[Media Release] Investing In Job Ready Local Talent For Key Industries

- Posted by Author: Eric in Category: Media Centre | 1 min read
21 November 2023

The Allan Labor Government is helping TAFEs and universities work with industry to ensure the training students get will mean they’re job-ready for the future.

Minister for Jobs and Industry Natalie Hutchins today announced the $10 million Skills Solutions Partnerships Program to support Victorian businesses in key sectors at the 2023 Victorian Manufacturing Showcase.

As part of the program, government, industry, TAFEs and universities will co-design and pilot new training courses in manufacturing, digital, construction, clean economy, healthcare and social services – equipping critical industries with the talent they need to grow and succeed.

The Labor Government is also investing $63.8 million in the Digital Jobs and $4.5 million Digital Jobs for Manufacturing programs, which are training Victorians to fill digital skills shortages.

We’re also supporting Victorian students to get the skills they need for high-demand industries through the Skills First and the Free TAFE program, removing barriers to training for more than 153,000 students and saved them over $394 million since the program began in 2019.

The program also builds on our plan to grow skilled jobs and cement Victoria as Australia’s manufacturing engine room through initiatives like the $20 million Manufacturing and Industry Sovereignty Fund, the Made in Victoria – Manufacturing Growth Program and the Energy Technologies Manufacturing Program.

The 2023 Victorian Manufacturing Showcase at Moonee Ponds has attracted a record number of exhibitors and attendees – with more than 80 businesses on show and over 1,000 people through the doors.

More information about the Skills Solutions Partnerships Program is available at business.vic.gov.au/ssp

Quotes attributable to Minister for Jobs and Industry Natalie Hutchins

“Victoria’s economy is strong and as a result we have the highest participation rate and the most employed Victorians in a decade.”

“Many of our fastest growing industries are experiencing critical skills shortages – our Skills Solutions Partnerships Program will connect these industries with passionate, work-ready local students to fill the gaps that are blocking their growth.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Skills and TAFE Gayle Tierney

“We’re delivering high-quality, relevant training that meets Victoria’s future skills demands and our Skills Solutions Partnerships Program will mean more Victorians are getting the skills they need to succeed.”