The GippsTAFE Chadstone Campus is currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar transformation that is by far the biggest and most exciting change to the facility in the last 40 years. This project will reshape the utility training environment and significantly enhance the training opportunities offered to industry within the region.
The project involves the removal of almost all the existing buildings and training yard infrastructure, which will then be replaced with new facility, tailored to meet the current and emerging needs of the electricity, gas, and telecommunications industries.
We have focused not only on the vocational training needs of the industry, but also on broader aspects such as: research and development; renewable energy, advanced diploma and management level training and conference and meeting facilities. At the same time we are taking a lead role in work practice and standards development.
The project budget of $22 million includes $16.2 million provided by Federal funding, as part of the Education Investment Fund. The balance of funds is to be provided by GippsTAFE along with in-kind support from industry.
What will it look like?
The first of three new buildings is on track to be completed in September 2011. This new building will be the centre for telecommunications training as well as electrical and gas servicing. This building will also include a specialised facility for Occupational Health and Safety training.
The new building will provide a level of functionality and training flexibility not possible with the old facility. Considerable emphasis has been placed on providing students with authentic simulations of real work environments and scenarios.
The second building is due for completion in March 2012. This dominant 3 story structure will be the central focus and heart of the campus, providing teaching spaces, a fully equipped cafeteria, administration, a 110 seat lecture theatre and adjacent conference centre.
The final building will be the home of the specialist energy training facility and will provide indoor training areas for electrical line work, underground cable jointing, high voltage switchgear operation and maintenance, plus an area dedicated to hands on training in the protection, control and SCADA disciplines.
In addition, the training yard is undergoing a complete rework, to provide for a more complex interconnected network of electrical, gas and telecommunications infrastructure.
The entire project is due for completion in April 2012.
Until then it’s business as usual
Construction works are well underway. The extensive civil and earth works have now been completed, and the new buildings are starting to take shape.
Despite all the building activity, the campus continues to be fully operational.
Already this year the GippsTAFEChadstone Campus has enroled 281 electrical apprentices (an increase of 70% over last year), 92 gas trainees and 70 telecommunications trainees.
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