Victoria’s TAFEs would be rebuilt and upgraded under a $220 million program promised by the state Labor government.
Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday pledged the Building Better TAFEs Fund cash splash if re-elected in November.
‘‘A growing Victoria needs more and more people with skills and TAFE is the place to get them because TAFE has the 100per cent support of our government,’’ Mr Andrews said yesterday.
Melbourne Polytechnic has been tagged for a $40million rebuild with facilities for digital media production, IT training, creative arts and foundation studies.
Other sites selected would be revealed at a later date, Mr Andrews said.
The government also announced that it reinstated trade papers for apprentices at the end of their courses.
The certificates were scrapped under the previous coalition government, but those who have successfully completed apprenticeships in the past five years would have their papers recognised.
‘‘We are introducing trade papers because there are calls from industry and employers to have a certificate that actually states what people have done and what occupations they’ll be able to move into,’’ Training Minister Gayle Tierney said.