A new hothouse at GOTAFE in Shepparton, funded by the Andrews Labor Government, will help foster a growing number of students in horticulture courses, preparing them for rewarding careers locally and across Victoria.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney launched the $217,700 hothouse, which will accommodate about 40 students each year and help to meet demand from the local horticulture sector.
The 400 square metre facility features a hydroponic fit-out, irrigation and gas heating systems, computer controls, solar and thermal screens, guttering, benches and a fogging system which helps to maintain an optimal growing temperature – and can be controlled by a smart phone.
The hothouse will be a vital tool in the delivery of Certificate III in Production Horticulture, giving the chance for students to learn in an industry-standard facility.
The Labor Government invested in this project through the Regional and Specialist Training Fund (RSTF), a targeted funding stream that supports training for specific skills in regional and specialist areas that are not being met by the current training market.
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