$4m grants share: SuniTAFE to open more doors for local students 

HIGHER education and training opportunities for young people in Sunraysia could increase after a funding announcement yesterday.

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall visited SuniTAFE’s Mildura campus to open the second round of project funding being made available through the Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund (RPFF).

The first round of funding for the $20 million commitment, aimed at improving higher education participation and attainment, saw more than $10 million in total awarded to seven projects last year.

The remaining $9.6 million, to be distributed through grants of between $250,000 and $3 million, is now available, with applications for the second funding round to close on February 15.

“We are looking for innovative programs that demonstrate how we can help kids who live in regional Victoria to improve their opportunities to get an education that they might otherwise not be able to get,” Mr Hall said.

In adding that he was “greatly impressed with the innovation of TAFE institutes,” Mr Hall praised SuniTAFE for doing “remarkably well in the face of change that has occurred in the last 12 months” and gave credit “to all of those involved ... for the commitment and innovation shown.”

An enrolment increase beyond the 10 per cent target of its business plan was a “terrific and enormously impressive” outcome for SuniTAFE over the past 12 months, he said.

“(That) shows that preparedness to work together to improve those training opportunities is bearing fruit for the many young people in this region of Victoria and I congratulate you for it,” he said.

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