A contractor has been selected to construct the $6.25 million facilities at TAFE Gippsland’s Warragul campus funded by the Victorian Government.
The winning builder was Gippsland company Becon Constructions who is tasked with delivering a new campus entrance, training spaces and refurbished staff accommodation.
This multi-million-dollar project was funded as part of the State Government’s $55 million TAFE Asset Maintenance Program to build critical education infrastructure that will help contribute to the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The new facilities aim to deliver education to students in increasingly popular courses to create a pipeline of skilled workers for the local industry.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing commented on the project, saying: “This is critical educational infrastructure that will give great opportunities to local students and create highly skilled workers to support local industries.”
TAFE Gippsland CEO Grant Radford stated how the funding would impact TAFE students.
“This funding will ensure TAFE Gippsland students have the best possible learning experience and the skills they need to make them more job-ready and prepared for long and meaningful careers.”
Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney detailed how the funding would positively impact the economy.
“This project is part of our record investment in TAFE – ensuring Victoria has a strong skills and training sector and bolstering the economy as the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic,” Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney said.
Becon Constructions currently employs 20 Gippsland locals. Works are expected to finish on the TAFE in late 2021.
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