MINISTER ANNOUNCES FRANKSTON CAMPUS REDEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT FOR MANUFACTURING AND TRADES
Frankston, 6 October – Joined by Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine, the Hon. Nick Wakeling MP, Minister for Higher Education and Skills, today announced a $45.5 million redevelopment of Chisholm’s Frankston Campus including a government investment of $21.9 million to start the project.
The investment will meet the need for employment related training in the local area and the first stage establishes the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Trades. The Centre will continue the long and successful tradition of trade training for the region and introduce training in advanced manufacturing, including mechatronics, fluid power and more, all of which are essential to the future of a rapidly changing manufacturing sector.
A Centre for Health and Community Services with VET and tertiary studies is also a planned stage in the redevelopment of the campus, and will provide new, state of the art, industry facilities. Health and other services are growing in the region and the new facilities will provide additional opportunities for residents to acquire the skills to take on existing and future employment opportunities
Both of these Centres will provide much needed tertiary options for students from the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula and wider region.
As the largest training provider in Victoria’s South East, and recently announced Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year, Chisholm is committed to the redevelopment of the Frankston campus.
“This first stage in the Frankston Campus redevelopment will generate substantial construction activity and longer-term benefits for Frankston residents and surrounding communities,” says Chisholm CEO Maria Peters.
“Longer term benefits will flow from local students staying in Frankston to study, gaining the skills and qualifications they need for successful employment outcomes and continuing on to work for local industry and businesses. In turn, local industry and businesses will benefit from a skilled local labour supply, allowing skill shortages to be addressed and encouraging innovation and growth.”
Peters went on to explain that there is an indisputable link between quality education and training facilities and positive student experiences. Both staff and students at Chisholm will benefit from the development, making the best of the new environment for teaching and learning.
As manufacturing continues to face pressure in the region, and as the car industry exits, local education and employment options are needed to keep workers skilled, employed and to keep them in the region. The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Trades, followed by the Centre for Health and Community will provide the facilities and course offerings needed to meet this economic and social need.
Chisholm is proud to continue to play this pivotal role.