The Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams visited Chisholm’s Dandenong campus today to announce a $561,000 funding boost to help address skill shortages in the local advanced manufacturing industry.

Kate Apted receives her awardThe funding will allow Chisholm to purchase the latest robotics equipment so that it can recruit and train an additional 50 students each year with the skills required by Dandenong employers.

Chisholm CEO Dr Rick Ede said that teaching advanced robotics and coding skills is important to ensure that Australia maintains a competitive, highly skilled workforce.

“This funding means that more of our students are going to be trained with the skills they need to get a job right here in Dandenong.

“By working closely with the South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA) and other local organisations, we’re ensuring that TAFE and industry is working closely together to address the challenges we face,” Dr Ede said.