Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall have announced the next steps in building a responsive, financially secure vocational training sector.
Dr Napthine and Mr Hall have released the Independent TAFE Review Panel’s report on vocational education and training and also released the Victorian Coalition Government’s response – Next Steps for Refocusing Vocational Training in Victoria – Supporting a Modern Workforce.
“As part of our response, the Coalition Government will provide a further $200 million across four years to Victorian TAFEs to support innovation and structural reform,” Dr Napthine said.
“Victoria’s TAFE institutes play a vital part in Victoria’s training system.
“This funding is designed to assist TAFE institutes in growing their presence within the broader vocational education and training industry.
“This follows the Coalition Government’s record vocational education and training Budget of $1.244 billion in 2012/13, compared to the $855 million promised in the 2010/11 Labor Budget,” Dr Napthine said.
Member for Gembrook Brad Battin MP welcomed the commitment to the future of Chisholm TAFE in Berwick.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is supporting TAFEs to ensure they remain financially sustainable,” Mr Battin said.
“This announcement builds on the successful reforms last year, which has already seen greater participation in courses that address skills shortages.”
Mr Hall said the Coalition Government’s reforms had already resulted in an increase in students enrolled in vocational education and training.
“There are now 670,438 Government funded enrolments across Victoria compared to 426,905 in 2010,” Mr Hall said.
“It is also particularly pleasing to see that we now have a significantly higher percentage of students enrolled in courses that lead to jobs in areas with skills shortages.
“The Coalition Government takes very seriously its responsibility to provide a quality, value-for-money training system, married to industry and local business needs, which in turn creates economic growth and a more prosperous future for our state.
“Students deserve to know they are undertaking training courses that will ultimately lead them into jobs, while local businesses deserve to gain high-calibre and industry-ready graduates,” Mr Hall said.