The Victorian Government has announced the formation of the Gippsland Tertiary Education Council (GTEC) to champion better co-ordination between tertiary education providers and the future needs of industry in the Gippsland region.


State Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall announced the formation of the 11 member council, which is a key recommendation of the Gippsland Tertiary Education Plan (GREP).


"GTEC will gauge what is needed to ensure that the Gippsland community is equipped with the necessary skills for a productive and bright future,” Mr Hall said.


Mr Hall said the State Coalition Government would also create a network of Technology Enabled Learning Centres, another key recommendation of GTEP.


"By ensuring our students have access to these Technology Enabled Learning Centres' high-tech study spaces, we can broaden the depth and breadth of courses in Gippsland and help students study locally instead of relocating to the city to access tertiary study," Mr Hall said.