Funding boost gives students robotic advantage

October 26, 2018 by  

Training for Chisholm TAFE mechanical engineering students is set to step up a notch with the introduction of top robotics equipment.

Announced recently by Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams, the TAFE is to receive a funding boost of $561,000 towards providing industry-standard robots. The extra equipment is used to educate students and bring them up-to-date with advanced manufacturing skills which are required by employers in Dandenong.

Interest in courses encompassing everything from Certificate II to a range of bachelor degrees at Chisholm TAFE, has doubled since 2014, according to Williams who said:

“It shows the confidence in manufacturing as a growth sector. The perception that it’s dying is turning on its head.”

The project, she added, strengthened the likelihood for Victoria to meet future demand for skilled work in the growing sector of manufacturing, particularly in Dandenong where the logo design of many iconic Australian brands still remain.

Williams said an investment of $172 million had been made by the government to provide 18 free pre-apprenticeships and 30 priority courses at TAFE including no tuition fees.

Chief Executive of Chisholm TAFE Rick Ede said coding skills and advanced robotics were keys to a highly-skilled, competitive workforce and that it was imperative for the industry and TAFE to work closely with each other adding:

“This funding means that more of our students are going to be trained with the skills they need to get a job right here in Dandenong.”