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    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Queensland Government invests $1.5 million in style

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Queensland Government invests $1.5 million in style

    Queensland will become a beacon for budding fashionistas with the announcement of $1.5 million to create a Fashion Centre of Excellence at Mt Gravatt TAFE.

    Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman made the announcement in the lead up to the annual fashion parade for graduating students at the campus.

    “We’ll be focusing all the creative energy of our fashion students into one centre, giving the next generation of designers, jewellery makers and milliners the training and skills they need to continue putting TAFE Queensland graduates on the world stage,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Tonight’s élan student fashion parade will give us a real taste of the depth of talent we’ve got here in Queensland, and will showcase just how bright and innovative our young designers are.

    “The significance of the fashion industry to the Queensland economy and to creating jobs in this state can’t be underestimated.

    “There are more than 6,000 fashion, industrial and jewellery designers in a state where Queenslanders spend  more than $6 billion a year on clothing and footwear.

    “Our TAFE fashion graduates are already making their mark in national and international fashion and have gone on to work for labels such as Billabong, Marc Jacobs, Easton Pearson and Black Milk Clothing.”

    TAFE Queensland CEO Mary Campbell said that design work for stage one, to begin in July, was scheduled to be completed in 12 months and stage two was earmarked for 2019-20.

    “This is such exciting news and it means that the Mt Gravatt fashion site will become known as the TAFE Queensland Fashion Centre of Excellence from 1 January 2019 after 35 years as an industry leader in fashion training,” Ms Campbell said.

    Member for Mansfield Corrine McMillan said the funding would allow for the transformation of the current fashion hub’s G2 block into an inspirational learning space that would deliver training in modern digital fashion techniques such as 3D modelling for 2D patterns.

    “There are nearly 400 students enrolled in these highly-acclaimed courses, which include hands-on fashion design, visual merchandising and applied fashion design.”

    Ms Fentiman said the redevelopment would increase student capacity and competitiveness and would ensure the fashion courses attracted even more creative students.

    “And several students have applied for overseas study tours to global fashion destinations, including New York, London, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong, Shanghai and New Delhi,” she said.

    During 2018–19 the department will continue the master planning of the Mt Gravatt site as part of the Advancing Our Training Infrastructure election commitment of up to $85 million over three years.

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    Media contact: Bernadette Condren 0417 296 116