More Geelong residents will have access to free TAFE with two early childhood courses to be added to the initiative under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. 

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care would become free under a re-elected Labor Government, helping to support the massive job growth expected as part of Labor’s plan to introduce universal three-year-old kindergarten.

This is a massive reform, and it needs a massive workforce investment to support it. We estimate that the three-year-old kinder reforms will create jobs for 4,900 additional kinder teachers and more than 2,000 additional early childhood educators.

To further support this demand Labor will also provide over 8,000 scholarships for people studying to become kinder teachers at university.

Labor will also upgrade TAFEs across the state as part of the new $220 million Building Better TAFEs Fund, which will see facilities and campuses rebuilt around Victoria, making sure that every community has a great local TAFE.

As part of this fund, Labor will invest $13.5 million to upgrade the Gordon Culinary School at the TAFE’s Gordon City Campus – delivering state-of-the-art training facilities for cookery and hospitality students in Geelong.

The funding will mean the Gordon can deliver the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Project as well as establish The Gordon Social Enterprise Café and a new bakery training facility.

As part of the transformation of Victoria’s training sector, Labor is creating 30,000 new training places, upgrading and rebuilding TAFE campuses and making TAFE free for 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses.

The investment is in stark contrast to the previous Liberal Government, which cut over $1 billion from our TAFEs, closing 22 campuses and facilities across the state, and sacking 2,400 TAFE teachers and staff.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“Introducing universal three-year-old kinder is one of the biggest social reforms in this state’s history. But we know that we need to train people to deliver it.”

“That is why we will make another two early childhood TAFE courses free to ensure we can meet this demand and help passionate people to become highly skilled early educators.”

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“Our massive three year old kinder reform will create many jobs in the sector - and this investment will mean we have more early childhood workers for Geelong.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“Not only will we support educators at TAFE, Labor is lending a hand to tertiary trained early childhood teachers.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman

“This is an investment in the future of our kids.  We know we will need more staff and that is why we will provide free TAFE to deliver our huge reform.”

Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren

“Under the Liberals, the Gordon TAFE was on its knees, but thanks to Labor it’s better than ever. Free TAFE for early childhood educators is great news for those looking to work in this sector and for every family who relies on it.”