The new tractor is coming… AND HAS ARRIVED

The new tractor is coming… AND HAS ARRIVED

By Michelle Stoffels
18 Jan 2017

It’s been a few years in the making, but a little extra funding has facilitated the purchase of a new piece of equipment at Wodonga TAFE.

In November last year the Hon. Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training & Skills announced that Wodonga TAFE was awarded over $6m in additional funding, and the new tractor was one of the top items on the shopping list.

Wodonga TAFE CEO, Mark Dixon, is excited to see the first major equipment purchases coming to fruition. ‘The government funding sets us up to deliver on the important initiatives and projects outlined in our Strategic Plan, as well as allowing us to grow our market share, expand our industry partnerships and improve our student experience and outcomes.’

The new tractor is a 95 Horse Power Case Agricultural tractor valued at $90,000. A very common size used for general farming, with features that support the training requirements of our agricultural students. Some of which include a 4-in-1 bucket, air-conditioned cab and basic GPS.

Agriculture/Horticulture Team Leader, Graham Hart, confirms the tractor is a key teaching resource for Wodonga TAFE. ‘The tractor forms a key part of Wodonga TAFEs tractor training expertise. It is a requirement for employment in the industry to have the competency to operate a tractor in the workplace. The training can be offered over two days, both on-campus and in the workplace’.

‘Wodonga TAFE offers courses in agriculture, from certificate II through to diploma, as well as school-based traineeships and agribusiness qualifications’, continued Mr Hart.

The tractor purchase is another key element of Wodonga TAFEs focus on improving student outcomes and experiences. Other initiatives include the nursing simulation laboratory equipment, which enables nursing students to practice procedures and clinical skills, and an Agitator Stability Training Vehicle (modified cement truck), that allows the delivery of specific safety training to the cement industry.