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Apprenticeship technical college continues to trade

Western suburbs award winning technical college will continue to offer Year 10, 11 and 12 students with award winning educational facilities, in association with Victoria University.

This follows the federal government's endorsement to enable the new $9 million campus to continue to operate under the auspices of the State government.

The 4000sqm innovative campus that forms part of Western Melbourne's Harvester education and training precinct incorporates sustainable best practice design principles and flexible learning.

The College will continue to be supported by an advisory body with industry members, most of whom have businesses located in Victoria's Western suburbs.

Barry McCarthy, Toyota Institute Australia manager, also a board member of ATC Sunshine and fellow board member, Sunshine College's principal, Tim Blunt, issued a joint statement to convey how jubilant they are at the government's decision to continue to support the College.

"We have enjoyed significant success in a few short years and we are intent on continuing with our vision to provide students with complementary pathways for transitions to trade careers – and local industry with top class apprentices," said Barry McCarthy.

Tim Blunt said: "There is no other comparable facility in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Harvester Technical College (formerly ATC Sunshine) harnesses the collective resources of the secondary and TAFE systems through Sunshine College and Victoria University."

Chief executive, ATC Sunshine, Nick Martin, said it was a major relief for all staff, students and their families that this unique model of trade entry education would continue to grow and continue to be a beacon for applied learning in Victoria.

"Combined with local industry, employers and an employer association, this new concept provides real opportunities for the future for young people to stay in education and follow a pathway into the trades.

"The school-based apprenticeships the College provides will greatly assist what has been a persistent problem to improve retention levels in Victoria's Western regions."

Coralie Morrissey, acting deputy vice chancellor Victoria University, said: "The College will continue to deliver and expand pathways for VCAL and VCE students with access to the Faculty of Technical Trades and Innovation."

Harvester Technical College currently offers careers in automotive, building, construction, metals, engineering, electro-technology and commercial cookery and are looking to expand into hairdressing, transport and logistics.

Further information contact: Yvonne Nicolas on: 0418 898 319 or

VU A/Media Manager, Andy Gash on: 0411 255 900

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