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VU welcomes funding for Trade Training Centre

Media release

9 March 2009

VU welcomes funding for Trade Training Centre

Victoria University's Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor John McCallum, has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of $11.2 million for the Western Edge Cluster Trade Training Centre.

The purpose-built Trade Training Centre will be built at Victoria University's Melton Campus.

Professor McCallum said: "The Western Edge Cluster is a consortium of Melton Schools, and the new Centre will enable them to offer technical trade subjects at Certificate III level to their students."

"The funding will provide much needed financial investment in Melbourne's west. It will help provide the skills that are not only being demanded by students - but skills that are needed in a rapidly growing area."

The new facility will offer seven courses in the areas of electrotechnology, carpentry, fitting, hairdressing and engineering.

Professor McCallum said: "VU will teach three of the courses."

"This development is an excellent example of the type of educational use that the University is seeking for Melton Campus."

The Western Edge Cluster is a consortium of the following eight schools: Kurunjang Secondary College; Caroline Springs College - Lakeview Later Years Campus; Catholic Regional College - Melton; Melton Christian College; Melton Secondary College; Melton Specialist School; Mowbray College; and Staughton College.

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