TAFE boosts training for creative sector with govt funding
The Victorian Government has provided a boost for the creative industries in North East Victoria, supporting Wodonga TAFE to give local art students a pathway to the workforce. Graphic design students have been gaining industry-relevant experience at the TAFE’s design hub, which was established with a $100,246 Victorian Government grant and features equipment including computers, cameras, a high-end printer and an interactive board with a large screen. As part of their training, students undertake projects for local organisations and businesses, including creating logos and materials for the Veteran’s Hub, Apex Club, Albury Wodonga Bandits Basketball Club and Albury Tennis Club. Six former TAFE design graduates have also been employed by North Albury company Mad Marketing.
“This project is exactly why we’ve made a record investment in the state’s skills, training and higher education sector — to provide bright futures to Victorians while also meeting skills demands and strengthening the economy,” said Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training and Skills.
The Victorian Government has supported other creative courses at Wodonga TAFE, investing $71,000 to support enrolments and equipment for students in the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration course and $44,000 to help Wodonga TAFE run the online regional Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production course. Since 2013, the government has made a $3.2 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding careers. The 2021/22 Victorian Budget also includes a $383.8 million investment in the sector to provide training for Victorians seeking in-demand jobs.
“The success of the creative hub is just the beginning — we’re already looking to expand it to open up opportunities for students in photography, interior design, fashion and hairdressing to further connect with local industry,” said Phil Paterson, CEO of Wodonga TAFE.
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