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Media Alert - Green Skills centre launch a win for sustainable skills jobs and the environment

10 Nov 2010

NMIT launched its new $9.5 million Green Skills Centre at its Epping campus today.

The centre was officially opened by federal member for Scullin and Speaker of the House of Representatives - Harry Jenkins MP at a launch attended by Federal and State parliamentarians including Victorian member for Mill Park and Minister for Community Development - Lily D'Ambrosio MP; local council representatives; industry steering groups, union representatives and NMIT staff among others.

The new, federally funded Green Skills Centre will train and up-skill people currently working in industry in the latest environmentally sustainable skills and technologies. It will also provide current NMIT students (including those studying at other NMIT campuses) with more relevant skills as we move toward a green economy.

“The Green Skills Centre incorporates the latest in equipment and technology for training in sustainable practices across a wide variety of industries,” says Bruce Burns, NMIT Associate Director - Faculty of Engineering. “One of the facility's greatest strengths is its flexibility - it currently has the capacity to cater for multiple industries but will also easily adapt to new green technologies and sustainable practices as they evolve.”

The new Centre will provide learning and skills development in environmentally sustainable practices and technologies including carbon trading, solar power and water heating, wind power generation, geothermal exchange heating and cooling, black and grey water treatment, rainwater harvesting, waste management and recycling, water resource management for horticulture, and agricultural and horticultural land conservation.

The 2,800 square metre centre embodies the skills and technology that will be taught within its walls including: energy efficient building design; renewable energy sources; water harvesting and recycling; green concrete (low cement content); and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) timber. Approximately 80% of all building waste generated by the project was recycled.

Training programs will officially commence at the Centre at the beginning of 2011, however, current NMIT students will begin using during the remainder of 2010.

For more information on the NMIT Green Skills Centre read the Background Notes.


See Whittlesea Leader: Skills with Green tinge (16 Nov 2010)

 

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or jamesgardener@nmit.vic.edu.au

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

 

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