Skills Training and Apprenticeships 2018 election commitment Micro-credentials

Securing Victoria’s economy with skills and experience

17 August 2018

A Liberal Nationals Government will seek to upskill more Victorians by investigating new and innovative approaches to training.

If elected, we’ll examine targeted funding for micro-credentials to fill demand for workers in high-priority sectors and transitioning industries.

The review will be led by Craig Robertson, an experienced leader in VET and TAFE, in consultation with industry and training sector representatives.

Micro-credentials will give people the opportunity to upskill or reskill to meet the changing needs of the Victorian economy.

The training sector not only needs to support young people starting out in their careers, but also mature aged workers who want to add new skills.

The latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), shows government-funded VET student numbers have dropped 31.7 per cent under Daniel Andrews.

It’s a decline from 460,500 students in 2014, to 314,600 in 2017.

A report from the Productivity Commission, released earlier this year, revealed Labor underspent the student training budget in 2016 by a staggering $502 million.

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Skills, Training and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan

Training is the pathway to a better job or a new career for Victorians choosing to upskill or reskill in a quickly changing workforce.

This review will make sure Victoria’s training system is meeting our workforce needs and giving people the skills they need to change or retain their job.

Labor’s funding cuts have left the training industry in crisis, only the Liberal Nationals will do the work to make sure Victorians can seize the opportunity of lifelong learning.

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