Victoria University's Acting Vice-chancellor Professor Linda Rosenman today welcomed the University's success in receiving $38.95 million Education Investment Fund (EIF) money from the federal government for the development of a state-of-the art building and construction centre at VU's Sunshine campus.
Professor Rosenman said, "This is great news for VU' s future students who will be offered places in vocational building and construction courses in the best possible learning environment and train in an area where there are recognised skill shortages."
The Sunshine Construction Futures project will skill and re-skill Australia's building and construction workforce. It will incorporate the training needs of a construction industry whose future rests on the ability of builders, architects and urban designers to accommodate the urgent demands of sustainability and on embracing emerging technologies.
"With a 6 Green Star rating, the building will be an example of environmental design excellence incorporating the latest renewable energy, water preservation, solar design and temperature technologies to reduce VU's carbon footprint.
"Language, literacy and numeracy skills will be included into trades teaching and students' chances of succeeding in gaining qualifications will greatly increase through access to the tailored student support programs."
Christine White, Media Manager
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
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