East Gippsland Institute of TAFE in Bairnsdale has a new name to reflect its dynamic role in the region.
Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall today announced Advance TAFE as the new name for East Gippsland TAFE during a visit to the Bairnsdale campus.
“Advance TAFE will continue to build on its proud tradition of educational excellence in the East Gippsland region supporting the vocational and training needs of business, industry and the local community,” Mr Hall said.
“Today’s launch is a milestone for vocational education in Gippsland and comes at an important time for the region with the development of the Gippsland Tertiary Education Plan, which provides for a major expansion of tertiary education and training across the region.”
Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull also praised Advance TAFE for its commitment to innovation and community engagement.
“The review and design process to arrive at the new name and brand has been more than two years in the making and involved extensive consultation with around 1,500 current and past students and business and industry representatives,” Mr Bull said.
“The new corporate design reflects the vision of a dynamic, professional educational organisation focused on growth within and beyond the region.”
Both Mr Hall and Mr Bull paid tribute to the role played by the institute since it was formally established in 1986.
“This region has a rich history of vocational education and training extending over more than 100 years with the former Bairnsdale School of Mines and both the Bairnsdale and Sale technical schools. This wonderful tradition continues today with Advance TAFE,” Mr Hall said.
During his visit Mr Hall also discussed progress on the Gippsland Tertiary Education Plan and a range of other government led initiatives to boost vocational education and training in the region.
The Victorian Coalition Government will make a record investment of around $1.2 billion in vocational training this year, with the figure expected to increase to around $1.3 billion in 2012.