SKILLS REFORM STRENGTHENED WITH $37.6 MILLION BOOST

SKILLS REFORM STRENGTHENED WITH $37.6 MILLION BOOST

Posted on 24. Sep, 2010 in Victoria

Every apprentice will have access to the Victorian Training Guarantee as part of a $37.6 million Skills Reform funding boost designed to enhance hands-on training.

Skills and Workforce Participation Minister Bronwyn Pike said the investment would improve the flexibility of the Victorian Training Guarantee for apprentices and ensure more young people without a post high school qualification have access to skills training.

“The Brumby Labor Government is standing up for local jobs by providing a training place for all eligible Victorians who want one,” Ms Pike said.

“The Skills Reform funding boost includes $15 million to give every apprentice access to the Victorian Training Guarantee, regardless of their prior qualifications.

“In addition, we’re investing $10 million to freeze apprenticeship tuition fees next year.

“As a result of the Victorian Government’s $316 million Securing Jobs for Your Future – Skills for Victoria package, around 89,000 students without a Year 12 or equivalent qualification have started training this year.

“In addition, at the half-way point of this year, a number of TAFE institutes have already surpassed their 2009 enrolment numbers for youth and diploma courses and above.

“The Skills Reform agenda is delivering a training system that provides greater flexibility and new opportunities for the 1.6 million Victorians without a post-school qualification.”

The $37.6 million Skills Reform funding boost also includes:

  • $10 million to provide training eligibility exemptions to ensure people who are disadvantaged in the labour market, those seeking training in skills shortage areas, and career shifters, with access to the Victorian Training Guarantee; and
  • $2.6 million to support workforce development scholarships for school teachers and industry practitioners wanting to move into VET teaching.

 

Ms Pike said the Ernst & Young review of the implementation of the Securing Jobs for Your Future – Skills for Victoria package found the reforms were working well and delivering increased choices for students and more opportunities for training providers.

“The review contained ten recommendations relating to communication, eligibility, scholarships in areas of skills shortages, the VET FEE-HELP scheme and business rules,” Ms Pike said.

“We carefully considered every recommendation made in the report and support its findings. Our $37.6 million funding boost demonstrates we are acting on the report’s findings and delivering additional funding so Victorian students and training providers have more opportunity.”

The Ernst & Young review, and the Government response, can be accessed at:

http://www.diird.vic.gov.au/diird-strategies-and-initiatives/securing-jobs-for-your-future-review

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