The $50 million fund to get Victorians Back to Work focuses on growth sectors, aiming to create 100 000 jobs and this blog post compiles the recent announcements by the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert.
Get across all of the announcements and then hear about a national ‘best of’ example like the programs supported through the Back to Work Fund.
Back to Work announcements
The Labor Government’s funding will allow South West to help tackle youth unemployment in the region by getting young people to participate in traineeships which will see them develop skills to get jobs in the growing administrative and personal services fields.
An innovative Swinburne University of Technology program has received $1.3 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to help get more than 700 people skilled up for jobs in the growing construction and new energy technology sectors.
Almost 3400 people will be skilled up for jobs in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, thanks to $2.9 million from the Andrews Labor Government, for four innovative programs at Chisholm Institute.
The Labor Government’s funding will allow Chisholm to work with the construction industry, health care providers, the emerging vinyl design and application sector and engineering industry to focus on areas where there are skills gaps and develop training which leads to future jobs.
Two innovative programs at The Gordon will receive $6 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get more than 3300 people skilled up for jobs in the growing construction and health care industries.
The Labor Government’s funding will allow The Gordon to work with the construction industry and health care providers to focus on areas where there are skills gaps and develop training which leads to jobs.
Mr Andrews also pledged $1.4 million from the Back to Work Fund to get 300 unemployed young people skilled up for jobs in Melbourne’s south-east.
The funding will support a new program at Holmesglen and Chisholm institutes, partnering them with Brotherhood of St Laurence to help jobless young people find employment.
The partnership will provide vocational education and training to 300 people with a senior secondary certificate or equivalent to help them transition to work or further study.
New programs at SuniTAFE will receive $1.82 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to help get 1000 people skilled up for jobs in growing industries.
The Labor Government will support SuniTAFE to build stronger engagement with local industry and develop a better enrolment process tailored to students, which will help deliver more training matched to jobs.
An innovative Wodonga TAFE program to help more than 300 unemployed people get a job has received $2.4 million in Andrews Labor Government funding.
Mr Herbert said the Work Placements That Work initiative would allow Wodonga TAFE to build better work placements, help people develop work-ready skills and offer more training in the growing information and communications technology field.
Two innovative programs at Holmesglen Institute will receive $4.17 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get almost 1400 people skilled up for jobs in growing industries.
The Labor Government will provide $2.8 million for a new program to help retrenched electrical workers retrain for jobs in telecommunications, and $1.32 million to meet the needs of the construction industry by supporting more building surveyor training.
Two innovative programs at GOTAFE will receive $4.3 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get 1300 people skilled up for jobs in growing industries.
The Labor Government will provide $2.4 million to help GOTAFE deliver training that better meets the needs of the region’s growing dairy industry, and $1.9 million to support improved services for young people get a job in the region.
An innovative new program at Box Hill Institute will receive $4.7 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get 2400 people skilled up for jobs in emerging hi-tech industries.
The Labor Government funding will enable Box Hill Institute to partner with industry to develop training to meet the needs of the growing cyber security and 3D manufacturing sector.
An innovative program at Melbourne Polytechnic will receive $2.5 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get 1200 people skilled up for jobs in the growing health care sector.
The Labor Government’s funding will allow Melbourne Polytechnic to work with health care providers to focus on areas where there are skills gaps and develop training which leads to jobs.
Two innovative programs at Bendigo Kangan Institute will receive $5.38 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get more than 2000 people skilled up for jobs in growing industries.
The Government will provide $2.96 million to support training to meet the expected increase in demand for skilled health support workers when the New Bendigo Hospital opens in late 2016.
Another grant of $2.42 million will also support an expanded pre-apprenticeship program to help young people find work in the service divisions of automotive dealerships, where there is unmet demand for skilled workers in both Melbourne and central Victoria.
The Institute’s award-winning Next Steps careers guidance and counselling service for young people aged 15-24 will also be expanded to serve the Bendigo campus and Docklands Automotive Centre of Excellence.
