New Sunshine Skills Hub Opened By Minister

New Sunshine Skills Hub Opened By Minister

Victoria Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney

New Sunshine Skills Hub Opens Its Doors To Students

Victor P Taffa

Students in Melbourne’s west now have access to a brand-new skills hub at Victoria University Polytechnic, thanks to the Andrews Government.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney today opened the new Sunshine Skills Hub and met with female students to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

“Skills that students develop at the Sunshine Skills Hub will drive innovation and support Victoria’s future economic success.” Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney said.

“Sunshine Skills Hub will be an important link between our schools, TAFE’s, universities and industry.”

Sunshine Skills Hub at Victoria University Polytechnic includes a health and community services centre of excellence as well as an innovation and incubation space, along with a learning commons and cafe.

“This is a big day for Melbourne’s West. Victoria University has played a critical role for the past 100 years in providing the community practical training and its new Skills Hub will contribute to a thriving economy and the jobs of the future.” Member for St. Albans Natalie Suleyman said.

Innovation centre is equipped with teaching rooms complete with new technology to teach students advanced manufacturing, rapid prototype development and problem-solving skills.

Innovation centre will give students the opportunity to get hands-on experience using robotics, virtual reality, writing code, 3D printers and exercising their problem-solving skills.

“We’re giving students in Melbourne’s West hands-on experience using robotics, virtual reality, writing code and using 3D printers.” Member for Western Metropolitan Region Ingrid Stitt said.

Hub will also support the development of industry partnerships, and increase and expand vocational education opportunities.

“We’re investing in projects like the Sunshine Skills Hub so more Victorians get good, skilled jobs building our state and caring for our community.” Member for Western Metropolitan Region Cesar Melhem said.

Andrews Government has provided $10 Million toward the project, with Victoria University and the Ian Potter Foundation providing $20 Million and $5 Million respectively.

Andrews Government is investing in TAFE facilities and campuses to transform skills training and help more Victorians get good, skilled jobs building our state and caring for our community.

Abbreviations:

TAFE              Technical and Further Education