Mitchell students at risk from Labor’s VET cuts
10 September 2015
School-based vocational education and training (VET) across the Euroa electorate is in jeopardy as a result of the Andrews Labor Government cuts to funding for vital workplace learning coordinators.
In Parliament last week, The Nationals Member for Euroa and Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan called on Premier Daniel Andrews to reverse his cuts immediately.
“Our local coordinator in Mitchell Shire facilitates approximately 400 work placements a year for students undertaking training at schools, TAFEs or registered providers,” Ms Ryan said.
“This ensures students are job-ready and connected with industries in need of skilled workers.
“Given youth unemployment has just risen by a staggering 5.5 per cent across the Hume region since Labor came to government, I am in disbelief that Daniel Andrews is axing this practical support to help young people become job-ready.”
The Workplace Learning Coordinator is tasked with assisting students from Wallan Secondary College, Assumption College, Broadford Secondary College, Seymour College, St Mary’s College and the Seymour Flexible Learning Centre find work placements.
Ms Ryan said of particularly concern, was the possibility that students who were disadvantaged or at-risk could fall through the gaps.
“Disengaged students are less likely to have knowledge about employment or an understanding about pathways available.
“Many do not have a cultural understanding about what is expected or acceptable in the workplace and are likely to fall through the gaps because schools do not have the time or resources to arrange placements.”
Ms Ryan said the Liberal-Nationals Government provided $5.1 million to fund the work of these coordinators across the state but Daniel Andrews has refused to continue funding for them.
“The reality is that teachers do not have the time or the resources to pick up the extra work of these coordinators if their funding is cut,” Ms Ryan said.
An evaluation found work experience participants were 75 per cent more likely to pursue further training or go on to secure employment than those who had not taken part.