June 30, 2015


More than 300 young people in Western Victoria will gain an apprenticeship or traineeship thanks to $2.9 million in Andrews Labor Government funding, to help Federation University deliver its Blended Learning Program.

Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight, and Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, made the announcement of the grant from the Labor Government’s $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund during their visit to SMB campus in Ballarat today.

The funding will allow Federation University to develop accessible e-learning and e-administration resources to compliment practical, hands-on learning delivered in the classroom and workshop.

The $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund is part of a $350 million funding boost to the TAFE system, delivered in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. This is in addition to the $20 million fast-tracked earlier this year to shore up the finances of seven financially-vulnerable TAFEs.

The Fund will support projects that allow TAFE institutes to provide training that leads to jobs by working in partnership with local industries, including those identified by the Government’s Back to Work Plan to create 100,000 jobs.

Training offered by these initiatives would also support employers who plan to hire staff as part of the Government’s Back to Work Scheme, by creating more job-ready skilled workers in growing industries.

The Back to Work scheme provides financial assistance to businesses if they hire unemployed young people, retrenched workers or the long-term unemployed.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight

“People who live in regional Victoria can find it hard to get to a campus to study. This $2.9 million in Andrews Government funding will help students gain access to training and coursework online as well as in the classroom.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“Labor’s TAFE Back to Work Fund investment will drive new apprenticeship and traineeship enrolments at Federation University in partnership with industry and employers to help create local jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert

“TAFEs mean skills and skills mean jobs, which is why it is essential to the future of the region that Federation University delivers more training that gives locals the opportunity to develop the skills they need to get a job in a growing or emerging industry.”