Skills Training and Apprenticeships Education TAFE

Liberal Nationals to get Gippsland students back on track

02 October 2018

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will fix training in Gippsland.

Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan announced today an elected Liberal Nationals Government will restore the Gippsland Tertiary Education Council.

Labor cut the former Council in 2014 and since then an ongoing crisis at Federation Training has been plagued by plummeting enrolments and staff redundancies.

Ms Ryan said the Council would bring the focus back to meeting the needs of students.

“Further training offers a vital step up for local people, including those looking to upskill or to reskill,” Ms Ryan said.

“But Daniel Andrews has walked away from training and his part-time Training Minister is missing in action at a time when Gippslanders need confidence in the training sector.

“Our plan will bring together business and industry, with training providers, to provide advice directly to the Minister on the future of education and training in Gippsland.”

The Council will be tasked with providing leadership to restore confidence in the local sector, determining a direction for training that will meet the future needs of local industries and advising on a path to lift attainment levels among local students.

People with understanding of training and education providers in Gippsland will be on the 11-member Council, which will be appointed by the Minister for Training and Skills and supported by an executive officer.

The Nationals Candidate for Morwell Sheridan Bond said it was critical that training opportunities offered in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland met local industry’s needs.

“If we’re meeting the training needs of our region, it means local people who choose to upskill or reskill can have confidence there’ll be a local job opportunity at the end,” Ms Bond said.

“This Council will put local training back on track.”

Liberal Candidate for Morwell Dale Harriman said Federation Training had lurched from one crisis to the next under Labor.

“People in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland need a stable TAFE system that can meet the needs of our local economy at a time when hundreds of people have lost work because of the closure of Hazelwood,” he said.

“If we’re elected, we’ll work closely with the local community to fix the training crisis in our region.”

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