Posted on 03. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

This morning I have been discussing trades skills with young people from Geelong.

Our $194 million skills plan will create new opportunities and even more choices for our young people – and a clear path to a rewarding job.

Today, I am announcing that every student in a government school aged over 15 years will be given their own, individual Career Action Plan, to help them from training to work.

We will invest $85.1 million to support 110,000 senior secondary students to study Vocational Education and Training subjects.

We will build new trade classrooms at 20 secondary schools, or re-equip existing rooms.

We will invest $20 million in two new Technical Education Centres at Sunbury and Seymour – where young people can learn skills like carpentry, hospitality, plumbing, hairdressing or aeroskills.

We’ll build a new $23 million trades career centre at Berwick, we will invest $26 million to redevelop the East Geelong Campus of the Gordon Institute, we’ll build new training facilities at Sunshine, Box Hill, Clayton, Hawthorn and Geelong. And we will invest to help people in the Latrobe Valley learn new skills.

We are investing in the skills of Victorians because we want Victorians to be able to gain the high-skill, high-wage jobs we are attracting to our State.

And yesterday, the Treasurer and I unveiled a $200 million cut to payroll tax – the lowest payroll tax rate in 36 years.

This is all about generating new job opportunities for the State – new opportunities for these young people.

And that is what this election is all about – who will keep the jobs coming to Victoria – no matter what happens in the times ahead.

Victoria has come through the most extraordinary times over the last three years. We’ve been tested by a global recession. We’ve been tested by drought – the longest on record.

And we have been tested in the most horrific way by bushfires.

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