Delivering A Design Centre Of Excellence For Geelong

Education and training Pillar

Design students at The Gordon TAFE will soon have access to extra training and a new learning space thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens today visited The Gordon to announce $998,000 for a new project to establish a Design Centre of Excellence at the TAFE.

The Centre will enable students from diverse fields such as engineering, advanced building and design, fashion, ICT, and graphic design to work collaboratively on industry-based design challenges.

The project also includes curriculum and training resources, the establishment of four new accredited units and the development of new opportunities for applied research projects and industry mentoring for students.

The Design Centre of Excellence project is being led by The Gordon in partnership with Cotton On Group, Austeng Engineering, 3iD Architecture, and Goop Digital.

To make it easier to access training, the Government is investing $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses that lead to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers tuition free.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 is investing an additional $644 million to strengthen TAFE, address skills shortages and ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney says, “We want all Victorians to have access to the training they need to get a job - collaborations like this one enable TAFE to deliver the skills needed for the jobs in demand. The Design Centre of Excellence project is another great example of the work we’re doing to develop cutting-edge training solutions to meet the needs of students and industry as they adapt in a changing economy.”

Member for Geelong Christine Couzens says, “It’s fantastic to see The Gordon TAFE and some of our leading businesses working together to make sure people in Geelong can access industry relevant training that leads to a job.”

Source: State government media release