Federation Training today invited the Gippsland community to take part in a series of community forums to help shape a bright future for the region’s own TAFE.

“Federation Training is an integral part of Gippsland,” Board Chair Des Powell said. “It has a vision to be a leader in education and training, partnering with communities and industry to build a socially vibrant, economically strong Gippsland.

“We are here to help students – regardless of their age or background – get the best training possible so they develop the skills they need to get the jobs they want, now and in the future.”
Federation Training Managing Director, Jonathan Davis, said his new executive team was working hard to build a forward-looking, accountable TAFE for Gippsland that creates job-ready graduates through quality teaching.

To help shape its future, Mr Davis announced five community forums would be held throughout September and October on Federation Training’s campuses and at other locations across Gippsland. The forums would provide an opportunity for locals – from current and future students, their families, small business owners, industry and other key stakeholders – to have their say on what they are looking for from Gippsland’s own TAFE.
Issues that are likely to be discussed include:

  • Ensuring that Gippsland’s skills base meets the region’s current industry needs and future opportunities
  • Giving Gippslanders every opportunity to retrain and participate in post-school education so that they can enter the job market
  • Making smarter use of technology to offer more flexible course delivery and improve teaching quality
  • Ensuring excellence in teaching practice and training products
  • Providing specialist teacher training to enable improved support for students with specific learning difficulties.

Mr Davis welcomed the Victorian Government’s operational and logistical assistance in supporting Federation Training to develop a comprehensive, community-driven strategic plan.

Following the community forums, Federation Training’s Board will develop the next phase of its strategic plan to be presented to the Victorian Government by the end of November 2017, for implementation from the start of 2018.