Securing Ballarat’s economy with skills and experience

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

Member for Ripon Louise Staley MP, said the Liberal Nationals would look at targeted funding for micro-credentials to fill the demand for workers in high-priority sectors and transitioning industries.

Ms Staley said the Ballarat workforce was constantly changing and we need to make sure the training sector is offering the skills local workers need.

“Ballarat’s future will be shaped by its ability to be a hub for multiple industries, including construction, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and consumer goods, and we need to make sure Ballarat workers can get the skills they need when they need them,”

“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.” Ms Staley said.

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

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

Shadow Minister for Skills, Training, and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan said 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.

“Training is the pathway to a better job or a new career for Victorians choosing to upskill or reskill in a quickly changing workforce,” Ms. Ryan said.

 “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.”

The latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), shows government-funded VET student numbers have dropped 31.7 percent 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