Victoria’s First Skills And Jobs Centre Open For Business

17 November 2015

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert have today visited Wodonga to open the Wodonga Skills and Jobs Centre.

Wodonga TAFE received $1 million to establish its new hub at TAFEspace, 158 Lawrence Street, Wodonga. It is the first Skills and Jobs Centre in Victoria to open its doors, and will be helping locals from today.

The Premier and Minister also used the visit to announce Wodonga TAFE will receive $3.7 million from the Andrews Labor Government to support the delivery of relevant training and to drive growth in apprenticeships and traineeships.

The funding will help Wodonga TAFE better meet the employment needs of the local community and industries by providing relevant skills to meet the needs of the changing economy.

The Wodonga Skills and Jobs Centre is one of a series established in conjunction with TAFEs across Victoria, thanks to $15 million from the Labor Government.

The 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 for employers.

The centres will help link jobseekers and employers to ensure they’re engaged in quality training that will lead to a job at the end of their course. Each centre will be tailored to meet the needs of the local community and industries, with coordinated, intensive support services.

The announcements follow the Regional Statement made this afternoon which includes $34 million for a Regional Skills and Training package to support local communities.

The Labor Government promised to invest $1.2 billion into TAFE and training in Victoria and that’s what we are delivering on.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“I am thrilled to open this Skills and Jobs Centre which will be crucial to help people looking to train or reskill.”

“Our election commitment to create Skills and Jobs Centres will help TAFEs build on vitally important links with industry to make sure Victorians get the skills they need to find a job.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“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.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

"It's fantastic to be at the opening of the Wodonga Skills and Jobs centre less than two weeks after I announced the funding. I look forward to visiting again to see the positive impact it'll no doubt have on the local community."

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