New Partnership Linking Geelong Students To A Brighter Future

22 May 2015

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.

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, today launched the Geelong Tertiary Futures Program, one of the flagship Skilling the Bay initiatives. The program will partner secondary schools with The Gordon to help prepare students for tertiary study to support their future careers.

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.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert

“Getting students to think about training choices will help develop the skilled workforce Geelong businesses need to prosper in the future.”

“This new Skilling the Bay initiative will support students to identify the education pathways for their careers, helping to keep them engaged at school and giving them the best start to their working life.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens

“Education and training is critical to businesses and to supporting Geelong’s changing economy. The availability of a highly skilled labour market will help to drive jobs and growth in the region.”

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