Green Trades Complex under way
Date posted: Thursday 18 Feb 2010
The complex, which is based at Swinburne's Croydon campus, is being funded by a $10 million grant from the federal government. Building works are on track to be completed by mid 2010.
According to Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (TAFE) Linda Brown, the Green Trades Complex will allow Swinburne to lead initiatives for green training and help Australian industries make the transition to a low-carbon economy.
"Swinburne's strategy of creating skills for the 21st century will be directly advanced through the creation of this centre of excellence for green trades," she said.
"The centre will enable more than 2,500 new apprentices to be trained in green trades by 2015."
Incorporating a Green Trades Building and Green Plumbing Tower, the complex will deliver green training in the fields of building, construction and plumbing. It will up-skill and re-skill workers in water-wise plumbing and irrigation systems, recycled grey water and solar installations.
The facility will be the first of its kind in Victoria and according to Brown, has the strong support of industry and the local community.
"With a quarter of employment in Croydon coming from the construction and manufacturing industries, the complex will have a real impact locally, as well as nationally," she said.
According to Brown, the new centre will allow Swinburne to realise its vision for the Croydon campus. "After researching best green trade training practice across the country we are now in a position to deliver it and prepare Australian industries for the future."
The Green Trades Complex project is funded by the Australian Government through the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLCF) for Vocational Education and Training (VET).