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.
Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, announced the grants from the Labor Government’s $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund during a visit to the institute’s Moorabbin campus today with Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos and Member for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulous.
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.
The $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund is part of the $350 million funding boost to the TAFE system, delivered in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. This is in addition to the $20 million fast-tracked earlier this year to shore up the finances of seven financially-vulnerable TAFEs.
The Fund will support projects that allow TAFE institutes to provide training that leads to jobs by working in partnership with local industries, including those identified by the Government’s Back to Work Plan to create 100,000 jobs.
Mr Herbert said training offered by these initiatives would also support employers who plan to hire staff as part of the Government’s Back to Work Scheme, by creating more job-ready skilled workers in growing industries.
The Back to Work Scheme provides financial assistance to businesses which hire eligible young people aged 15-24 who have been looking for work for three months or more, out-of-trade apprentices, retrenched workers or someone who has been looking for work for 12 months or more.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert
“TAFEs mean skills and skills mean jobs. We’re securing Holmesglen Institute, to ensure it delivers more training that gives locals the skills they need to get a job in a growing or emerging industry.”
“The Labor Government is also supporting Holmesglen with $8 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund to develop a student hub at the Moorabbin campus.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos
“This investment will support Holmesglen Institute to deliver more training for our local community that will lead to jobs in growing sectors of the economy, with a focus on helping our long-term unemployed and young people.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos
“Our economy has strong opportunities ahead, and we’re making sure the kids of our region have the skills they need to take advantage of them.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020