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Investing in Vocational Education and Training at Swan TAFE

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today visited Swan TAFE in Perth to announce Australian Government funding to support a range of infrastructure and fast-tracked apprenticeship projects.

The Carlisle Campus of Swan TAFE will receive a grant of $5.9 million under the $200 million Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow element of the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training (TLCF).

The funding will be used to refurbish and re-equip the large automotive workshops, which will enable training delivery for a more sustainable automotive industry, including new green skill areas such as hybrid vehicles and electric cars.

The upgrade will provide an additional 150 full time and 360 post trade training places in the conventional and emerging green technology areas of the automotive trade.

Swan TAFE will also receive $2 million under the $200 million Better TAFE Facilities (BTF) element of the TLCF to upgrade existing facilities across five campuses.

Swan TAFE has also been provided with funding of $1.34 million under the brokerage element of the Fast-Track Apprenticeships Program.

Swan TAFE and Charles Darwin University will work to promulgate and replicate successful competency-based training models in conjunction with other RTOs, employers and apprentices, through industry networks in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The project will reform the way apprenticeship training is delivered in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Funding will be provided to eligible training organisations to develop training delivery models that will shorten the duration of apprenticeships, while still meeting the skills and training needs of employers and apprentices.

These initiatives will stimulate the economy by supporting jobs and skilling Australia for a productive future.

More information the TLCF can be found at www.deewr.gov.au/tlcfvet

Further information about the Fast-Track Apprenticeships Program can be obtained by phoning (02) 6240 9046 or (02) 6240 7219 or via email at