Andrews’ Labor Government will offer Australia’s first TAFE course for landscapers, boosting the profession and linking it better to other Victorian industries.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today visited the Arid Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens to announce an investment of $1.29 million to deliver the new Advanced Landscape Design and Construction Course, developed by Landscaping Victoria alongside three Victorian TAFE.
Advanced Landscape Design and Construction will improve the skills of landscapers by enabling them to legally apply for permits and submit construction plans directly to councils.
Landscapers are currently restricted due to requirements from regulators and councils, including the need to outsource design plans to obtain permits. The new qualification will help streamline the licensing process, create stronger links between landscapers and local councils and create a stronger workforce.
The industry will be further boosted by a new registration category that will officially recognize landscapers as approved suppliers, implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning.
About 36 practicing landscapers will take the pilot course through the Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Melbourne Polytechnic and Swinburne University of Technology from July.
Victorian TAFE currently offers Certificate IV and Diploma level landscaping courses.
The Labor Government has invested in the Advanced Course in Landscape Design and Construction through the Workforce Training Innovation Fundwhich better connects TAFE and training to industry and skills needs while delivering new ideas and solutions for Victoria’s future.
Since 2014, the Labor Government has made a record investment of $3.2 billion to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and career paths rewarding.
As Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said
“This is a first TAFE course in Australia that will ensure landscapers in Victoria have the skills they need to do their job and interact effectively with other industries.
“Only a Labor Government will continue to boost TAFE and training – ensuring Victorians have the best opportunities – supporting local industry and strengthening our economy.”