Today, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney were joined by Chisholm Institute Board Chair Stephen Marks, CEO Stephen Varty and local officials to break ground at Chisholm Institute Frankston to celebrate a significant milestone in the commencement of the Stage 2 multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the Frankston campus.
The new $67.6 million multi-level learning facility will replace buildings C and E on the eastern end of the campus and deliver 9,600 square metres of contemporary learning space. Dedicated Community Services areas have been designed to replicate industry-specific work environments and bespoke spaces will be provided for Art and Design courses and VCE/VCAL and Foundation College courses.
The precinct will also bring student support services together in a new Student Hub, along with gallery space for art students and onsite food and retail outlets. New outdoor spaces for recreation will be created on campus as well as connections to the nearby Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre and Frankston Station.
Chisholm Institute CEO Stephen Varty states, “This second stage of development takes us one step closer to delivering on Chisholm’s ambition to transform lives through relevant and responsive high quality education.”
The new facility will support Chisholm Frankston’s huge enrolment growth of more than 13 per cent in the last year and give more than 2,000 extra students each year the opportunity to access courses that respond to local industry needs such as Community Services, Mental Health, Youth Work and Cyber Security.
Stage 2 of the project has been designed to complement the facilities delivered with the opening of Stage 1 in 2019. Buildings A & B now house state-of the-art facilities for allied health, early childhood education, hair and beauty, plumbing, construction and electrical courses, with replica hospital wards and trade sites to give students the experience they need to leave TAFE job-ready.
Construction on stage 2 is due for completion next year and will create 132 new jobs, including 25 apprenticeships and at least 30 new teaching positions over the next decade, increasing opportunities in education, employment and skills for the Frankston region and Melbourne’s south east corridor.
Chisholm's Director of Campus Services, Infrastructure and IT, Richard Pratten, said Stage Two would further enhance the overall campus experience for all students and staff.
“We have been planning an increase in vocational educational opportunities for the residents of the region for several years, and the commencement of this second stage of development takes us one step closer to delivering on that vision. The Frankston campus masterplan was designed to be delivered in three stages. This second stage builds on the work completed in Stage One and will provide exceptional learning facilities for the students of today and tomorrow across a broad range of courses”
Chisholm Institute is one of Victoria’s premier public vocational education and training providers, that provides quality education and training that leads to real career outcomes. Their long-term success means students can trust that they will learn job ready skills and earn a respected qualification. Chisholm Institute is a government-owned TAFE that offers over 250 certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, bachelor and graduate certificate courses, with each course carefully structured to ensure that all graduates finish with the skills needed to further their career aspirations.
Chisholm Institute Frankston is located at Fletcher Road, Frankston.
The Premier’s Media Release can be found via: www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-era-skills-and-training-frankston
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