The Andrews Labor Government has provided a much needed boost to Chisholm Institute with $3.5 million in funding to support local students.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley joined with the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert at Chisholm’s Dandenong campus to announce the funding which is part of the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund.

This much needed boost will allow the institute to expand and improve programs featuring academic and learner support, online tutoring, engagement activities as well as improving library resources.

The visit also marked the launch of an innovative new partnership between Chisholm and Ventura Bus Lines to provide a Certificate III in Driving Operations/Foundation Skills to train new bus drivers.

Ventura expects to create 150 new jobs over the next two years and more bus drivers than ever are needed given the large investment the Andrews Government is spending on buses including in the Casey area.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Couacaud Judith Graley:

“This is fantastic news for our young people who will now have more opportunities to secure the training and skills they need to get a job,”

“I urge everyone, young and old alike to hop on the bus, come to Chisholm and see what they can do to get you trained up and ready for work,”

“We know that more bus drivers are needed than ever before thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s significant investment in our local bus network and this announcement will help ensure we see more buses and better services.”