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.
Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, announced the grant from the Labor Government’s $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund during a visit to the institute’s Wodonga campus today.
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.
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 Labor 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 Labor 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 supporting Wodonga TAFE to provide more training that gives locals the opportunity to develop the skills they need to get a job in growing industries.”
“This project, part of our $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund, demonstrates what can be achieved when Government, TAFE institutes and industry work together to support new jobs for the region.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes
“This $2.45 million Andrews Labor Government investment will support Wodonga TAFE to help jobless young people and long-term unemployed develop skills that will lead to jobs, which we need in our region.”
“Wodonga TAFE provides first-rate skills and training to our local young people and community.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020