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NMIT announces new $9.5 million training centre for Green Collar workers.

01 Jul 2009

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) announced today that it will receive a major Federal Government funding allocation of $9.5 million to construct a Green Skills Centre of Excellence.

The 2,800 square metre centre, based at NMIT's Epping campus, will set a new standard for training in environmentally sustainable practices across a wide selection of industry sectors including manufacturing, construction, training, retail, installation, repair and maintenance.


Design Response (PDF) | Architectural Plans (PDF) of the proposed Green Skills Centre of Excellence showing Orientation, shading, daylight, natural ventilation

This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLCF) for Vocational Education and Training (VET).
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 five-star energy rated building will embody many of the environmentally sustainable principles that will be taught within it.

“Our commitment to the Green Skills Centre of Excellence demonstrates the leadership of NMIT, and the National VET Training System, in the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy,” said NMIT CEO, Mr Brian MacDonald.

“Many businesses face the challenge of sustainable development and seek to retain staff they have already invested in,” added Mr MacDonald. “The new Green Skills Centre will help meet this challenge by re-training and up-skilling existing staff as well as providing job seekers with the latest training in environmentally sustainable practices and technologies that have applications to a wide range of industries.”

The Centre will provide students with greater levels of access to training through in-built communications technologies that allow training to be delivered on-campus, in the workplace, online or a combination of all three modes.

Funding for the project comes from the Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow (TIIFT) program as part of the Federal Government's Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLCF) for Vocational Education and Training (VET)). The TLCF (VET) provides for $500 million during the 2009-10 financial year which will be distributed through initiatives focused on modernising and improving the quality of teaching and learning across the vocational education and training sector. The funding for NMIT's Green Skills Centre comes as part of a total TIIFT funding announcement for the Victorian TAFE sector of $65.2 million.

NMIT is also committed to providing the community with maximum access to the facility by:

encouraging industry to showcase the latest in environmentally sustainable technologies in the Centre.
providing community groups, schools and other industry groups with the opportunity to tour the Centre during evenings and on weekends to raise awareness and demonstrate the value of environmental sustainability.

Construction of the Centre is expected to begin around October and is expected to be completed by mid-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.