MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:09): I rise today to highlight how Apprenticeships Victoria is leading a renaissance for skills and training in Victoria. Since its establishment in late 2020 Apprenticeships Victoria has put in place high-quality career pathways and has set new benchmarks for earn-and-learn opportunities for apprentices and trainees in a diverse range of industries.
This government has applied the learnings and expertise of traditional apprenticeships, and today I am pleased to advise that we are creating opportunities to support the social services workforce through our $6 million investment in higher apprenticeships. ‘Professionalism and pride’ is the mantra. The new higher apprenticeship social services extension project is a great initiative being delivered in partnership with RMIT. It has been designed in close consultation with industry. This program will give 200 experienced disability workers the opportunity to upskill and gain valued credentials through a certificate IV disability traineeship. A further 200 emerging social service leaders will have the opportunity to gain an advanced diploma in community sector management through on-the-job training co-designed with industry.
This government is committed to providing a sustainable training model that brings the benefits of earn-and-learn training to an important sector where there is a constant demand for a skilled and committed workforce. Building capacity in this workforce ensures services for our most vulnerable Victorians. This government works with industry to build the skilled workforce Victoria needs for a strong future for all Victorians.