MBV is pleased to advise members that a new carpentry trade facility has opened at Kangan TAFE in Melbourne’s north. 

This week, Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney launched the $1.2 million investment for the carpentry facility as part of the $6.8 million Trades and Skills Centre at the Broadmeadows campus. 

We know that carpenters are in short supply at present, and this new facility will help address skills shortages by ensuring the ongoing pipeline of workers into this great career.    

The new facility is situated within a repurposed building, with equipment and training areas for 400 apprentices. 

It also boasts an indoor simulated worksite where trade teachers can assess students. 

Importantly, it brings all trades training under one roof at Broadmeadows.  It increases collaboration between students and provides a real-world environment for apprentices to work on large projects together. 

The Trades and Skills Centre was opened in December last year and accommodates 3,500 students each year.  

MBV strongly supports quality training of trades in the building and construction industry and will continue to do so through events like our Apprentice of the Year Awards. 

With an ageing workforce and a lack of skilled trades, quality apprentices are vital to a solid and prosperous future for the building and construction industry. 

For more information on the new carpentry trade facility, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).