New partnership to develop skilled bio-manufacturing workforce

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The Victorian Government has announced $3.8 million in funding for a new project to train a local skilled-up bio-manufacturing workforce.

Led by Australian Paper in partnership with Federation Training and Federation University, the BioPathways Partnerships Project is aimed at growing the workforce required to drive a successful regional bio-economy.

In announcing the funding assistance at Australian Paper in Morwell, Skills Minister Gayle Tierney said participants will have access to workplace learning, accredited courses, professional development and industry-based applied research programs.

“We’re proud to be investing in a project that will deliver new skills for people in the region and provide industry with the workforce its needs to thrive,” the Minister added.

“Unlike the Liberals who slashed funding from TAFE, we’re making the record investments needed so people in Gippsland can get the training they need to get a job.”

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said the project sets the foundations for long-term educational development and targets reskilling opportunities for workers transitioning from the Hazlewood Plant in the Latrobe Valley.

“This funding boost is another important part of our ongoing support for industry-based programs that will help to transition skilled workers across the Latrobe Valley region into new employment in bio-manufacturing.”

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