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Technical and Further Education (TAFE) campuses across Gippsland in Victoria will receive a $960,000 grant to fund hybrid and electric vehicle training. This will come from the TAFE Technology Fund and marks a significant step forward in the evolution of vocational education in the region.

The grant will revamp TAFE Gippsland’s facilities, replace vital specialist equipment, and introduce top-notch resources tailored for EV automotive training.

Spread across Bairnsdale, Warragul, Leongatha, Port of Sale, and Yallourn, these campuses are poised to equip students with the skills needed to excel in the rapidly growing field of hybrid and electric vehicle technology.

Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, emphasized the strategic importance of this investment in bridging skills gaps and driving regional economic growth.

“To create more opportunities in regional areas for secure and fulfilling jobs, we need to ensure our workforce is equipped with the right skills,” O’Connor remarked.

He highlighted the role of the TAFE Technology Fund in keeping TAFEs across Victoria up to date with technological advancements, especially in high-demand sectors like EV automotive technology.

Hon Gayle Tierney MP, Victorian Minister for Skills and TAFE, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the positive impact of technological investments on regional communities.

“These investments are driving progress while propelling our regional communities toward a future of innovation and opportunity,” Tierney stated.

Senator for Victoria, Jess Walsh, emphasized the importance of integrating hybrid and electric vehicle training into the automotive curriculum.

“Training on hybrid and electric vehicles is now an essential part of automotive education, and thanks to this funding, Gippsland students will have access to upgraded equipment,” Walsh remarked.

She commended TAFE Gippsland for staying ahead of industry trends and ensuring students are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in the changing automotive landscape.

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