Two innovative programs at William Angliss Institute will receive $4.47 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get more than 1800 people skilled up for jobs in growing industries.
The Labor Government will fund $2.72 million to the World-Class Hospitality and Food Training for Regional Victoria program, creating opportunities for regional Victorians to develop the hospitality and tourism skills they need to get jobs.
The Labor Government is also providing $1.74 million in funding to support the institute to establish a new Angliss International Hotel School to provide a pathway to jobs in the hotel sector.
The Andrews Labor Government is providing $4.32 million in funding grants to Learn Local organisations across Victoria to deliver more training that leads to jobs.
There will be 70 grants awarded to Learn Local organisations across Victoria to develop more effective ways of supporting learners that may have previously struggled with education to develop new skills and get a job.
Kyneton Community and Learning Centre will be using its $47,100 grant to develop and trial a pre-accredited program aimed at building the skills needed by the Victorian horse racing industry that will provide learners with a foundation for further study or employment.
The New Entrants to Racing project’s key strength was the involvement of industry partners including Racing Victoria and the Harness Racing Training Centre, along with support from Macedon Ranges Shire.
Geelong secondary school students will be able to better connect with training for future jobs in the region’s growing industries under a new program launched by the Andrews Labor Government.
Over the next three years, up to 1800 year 9 students from Newcomb Secondary College, Western Heights College, Northern Bay P-12 College and Bellarine Secondary College will participate in 10 days of orientation at The Gordon.
Students would spend five days completing two modules of the Certificate I in Employment Pathways and five days for students to undertake five preview courses from a selection of 27 courses on offer at The Gordon.
The Labor Government is supporting young people to develop the skills they need to get a job in Geelong’s emerging industries.
Through Skilling the Bay, The Gordon is continuing to work with the community and industry to develop skills to drive industry growth and ensure young people have exciting career options in Geelong.
In addition to the new Geelong Tertiary Futures Program, the 2015-16 Victorian Budget provided $350 million to invest in new facilities at TAFEs and support institutes such as The Gordon to deliver more training that aligns to industry needs, leading to jobs and increased productivity.
The recent 2015-16 Victorian Budget provided $350 million to invest in new TAFE facilities and support public TAFE institutes to provide more training that lead to jobs and increased productivity.
It also provided $8 million to establish a new Skills Commissioner to improve alignment between training delivery and industry needs.
The independent VET Funding Review, headed by Bruce Mackenzie, will ensure all training providers are supported through a more sustainable funding model so they can meet the needs of growing industries.
The Government’s VET Quality Assurance Review will develop a more robust quality framework to restore student and employer confidence across the training system.
Mr Herbert said the Labor Government was doing more to support students, providing $32 million to Local Learning and Employment Networks to help young people to stay engaged with education and $8.8 million to provide discounted vehicle registration to apprentices.
Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, today officially opened The Bubble, a new student advice centre at Federation Training in Gippsland.
The new centre was funded with a $2.5 million grant that was part of $20 million fast-tracked from the Labor Government’s TAFE Rescue Fund earlier this year.
The Bubble will provide services at all Federation Training campus libraries, including study support, career and course advice, referral to other services and learning resources such as computers.
‘Best of’ initiative
You might be asking yourself, is there an initiative that demonstrates some or all of the components of the Back to Work Fund that is proven, using a sound methodology and builds strong relationships with employers?
You’d be right when you realise that there is a Victorian example, a national ‘best of’ in fact, that you can learn from and adopt to your programs. Recently presented at the NCVER No Frills Conference in Western Sydney, by Glenn Stewart from the Robinvale District Hospital Service and Wendy Perry from Workforce BluePrint, Engaging employers in regional workforce development got a great response from international and national colleagues. Here is a link to the presentation:
If you’d like to know more about the approach taken in Robinvale, which demonstrates the Back to Work fund type strategies in action, please email email@example.com – make a time for a face to face or phone chat and save yourself a lot of rework and time.