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.”