Labor has pledged $5 million to build a Construction Skills and Future Training Apprenticeship Centre at Gordon TAFE in the Wyndham area.

Federal Labor Lalor MP Joanne Ryan made the announcement today as a pre-election commitment.

The total cost of the future training centre will be $12 million, with the Gordon TAFE to contribute the remaining $7 million.

Ms Ryan said that  the construction industry employed more than 32,000 workers in Melbourne’s west and had a projected employment growth of an additional 5000 employees in the five years to 2023.

“The Construction Skills and Future Training Apprenticeship Centre at the Gordon TAFE in Wyndham will ensure that demand for skilled tradespeople in one of Victoria’s fastest growing regions is met with a skilled workforce, ready for meaningful work,” Ms Ryan said.   

Labor’s commitment to the Gordon TAFE is part of its $200 million Building TAFE for the Future Fund.