May 19, 2016


Vulnerable young people in Ballarat will receive extra support to get back into training and work thanks to funding of over $1.2 million for Federation University Australia and Ballarat Group Training from the Andrews Labor Government’s Reconnect Program.

Local MPs Geoff Howard and Sharon Knight visited Ballarat Group Training to meet with local apprentices and to announce funding from the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

Ballarat Group Training will partner with other local community agencies to deliver a 12-week program that will include time studying a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways – incorporating hands-on experience in vocational areas of choice.

“The Andrews Labor Government is helping early school leavers in our region to take a step forward into training, education or a job.” Mr Howard said.

“BGT will receive $423,000 to partner young people with a mentor to assist them develop a plan for their future that will keep them in training.

“The opportunity to gain skills that leads to a good job is most important ingredient to turn a young person’s life around.”

Federation University will receive $839,000 for a specially designed program called FedREAL and will work with 200 young disengaged people to overcome barriers such as housing and health problems, which are stopping them entering and succeeding in training.

This program will be delivered in Ballarat, Central Goldfields, Ararat, Hepburn, Horsham, Moorabool and the Northern Grampians – offer volunteering and work experience to participants along with individual learning and transition plans, career education, individual support and place-based mentors and training programs and engagement with regional employers.

“This is a big win for Ballarat. I’m sure both organisations will build on the good work they’re already doing within our community,” Ms Knight said.

“This money will help break down barriers that can stop early school leavers in Ballarat and Western Victoria from accessing training.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is addressing disadvantage, promoting equity, and helping those who have left school early or are long term unemployed to reconnect with training.” Ms Knight said.