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Building a future for our building business

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April 13, 2018

Bendigo TAFE director of construction and industry Bruce Hughes with Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp. Photo by Luke Hemer.

BUILDERS, plumbers and electricians in Echuca are set to benefit from almost $500,000 funding from the Victorian Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp announced a $477,000 funding boost for Bendigo TAFE’s Echuca campus to train the next generation of builders, plumbers and electricians.

The TAFE is working with the support of local plumbing, building and electrical businesses and suppliers to train and grow the number of apprentices in the region.

The funding will go towards the purchase of industry related tools and equipment along with the development of new, flexible training resources and assessment materials.

Director of construction and industry at Bendigo TAFE Bruce Hughes said the funding was an important step in making training accessible for locals.

“We’re extremely thankful to have this funding to bring our facility to life. We’re now reaching out to the community for support,” he said.

“I encourage people looking for new skills or a career change to get in touch and make it happen.”

Mr Gepp said the Victorian Government was proud to be investing in the project to ensure there were adequate tradespeople for the local industry.

“This project is another example of how the Andrew’s Labor Government is rebuilding our TAFEs so they can deliver training that makes a real difference in our communities,” he said.

“We have to feed the need of the local community by attracting young people to this facility to learn the skills that will benefit the community into the future.

“We want local people to get involved, so I encourage everyone to get in contact with the TAFE and start utilising this facility.”

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