Let’s celebrate National Skills Week!

  •  72 per cent of Victorian students training in areas of economic need
  • $1.2 billion dollar investment targeted to fund job ready training
  • Napthine Government building a better training system for all Victorians

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling today officially launched National Skills Week by releasing new figures that show more Victorians are training in areas of skill shortage or employment growth than ever before.

Mr Wakeling said highlights in the latest market report revealed 72 per cent of students are training in areas of value to the economy.

“This report confirms the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $1.2 billion annual investment is directed to funding training in areas of demand by industry and employers,” Mr Wakeling said.

“Our number one priority is to ensure Victorian training students have the best chance of getting a meaningful and long term job.”

Mr Wakeling said the Coalition Government has been working hard to refocus the vocational education system and fix the mess Labor’s underfunded reforms left behind.

“Today Victoria has Australia’s most modern and flexible training system – one that responds to the changing needs of employers and works with industry to develop skills in areas of demand,” Mr Wakeling said.

Across regional Victoria since 2010, there has been a 47 per cent increase in enrolments in trades and other high skilled occupations. The report also revealed the following results since 2010:

Indigenous student numbers up 43 per cent to 4,180;

Culturally and linguistically diverse student numbers up 109 per cent to 94,200;

Students with a disability up 58 per cent to 28,400.

Mr Wakeling said the Napthine Government is investing almost $5 billion over the next four years to ensure Victorians develop the skills that lead to rewarding careers.

“Under the Coalition Government, funding for Victorian training is 50 per cent more than Labor’s last year in office, while TAFEs receive $600 million, a significant 23 per cent increase since 2010,” Mr Wakeling said.

“The Coalition has also strengthened governance so Victoria’s TAFEs have boards that are transparent, financially resilient and focused squarely on the needs of their students.

“Daniel Andrews’ pledge to scrap these changes will undo work that has been commended across the TAFE industry and by the Auditor-General,” Mr Wakeling said.

Running from August 25 to 31, National Skills Week highlights the quality and diversity of more than 500 Victorian training institutions, including TAFEs, Learn Locals and private providers.

For more information on various events such as the annual Learn Local Awards on August 28, please visit www.nationalskillsweek.com.au

The Victorian Training Market Report Half Year 2014 Highlights can be found at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/training/providers/market/vtmhalf1highlights2014.pdf

Media contact: Madeleine Babiolakis 0428 833 571 madeleine.babiolakis@minstaff.vic.gov.au


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