Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today visited GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus to announce $5.3 million to boost support for vulnerable students.
The funding, from the Labor Government’s $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, is a boost for vital programs that support disadvantaged locals to access training and support, including its Literacy and Numeracy support program.
With this extra funding, GOTAFE expects the program to be expanded from helping 150 students in 2015 to around 4,000 students.
The extra students will receive additional support from GOTAFE, focusing on their literacy and numeracy skills. One of the main reasons students drop out of training is a lack of foundation knowledge, and this program will help vulnerable students finish their training so they have the best start in life.
“TAFE’s across Victoria help disadvantaged students access training and job opportunities and this funding will help improve support for them,” said Minister Herbert.
Mr Herbert also opened Shepparton’s Skills and Jobs Centre today, which will be the first point of call for employers looking to take on an apprentice, students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing support to re-enter the workforce.
“In coming weeks we will also be opening our Wangaratta Skills and Jobs Centre,” said GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan.
“These Centres will then also support outreach services to other towns in our region.
“The Skills and Jobs Centres will be a one-stop-shop for job seekers to undertake skills assessments and career counselling to ensure that they are directed toward the training they need to meet the skill needs of local industries.”
Minister for Training and Skills, The Hon Steve Herbert launched the brand new Skills and Jobs Centre in Shepparton today.
This Centre is one of a network of Skills & Jobs Centres currently under development at TAFE’s across the state including Wangaratta and Wodonga in the North East. Each of the centres are tailored to meet the needs of their local communities and industries, with coordinated, intensive support services.
The new Centre, located at the Corio St entrance of GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus, has been developed thanks to $1 million in funding received from the Andrews Labor Government awarded to GOTAFE in November 2015.
The Centre is a one-stop-shop for job-seekers looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing guidance for retraining, explained GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan.
“We are thrilled to launch the Shepparton Skills and Jobs Centre. It will provide the first point of call to get expert skills assessment, career advice and training opportunities,” said Mr Culpan.
“Our Skills and Jobs Centre will eliminate confusion about where to get help about undertaking training or how to re-skill in a new industry.”
“By engaging more strongly with industry, the Skills and Jobs Centre will also develop a better understanding of skill gaps in the region, to which training solutions can be developed.”
Mr Culpan said GOTAFE recognises that strong industry links are vital in boosting outcomes for students to make sure they get a job after they finish training.
“GOTAFE is proud to be part of the Shepparton and Goulburn Valley communities. We work closely with local schools and are very proud to be a signatory on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Better Together Alliance made up of Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College, Shepparton High School and McGuire Secondary College.”
“We have also been working to strengthen our partnerships with industry, most recently with Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative in developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The GOTAFE and Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative MOU partnership aims to engage the major health and aged care providers in the Greater Shepparton region to participate in a workforce development initiative with a primary focus on upskilling and creating opportunities for indigenous healthcare workers.
“The health and aged care sectors are major growth industries across the Hume region and are facing significant skill and capacity gaps which this MoU seeks to address.”
GOTAFE will open the doors to the brand new Wangaratta Skills & Jobs Centre on Friday 8 April.