Courses on medicinal cannabis cultivation to open at local TAFE

January 16, 2024 12:09 pm in by
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Certificates in the cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis will soon be available at Federation TAFE.

In an Australian first, the TAFE will partner with agri-tech business GemKom on the courses, helping to skill and support the country’s medicinal cannabis industry workforce.

The company is working to establish a large scale, automated and climate-controlled cultivation facility in Ballarat, with the project currently undergoing planning approvals.

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A pilot course will be delivered from a host facility while the Ballarat facility is established.

Over 240,000 patients are expected to demand medicinal cannabis by 2028, with patients suffering from chronic pain, sleep disorders, migraine, cancer and anxiety to make up the most of local demand.

In a statement, Federation University Provost, Liam Sloan, said the development of the courses presents many opportunities for Federation TAFE and local communities, including the potential for hundreds of jobs.