Victorian first partnership to offer better training opportunities for students

  • Deakin University and Gordon TAFE partnership a Victorian first
  • Enhancing long term and meaningful job opportunities for local students
  • Napthine Government building a better training system for all Victorians

Students will have access to improved tertiary education opportunities as a result of a Victorian first partnership between Deakin University and The Gordon, Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling announced today.

Launching the initiative in Geelong, Mr Wakeling said the partnership would streamline entry points and guarantee progression from vocational training to university studies.

“This is an exciting day for Geelong. By offering guaranteed entry pathways in a range of disciplines, Deakin University and The Gordon will enable more students to achieve a university qualification and gain long term, meaningful employment,” Mr Wakeling said.

“These pathways will allow students to progress seamlessly from diplomas that equip them with vocational skills to academically-grounded degree study in disciplines such as engineering, accounting, nursing and early childhood education.

“Deakin and The Gordon’s partnership will ensure obtaining tertiary education becomes even more affordable and accessible for students in Geelong, the Barwon region and Melbourne’s west,” Mr Wakeling said.

Mr Wakeling said both institutions were responding to changing training demands, and building on the work Deakin University and The Gordon have undertaken as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $11 million Skilling the Bay Initiative.

“The Coalition’s investment in Skilling the Bay is enabling training providers to respond to changes in skills demand as the Geelong region’s economy shifts towards growing industries, such as healthcare, community services and advanced manufacturing,” Mr Wakeling said.

“A key part of Skilling the Bay is supporting collaboration, and I’m proud to see Deakin University and The Gordon take the next step with this new partnership which will enable students to attain jobs into the future.”

Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos welcomed the new partnership and the enhanced support for local industries and students in Geelong.

“The Napthine Government has been strongly investing in The Gordon, as a provider of high quality vocational education and training,” Mr Katos said.

Since 2010, funding to The Gordon has increased by 11 per cent, to $59 million in 2013.

“With a record $1.2 billion invested in Vocational Education and Training (VET) per year, the Napthine Government remains committed to building a better training system for all Victorians,” Mr Wakeling said.

Media contact: Madeleine Babiolakis 0428 833 571 madeleine.babiolakis@minstaff.vic.gov.au


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