The Andrews Labor Government is supporting training and job creation, opening a new purpose-built $26 million trades training facility at Chisholm Institute’s Berwick Campus today.

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, officially opened the Berwick Trade Careers Centre, which includes a multi-trade simulated building site that supports training in carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying and electrical work taking place at the same time.

Mr Herbert, who was joined by Member for Narre Warren North, Luke Donnellan and Member for Narre Warren South, Judith Graley, said this innovative approach provides students and apprentices with an environment similar to an actual work site – ideal preparation valued by employers.

The centre offers high capacity electro-technology, telecommunications and plumbing laboratories, and hair and beauty salons. These will boost Chisholm’s ability to deliver training that addresses skills shortages in Melbourne’s south-east in areas such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, bricklaying and hairdressing.

The new facility is also supporting Chisholm Institute to develop stronger ties with local industries, with seminar and demonstration rooms attracting local business and experts.

The Labor Government’s $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund, announced yesterday, will support TAFE institutes like Chisholm to strengthen these industry ties, developing partnerships to help tackle unemployment.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert

“This new facility will help Chisholm Institute deliver more training in skills shortage occupations across the south-east, supporting locals to develop the skills they need to get the jobs they want.”

“The Centre’s innovative approach to construction industry training will help students and apprentices learn to navigate work on a building site, giving them an advantage.”

“This comes in addition to our $25 million commitment to the redevelopment of Chisholm’s Frankston Campus, as part of our $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren North, Luke Donnellan

“Young people and their families deserve the very best education and training opportunities close to home.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South, Judith Graley

“Our growing local community is home to many young people who are looking to gain the skills, training and confidence they need to get ahead in the workforce.”

“Too many are struggling to find work or access training and this great local facility will provide them with the opportunity to do just that.”

The Berwick Trade Careers Centre:

• Offers training from Certificate III to Diploma level, with work pathways for young people in particular

• Apprentices and students began training in the new facility earlier this year

• Certificate IV and Diploma of Building Construction, as post-trade qualifications, will be offered from the second half of 2015