Chisholm unveils the future of TAFE in Frankston
Chisholm has opened the state-of-the-art Frankston Learning and Innovation Precinct (FLIP), an $85 million redevelopment which will transform the delivery of TAFE courses in Melbourne’s South-East and beyond.
Officially opened by Premier Daniel Andrews today, the Precinct has been specifically designed to meet the changing training and education needs of the region, ensuring students have the skills they need to enter the workforce.
Chisholm interim CEO Stephen Varty said that the new facilities are part of Chisholm’s commitment to preparing students for their future careers, giving these students the skills they need to hit the ground running from their first day on the job.
“Today is a proud day for Chisholm as we open the doors to the fantastic new Frankston Learning and Innovation Precinct. What I’m most excited about is what the Precinct has made possible. We are creating relevant, responsive, agile and positive experiences and lifelong connections for our students, staff and the community.
“I’m excited about the tens of thousands of health, early childhood, building and construction students from Frankston and across the globe who will walk through these doors in the years to come.
“The opening of this new training precinct is an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our staff and students, as we continue to work together to make Chisholm an even better place to learn and work,” Varty said.
“For many years, Chisholm has led the way in providing opportunities and access to education. We now embark on a new stage of that journey as we ramp up our capability to deliver world-class training and education for students across Melbourne’s South-East, enabling us to meet the current and future needs of a rapidly changing economy,” Varty said.
Consisting of two new buildings, FLIP has the capacity to train nearly 4,000 students at one time.
Building A is dedicated to nursing and health, early childhood education, and hair, beauty and wellness. It includes model health wards and a fully-functional spa which replicate the modern workplace.
Building B recreates the real-world environment of technical trade sites for students enrolled in courses in building and construction, plumbing, electrical, engineering and electro technology.
Sustainability was also a key driver in the precinct’s design. The buildings have been fitted with EcoSoft carpets made from 400,000 recycled bottles which would have otherwise ended up in landfill.
The technologically advanced, state-of-the-art training facilities housed within the redevelopment are part of the Victorian Government’s record investment in TAFE. This new skills and training precinct will benefit communities in Frankston and beyond, setting a new benchmark for the delivery of TAFE courses in Australia.
Stage 2 of the Chisholm Frankston campus project will replace existing buildings C and E with a modern, cutting edge, multi-level learning facility.
Speaking at today’s official event, Premier Daniel Andrews talked to the transformative power of TAFE in Victoria.
"Right across the state, TAFE-qualified Victorians are building our transport network, farming our fields and caring for our most vulnerable – we’ll always back them and back our TAFE sector,” Andrews said.
Chisholm will be holding a Frankston Community Open Day on Saturday 19 October from 11am. For more information click here
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