Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall will tonight join representatives from Victorian businesses, industry associations, universities, secondary school principals and careers teachers at the launch of National Skills Week at Melbourne's Kino cinemas.
Mr Hall said National Skills Week was an opportunity to showcase the best training in Australia, much of which is happening right here in Victoria.
"I congratulate everyone involved in this initiative, as it celebrates its second
year," Mr Hall said."Well-trained staff are the life-blood of Victoria's and indeed Australia's workforce, and a major determinant of productivity in our economy.
"Our state's economy and productivity depend on well-trained workers who build our roads and communities, care for our frail elderly and our children, nurse our sick, produce our food and so much more.
"It was also a pleasure to join Victorian Apprentice of the Year winner
automotive mechanic Sevag Parseghian, Victorian Training Award finalist and business student Stephanie Greene and Justin Stankovic, who is completing a Certificate IV in Aeroskills at Advance TAFE to talk about the value of skills and training in Victoria today."
Mr Hall said the Victorian Coalition Government has reformed the Victorian Training System to ensure it is sustainable, with all students able to access relevant training of the highest quality.
"We've amped up the requirements that Registered Training Organisations must meet to receive Government funding, and we are currently working on a website that will inform students and businesses about all the available training on offer in their area, as well as quality reports and prices," Mr Hall said.