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"We will continue to provide excellent TAFE education," says Victoria University

The recent changes to TAFE funding have caused confusion and concern among many people thinking about studying a TAFE course.

Victoria University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Students, Professor Anne Jones said, "With all of the publicity surrounding the future of TAFE in Victoria, we want to reassure our local community that we are continuing to offer a wide range of valuable TAFE courses.

"Victoria University TAFE courses are high quality and our students can be confident that our courses are accepted by both industry and government." Professor Jones said.

Victoria University is offering a range of courses in June so that students who enrol now are guaranteed current 2012 fees until the end of the year and can bypass the Victorian Government subsidy cuts which take effect from 1 July.

Victoria University TAFE has certificate and diploma courses on offer, including accounting, business, IT, animal studies, massage therapy, fitness, building and construction, and plumbing, and new students can enrol now for a mid-year start in these career oriented courses.

Professor Jones said: "Our building and construction and plumbing courses regularly win awards in the WorldSkills Australia competitions and our furniture makers won furniture making and cabinet making categories of the Victorian Furnishing Industry Training Awards."

VU student Chris Parker used to be a chef but he wanted to be self employed and build his own house so he enrolled in a Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry). He said, "The pay for carpenters is a lot better and there are more opportunities for self employment and a lot more hands on opportunities. You get to create something larger scale as opposed to a chef creating a dish."

Professor Jones said, "Victoria University is committed to continuing to provide a positive student experience and access to excellentTAFE education, to the diverse population of Melbourne's west."

 

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Media contact:

Christine WhitePublic Affairs Unit, Victoria University, 9919 4322; 0434 602 884; media@vu.edu.au

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