GOTAFE to receive $1.3 million to expand its Reconnect service.


People living in the Greater Shepparton, Benalla, Wangaratta, Mitchell, and Strathbogie shires will have more access to the training and support they need to get a job thanks to a program reconnecting early school leavers and the long-term unemployed.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp today announced that Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE will receive $1.3 million to expand delivery of its existing Reconnect service.

Mr Gepp said, “We’re helping early school leavers and the long-term unemployed access the education and training they need to get a job.”
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE is one of 27 Learn Locals and TAFEs sharing in $19.8 million to support almost 3000 Victorians.

Participants in the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE Skills First Reconnect program will receive tailored support, including the development of learning and achievement plans that respond to their social and education needs.

They will also develop their skills and confidence through access to training in literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and work skills.
Upon completion participants will be supported to undertake further education and training, and employment.

“The Andrews Labor Government is making sure people living in Northern Victoria get the support they need to take the next step in their education or career,” Mr Gepp said.

The Skills First Reconnect program is an extension to the Back to Work Reconnect grant program that was funded in 2016 and established in response to a decline in the number of young, early school leavers enrolling in vocational education and training.
The Skills First Reconnect program will expand eligibility to support high need learners aged between 17-64 years with low levels of prior educational attainment.

Through Skills First, the Andrews Labor Government is overhauling Victoria’s training and TAFE system, guaranteeing funding to secure the future of TAFE and making sure Victorians have the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“We’re making sure every Victorian, no matter their postcode or background, has access to the training and support they need to get a job.”
Quotes attributable to Acting GOTAFE CEO Margie Fixter

“GOTAFE are excited to be able to help long term unemployed individuals improve their literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and work skills, giving them a better opportunity to gain a job.”