Sheed calls for GOTAFE modernisation investment

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Into the future: GOTAFE has a masterplan to modernise the Shepparton campus. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has called on Victorian Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney to visit Shepparton’s Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE campus to see why it is worthy of a $66.6 million investment.

Ms Sheed said the funds were needed to modernise the campus and continue offering students education in a fit-for-purpose building.

During a speech in parliament earlier this month, Ms Sheed said GOTAFE provided a place of entry for young people to set themselves on their future career path.

Ms Sheed said Shepparton had one of Australia’s highest youth unemployment rates and GOTAFE supplied young people with many of the skills required to gain local employment.

“GOTAFE is offering the Shepparton community many of the skills needed to fill the vital roles in our district — qualifications in nursing, allied health, cybersecurity, business and IT, sport and recreation, hospitality, baking, hairdressing and beauty,” she said.

“The tertiary education centre is well supported, with 3800 students studying there.”

GOTAFE has a completed masterplan for redevelopment, which outlines how it will deliver modern learning spaces.

Ms Sheed said GOTAFE was a pivotal part of the Shepparton Education Plan.

“That connection between school and TAFE is very strong in Shepparton,” she said.

“Students share many courses, going backwards and forwards, so the opportunity to now give GOTAFE that injection of funding is very important.”