Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Gayle Tierney visited Frankston campus today to formally announce the investment by the Victorian Government for the second stage of the campus redevelopment that will provide students with a modern, cutting edge, multi-level learning facility.
The two oldest buildings on the campus will be demolished to make way for a three-storey learning facility on the south east corner of the campus. It will connect with the $85m Stage 1 Frankston Learning and Innovation Precinct that was completed and officially opened in 2019.
“This is how you get people back into education and employment - you give them the very best learning experience possible so they can have faith that the training they are getting is the most up-to-date and relevant available,” Minister Tierney said.
Chisholm Director and CEO Stephen Varty said that the high-performing, flexible teaching spaces in the new facility will create greater capacity for Chisholm to respond to forecast growth in other high-demand programs across the campus.
“Stage 2 will provide new learning hubs for courses which respond to our growing local industry needs and will relocate our existing classrooms and workshop areas to premises that are more conducive to a modern learning experience, supported by flexible fit-out and infrastructure and the latest learning technologies,” Mr Varty said.
New contemporary learning hubs will enhance the delivery of Community Services, Business, IT and Cyber Security, Foundation College, Art and Design and Sport and Recreation.
The learning spaces will be supported by a Student Experience Centre and Student Hub, Showcase Gallery, food and beverage outlets, and staff workspaces.
New outdoor areas will also provide opportunities for recreation, connectivity between buildings across the campus, and much needed general amenity, including active and passive environments. These will be located on both the ground floor and in terraced areas on the upper levels of the building.
The project is part of the overall $107.6 million investment in the Building Better TAFEs fund.
Works are expected to start in July 2021 and create 136 local construction jobs.
The redevelopment will make the Frankston campus one of the most advanced and innovative training and skills institutes in Australia.
The Victorian Budget 2020/21 announced this week includes an unprecedented overall investment of $1 billion to ensure Victoria has the training and skills system it needs as the state emerges from the global pandemic.