Question on Notice
asked on 13 June 2019
MR J KELLY ASKED THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS AND MINISTER FOR TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (HON S FENTIMAN) —
With reference to National TAFE Day —
Will the Minister provide information on the investment in this year’s budget for Mt Gravatt TAFE?
In 2019-20, the Queensland Government is investing more than $105 million to renew and expand Queensland’s training infrastructure, providing flexible state of the art facilities.
The Mt Gravatt TAFE campus is a full campus offering non-trade training and specialising in fashion design, creative arts and horticulture. It also offers training in areas such as business, education support, English language studies, hospitality and screen and media.
In recent years the Mount Gravatt campus has transformed to become a leader in Queensland for fashion design and creative arts. In the 2019-20 State budget the Palaszczuk Government will invest $15 million on upgrades at Mount Gravatt TAFE to transform it into Queensland’s first vocational education DesignTech precinct. As part of this investment works include upgrades to facilities for fashion and creative arts studies and reinvigoration of campus environment.
An additional $2.1 million has been allocated for upgrades and maintenance including new horticulture facilities.
Last month TAFE Queensland showcased the Mt Gravatt campus to the Queensland fashion and design industry through their annual ICON Fashion Show, recognising the amazing talents of the graduating students in the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology.
The Mt Gravatt campus has seen an increase of 35% in Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology enrolments in 2018-19.
TAFE students like Thu, a previous recipient of the Jimmy Choo Fashion Scholarship, Thu was lucky enough to go on a London Fashion study tour, there she met with many famous designers. Thu will soon undertake an internship with a designer in Sydney.
This $15 million investment in the Mt Gravatt campus will ensure students can get the most up to date, industry standard training – making sure they’re job ready once they graduate.