The Victorian Government is creating the skilled workforce of the future to boost prosperity and grow Victoria’s economy with a new taskforce to drive apprenticeships and traineeships.
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney joined Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson and apprentices in Docklands to launch the taskforce, which will include industry, employers, training organisations, and unions.
Mr Coulson will chair the taskforce, which will look at barriers stopping people from taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship, and whether issues are specific to particular industries or if there are broader systemic issues.
The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce, which will report its findings to the Victorian Government in October 2017, includes members of:
- Apprenticeship Employment Network
- Australian Council for Private Education and Training
- Australian Industry Group
- Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Victorian TAFE Association
- Victorian Trades Hall Council.
The Victorian Government is supporting apprentices with the Victorian Budget 2017/18 including $8.2 million for Apprentice Support Officers to make sure first year apprentices get the support they need to finish their training.
“Trades shouldn’t be playing second fiddle to university. That’s why the Victorian Government is working to grow apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria and this taskforce will help the Victorian Government drive that,” said Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney.
“Apprentices and trainees are the backbone of Victoria’s training system and the future of our workforce. It’s important the Victorian Government continues to grow numbers so Victoria has a strong economy.”