Almost 3400 people will be skilled up for jobs in growing industries in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, thanks to $2.9 million from the Andrews Labor Government, for four innovative programs at Chisholm Institute.

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, discussed the how grant from the Labor Government’s $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund would benefit the institute during a visit to Chisholm’s Berwick campus today.

The Labor Government’s funding will allow Chisholm to work with the construction industry, health care providers, the emerging vinyl design and application sector and engineering industry to focus on areas where there are skills gaps and develop training which will lead to future jobs.

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.

Mr Herbert said 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 Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert

“We’re supporting Chisholm to provide training that gives people the skills they need to get a job in growing industries like construction, healthcare and engineering and the emerging vinyl design and application field.”

“We’re investing in our TAFEs to produce workers that will help us innovate, create new products and drive jobs and growth.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley

“Chisholm is a great institution who, with this funding, will ensure their students can get the quality skills they need, for the jobs they want.”