base.

“As Gippsland’s local and trusted TAFE, we play a vital role in responding to the challenges facing our local communities. This investment will enable us to continue to have a positive impact in the community as we work together to help our students and communities get to where they want be,” Mr Radford said.

“The delivery of new equipment and training courses is supporting our mechanical and engineering area at Yallourn, while new state-of-the-art equipment will support our Harvesting and Haulage training to help meet the East Gippsland region’s skills needs in the important timber industry.

“We welcome the State Government’s investment in delivering high quality new equipment and training opportunities for our students and teaching staff, helping our TAFE to deliver skills training for the jobs most needed in the communities in which we operate.”

Specifically, the funding support will enable Federation Training’s Yallourn campus to deliver Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control, Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade and an Apprenticeship Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade.

Gippsland’s local TAFE will also be boosted with new heavy equipment supporting the Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage out of the Forestec campus east of Bairnsdale.

The Regional and Specialist Training Fund is part of the State Government’s Skills First initiative, which is facilitating training to respond to industry-led demand for specific skills in regions and specialist areas, while delivering programs that lead to jobs to build a stronger local economy.

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