Victoria’s Caravan Industry will soon have access to new cutting edge training thanks to a new project funded under the Andrews Government’s Workplace Training Innovation Fund.

At Victoria’s first ever Caravan Industry Trade Exhibition, Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny MP announced the $1.2 million project which will deliver the Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacture in for the first time at scale, on-site and with collaboration between industry and the training provider.

The Caravan Industry Manufacturing Excellence project is being led by Caravan Trades and Industries Association of Victoria in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic and NOVA Caravans Pty Ltd.

They will work together on-site at NOVA Caravans to build an industry-first end-to-end manufacturing line training model and develop training materials as well as targeted student support to help students master the skills they need for each stage of the manufacturing line.

The key lessons from the project will then be used to establish a proposed new National Caravan Industry Centre of Excellence at Melbourne Polytechnic.

The project is being funded under the Government’s Workplace Training Innovation Fund which is ensuring students receive high quality training that delivers the workforce skills employers need.

The Fund is supporting Victorian TAFEs and training providers to work in partnership with industry to develop innovative new training programs, products and projects that harness the very latest technologies and approaches.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 is investing an additional $644 million to strengthen TAFE, address skills shortages and ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job.

To make it easier to access training, the Government is investing $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses that lead to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers tuition free.

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny MP

More than 90 per cent of all recreational vehicles and caravans in Australia are made right here in Victoria — in what we call the Education State.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be investing this innovative project that will play a key role in helping our state’s next generation of workers develop the skills they need to secure real jobs and build successful careers.”

“It is another great example of the work we’re doing to develop innovative, cutting-edge training solutions to meet the needs of students and industry as they adapt in a constantly changing economy.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“The previous Liberal Government spent four years cutting TAFE and closing campuses – we’re rebuilding TAFE to make sure Victorians can get the training the need to get a job.”