Training for industries including allied health, disability support, food processing and airconditioning are set to receive a financial boost in Shepparton.
State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp announced $564000 for Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s Shepparton campus, which will go towards equipment, subsidising fees and professional development according to GoTAFE acting chief executive Jennifer Oliver.
‘‘It’s very exciting to receive anything that helps our students,’’ Ms Oliver said.
‘‘GoTAFE is pleased to receive this targeted funding to provide specialist training to our niche industries and ensure that students in Shepparton and the Hume region receive opportunities to use their skills in the workforce of the future including the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.’’
Mr Gepp highlighted the fact the NDIS would soon be online, meaning the market for disability support was expected to grow significantly.
He said the pool of funding would address that need by providing increased training provision for the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and Certificate III in Individual Support, with the funding also providing new physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy equipment for students.
The funding will also provide for increased training in food processing through the Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology along with new pasteurising equipment, simulator software and online training resources.
There will also be increased training provision in the Certificate III in AirConditioning and Refrigeration at GoTAFE to increase the pool of airconditioning and refrigeration technicians in the Hume region.
‘‘This has been identified as a high priority from the state government,’’ Ms Oliver said.
The funding is part of the Labor Government’s Regional and Specialist Training Fund.