Vic Tech Schools to boost STEM skills, state govt says

The Victorian government today revealed the locations of 10 ‘Tech Schools’ that it says will boost access to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.

The schools will be hosted at TAFEs and universities. The locations and hosts are:

• Ballarat: Federation University, Ballarat campus
• Banyule: Melbourne Polytechnic, Greensborough campus
• Bendigo: La Trobe University, Flora Hill campus
• Casey: Chisholm Institute, Berwick campus
• Geelong: Gordon Institute, Geelong City campus
• Gippsland: Federation Training, Morwell campus
• Monash: Monash University, Clayton campus and John Monash Science School
• Whittlesea: Melbourne Polytechnic, Epping campus
• Wyndham: Victoria University, Werribee campus
• Yarra Ranges: Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside campus

Labor took a policy of resurrecting a system of technical schools to the 2014 state election.

The Victorian government has allocated $116 million for the construction of the schools, and the state budget, handed down today included $24 million over four years for the costs of operating the new institutions.

The schools will open in 2017 and 2018.

“We promised 10 Tech Schools across Victoria, and we’re delivering them,” acting premier James Merlino said.

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