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Contract won to build multi-million dollar TAFE Gippsland upgrade

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A builder has been selected to construct a $6.25 million facility at TAFE Gippsland’s Warragul campus, funded by the Victorian Government.

Gippsland company Becon Constructions won the contract to deliver a new campus entrance, training spaces and refurbished staff accommodation.

“This is critical educational infrastructure that will give great opportunities to local students and create highly skilled workers to support local industries,” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.

The project was funded as part of the State Government’s $55 million TAFE Asset Maintenance Program to build critical educational infrastructure that will help contribute to the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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“This funding will ensure TAFE Gippsland students have the best possible learning experience and the skills they need to make them more job-ready and prepared for long and meaningful careers,” TAFE Gippsland CEO Grant Radford said.

The new facilities aim to deliver education to students in increasingly popular courses to create a pipeline of skilled workers for the local industry.

“This project is part of our record investment in TAFE – ensuring Victoria has a strong skills and training sector and bolstering the economy as the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic,” Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney said.

Becon Constructions employs 20 Gippsland locals and works are expected to finish in late 2021.

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