Posted on 07. May, 2010 in Victoria

The Brumby Labor Government’s skills reform agenda is already addressing Victoria’s demand for skilled workers, Skills and Workforce Participation Minister Bronwyn Pike said today

Speaking at the Victorian TAFE Association State Conference in Creswick, Ms Pike said despite only being 10 months into a four-year $316 million reform program, early indicators were encouraging 

“We are already seeing a positive impact on training uptake in critical areas of labour market need, overall enrolments, and new entrants to the training system,” Ms Pike said.

 “As with all ambitious reform agendas, there are challenges along the way, but early signs are pointing towards a training system that will continue to grow and flourish

“The skills reform agenda will mean a training system that provides greater flexibility and new opportunities for the 1.6 million Victorians without a post-school qualification.” 

Ms Pike said more than 55,000 students who do not have a year 12 or equivalent qualifications were entering the training system for the first time this year

“The skills reform agenda is also providing more choice for students, with 179 new registered training providers now offering Government supported training,” she said.

“The Brumby Labor Government is focused on ensuring the training system helps Victorian employers get the right people with the right skills

“This is good news for employers, the economy and job-seekers. 

Ms Pike said this year 76 per cent of all Government-funded enrolments were people upgrading their qualifications – higher than the same time last year.

“As a result of the reforms, we are seeing some individual training providers deliver positive results, while others have seen decreases in certain courses,” Ms Pike sai 

“A number of metropolitan TAFEs have already achieved 75 per cent of their 2009 intake just three months into the academic year. 

“Additionally, two regional TAFEs have already increased enrolments in diploma and above courses by more than 30 per cent.

Ms Pike said innovative partnerships were being built with local businesses as a result of the skills reform – including Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE who, together with Yallourn Power Station, is providing training for students in instrumentation to satisfy the skills need of the station.

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