A Shorten Labor Government will invest $460,000 to equip Mt Gravatt TAFE fashion and design students for the industries of the future.
The investment will provide TAFE students with a new computer aided design and fashion manufacturing lab.
It follows a $1.5 million commitment by the Palaszczuk Government to make Mt Gravatt TAFE a Centre of Excellence for Fashion and Design.
Graduates from Mt Gravatt TAFE have won national and international awards for their fashion and design skills, many going on to work at some of the top design houses in Europe.
Federal Labor’s investment in this advanced technology will ensure that Mt Gravatt TAFE maintains its position as a leading fashion and design education facility.
The new technology will allow for the creation of adaptable modular designs using 3D printing and cutting technology; the manufacture of 2D patterns; provide visualisation technology; and specialised equipment so students can work with delicate materials for repair and conservation.
Labor is committed to rebuilding TAFE to ensure students have the skills they need to get jobs in transforming industries and with new technologies.
Federal Member for Griffith, Terri Butler said this investment will enhance the recent $1.5 million Queensland State Government investment at Mt Gravatt.
“This is a welcome boost for fashion and design students on Brisbane’s Southside,” Ms Butler said.
“Only Labor understands the importance of vocational education and this and other commitments to Queensland TAFE are testament to that.”
Labor’s candidate for Bonner Jo Briskey welcomed the commitment and said the upgrade will be great for students.
“It’s really important that Queensland students and apprentices have the resources they need to learn and start their careers,” Ms Briskey said.
“This will be good for students, good for their careers and good for Queensland TAFE’s Mt Gravatt campus.”
The Mt Gravatt upgrade is part of Federal Labor’s $200 million Building TAFE for the Future Fund aimed at revitalising TAFE campuses across Australia.
The Palaszczuk Government has recently committed an additional $15 million to revitalise the whole Mt Gravatt campus in 2019-20.
Federal Labor has also committed to more than $1 billion in additional investment in TAFE and apprenticeships including waiving the up-front fees for 100,000 TAFE students.
Labor’s plans to restore TAFE as the foundation skills and training provider across the country and is committed to ensuring at least two thirds of all government funding for vocational education will go to TAFE.
A Shorten Labor Government will conduct a once in a generation inquiry into the post-secondary education system to identify and fix the problems created by the Liberals.
WEDNESDAY, 24 APRIL 2019