Mildura locals will benefit from a $15 million Andrews Labor Government commitment to establish one-stop-shop Skills and Jobs Centres across Victoria.
Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today announced SuniTAFE will receive $1 million towards establishing a Skills and Jobs Centre.
The new hub will be the first point-of-call for students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill, unemployed workers needing support for retraining and work placement and for employers.
The former Liberal Government’s cuts to the training sector came at the same time that unemployment and youth unemployment were at extremely high levels.
Youth unemployment in North West Victoria skyrocketed to 15.5 per cent in September last year under the former Coalition Government. Youth unemployment was at 13.8 per cent in September this year.
These centres will help link jobseekers and employers to ensure they’re engaged in quality training that’ll lead to a job at the end of their course.
Mr Herbert said each of the centres will be tailored to meet the needs of the local community and industries, with coordinated, intensive support services.
The Labor Government recognises that strong industry links are vital in boosting outcomes for Mildura students to make sure they get a job after they finish training.
The SuniTAFE Skills and Jobs Centre is expected to be open early next year in the Mildura CBD.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert
“Our election commitment to create Skills and Jobs Centres will help all our TAFEs build on those vitally important links with industry to make sure Victorians get the skills they need to find a job.”
“This Government is committed to making sure everyone has quality access to training so they can get off the treadmill of unemployment and onto the footpath of success.”
“Tailoring each of the centres to the needs of the local community will ensure the centres best cater to Mildura locals with a range of support services.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to making sure Mildura locals, and those in surrounding regions, have access to quality training, no matter their age or circumstances.”
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