GOTAFE to receive $4.07 million through Skills First Community Service funding

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring all Victorians have access to high quality training through our Skills First TAFE Community Service funding.

Student with Minister Mark Gepp and MP Suzanna Sheed

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp visited GOTAFE’s Shepparton campus today to announce the TAFE is receiving $4.07 million from the fund.

Mr Gepp said, “We’re making sure locals in Northern Victoria have access to the support they need to complete their training and to get a job.”

Community Service funding helps TAFEs support students finish their training and secure a job by funding counselling, welfare and library services, as well as language and literacy programs.

GOTAFE will use $977,495 to continue the good work of its Skills and Jobs Centres in Shepparton, Wangaratta, Benalla and Seymour.
“I’m proud to be a part of the government that’ll always put the needs of students first,” Mr Gepp said.

Since they opened last year, the centres have helped more than 1,500 people get the skills development, job readiness, and training and career support they need to find a job or to move into further training.

More than $431,000 will be used for the Trade Apprentice Learner Support program, which provides mentoring and support for apprentices with low language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Through Skills First, the 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
“This funding will help GOTAFE keep students on track to finish their training to get the job they want.”

“All Victorians deserve access to high quality training and that’s exactly what our Skills First TAFE Community Service Fund is delivering.”
Quotes attributable to Acting GOTAFE CEO Margie Fixter

“This funding will ensure GOTAFE trade students are supported with fundamental literacy and numeracy skills to better equip them as the workforce of the future.”

“This funding will provide positive outcomes not only for the individuals but for our regions industry and communities.”