Skills First, the Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing a training and TAFE system that delivers real training for real jobs.
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Real training for real jobs
Skills First, the Government will ensure industry has a clearer voice in which courses are funded, students will get real training that leads to real jobs and public money will be well spent.
Through a new Industry Engagement Framework, industry will have a greater voice in determining which training courses receive Government funding, with a new funded course list being developed to align with industry training needs.
The new funded course list will comprise courses with strong job outcomes, including apprenticeships and high-value traineeships and courses linked to government priorities that are of greatest value to the Victorian economy.
Funding subsidies that reflect the real costs of training
Courses included on the funded course list will: :
- Better align with industry needs and workforce demands.
- Represent Government priorities, including rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), responding to family violence, and completing Victoria’s infrastructure projects.
- Have strong job outcomes, such as apprenticeships.
- Meet other social needs, such as foundation skill courses.
Only courses on the new funded course list will be subsidised for students who commence from 1 January 2017.
The funded course list will be regularly reviewed, and courses added as required by industry needs. This will signal which courses industry needs for jobs growth and allow the training market to keep up with the changing needs of the economy.
Subsidies for students in the 2017 year will apply as follows:
- 2017 subsidies will apply to all new eligible students who commence their training on or after 1 January 2017.
- 2017 subsidies will apply (as of 1 January 2017) to all eligible students who commenced their training prior to 2017, provided that their course is on the 2017 funded course list.
- 2016 subsidies will continue to apply for all students who commenced their training prior to 2017 for courses that are not on the 2017 funded course list.
The new funded course list comprising courses with strong job outcomes, including apprenticeships and high-value traineeships and courses linked to government priorities.
Jobs and training needs
The funded course list has been used to create regional Jobs and training needs reports. These reports will assist training providers to better align their proposed delivery in 2017 with the stated objectives of
For more information, see:
Jobs and Training Needs Reports.
Finding a funded course
To find a 2017 funded course and the subsidy rate:
For a list of current funded courses and 2017 rates for non-funded courses, see: Funded Courses Report - Skills Victoria Training System
For more information and resources, see:
Skills First Resources
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