Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has welcomed the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s new $34 million Regional Skills Fund.
Targeted, place-based skills and development will be provided under the $34 million package ensuring that local communities, including the most disadvantaged groups, will get the training they need for the jobs they want.
The fund will provide grants for industry to partner with higher education and training providers to drive industry growth, create career pathways and support regional Victorians into further education.
Ms Tierney is encouraging local businesses and industry, not-for-profits and Local Learning and Employment Networks to build partnerships with education providers to develop grant applications.
The Government’s new Regional Partnerships will work alongside local businesses, TAFEs, universities and community organisations to ensure that local skills and workforce development proposals align with the needs of local industry.
The Regional Skills Fund will build lasting partnerships between regional businesses and the tertiary sector to create a legacy of sustainable, industry-led training that meets our local future skills and workforce needs.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“Regional skills and training are vital for regional communities, vital for regional industries, and vital for growing local economies.”
“The Andrews Labor Government will bring local businesses and education providers in Western Victoria together to make sure people in our regions can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford
“A strong and skilled regional workforce will support new jobs, improve business innovation, help develop resilient communities and grow small towns and regional cities across country Victoria.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert
“We’re making sure all Victorians have access to real training that leads to real jobs. The Regional Skills Fund will ensure our training system is driven by industry, students and employers.”