BENDIGO TAFE’s Echuca campus trade wing has been upgraded and is ready to welcome students as part of its 2018 Vocational Education and Training in Schools(VETiS) program.
VETiS offers secondary school students hands-on experience and an early start on a trade-specific career pathway.
Over 140 students from seven schools including St Joseph’s College, Rochester, St Mary of the Angels and Cohuna Secondary College, Kerang Technical High School, St Augustine’s College Kyabram and Rushworth P-12 College started their VETiS programs on Wednesday.
The subjects offered include engineering, animal studies, building and construction, kitchen operations and retail.
The programs are delivered over a two-year period in specialist workplace simulated spaces within the newly renovated trade wing, commercial kitchen and hair salon.
Bendigo TAFE chief executive Trevor Schwenke said the trade wing upgrades are a further confirmation of Bendigo TAFE’s commitment to the Echuca region.
“It will be our biggest intake of VETiS students in Echuca for some time and it couldn’t have happened without the support of local schools,” he said.
“A large number of VETiS students go on to undertake and complete further studies, with many undertaking these in the same fields as their VETiS studies.
“Through the success of the VETiS programs, it is hoped the range of study areas delivered in Echuca can be expanded in the future.”