For Industry

Skills First gives a real voice for industry in training. It will be managed through a refined funded course list that focuses on current and future workforce industry skills needs in demand.

Extensive regional and industry consultations facilitated by the Victorian Skills Commissioner found that a significant number of Government-funded courses in 2016, did not meet industry or community needs.

To address this issue, the new funded course list was introduced from 1 January 2017. The new funded course list:

Training to meet industry skills needs
  • better aligns with industry needs and workforce demands
  • represents Government priorities, including rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), responding to family violence, and completing Victoria’s infrastructure projects
  • has a strong jobs outcome, such as apprenticeships
  • meets other social needs, such as foundation skill courses.

The funded course list will be regularly reviewed, and courses added as required by industry needs. A new funded course list for 2018 is available on this site. From 2017, subsidies for training are based on the cost of delivering high quality training.

For more information about the funded course list, see:

Industry at the forefront

a man sits in front of a computerUnder Skills First, there is an even stronger link with industry.

Through substantial consultation during the Mackenzie Review, through the work of the Victorian Skills Commissioner and surveys of over 100,000 employers, the Government understands what industry needs, what is working and what isn’t. The Government will continue to survey employers and consult with industry to ensure that we are deliving what industry needs to drive our economy.

The Workforce Training Innovation Fund will foster partnerships between industry, TAFEs and other training providers to work together to drive innovative collaboration through new qualifications, approaches to the delivery of training and curricula. Initial funding of $40 million is available for 2017.

For more information about the Workforce Training Innovation Fund, see:

It is vital Victoria’s current and future industries are equipped with employees who have the skills to support continued productivity and economic prosperity, and that business and employers have confidence in the training system and the qualifications of their future employees.

Securing regional jobs

a woman inspects a plantRegional industries benefit from locally trained workers. In many areas, there are not enough students to run viable training. Skills First will introduce targeted funding for regional and niche markets through the new Regional and Specialist Training fund.

There will be an initial $30 million kickstart in 2017 to ensure the training system responds to industry needs through Victoria’s regional communities and niche occupations.

For more information about the Regional and Specialist Training fund, see:

A clear voice for industry

two men inspect equiptmentVictorian Skills Commissioner, Neil Coulson, was appointed by the Victorian Government to work with industry, employers, union and government to ensure Victorians get the skills industry needs. Supported by the Commissioner, the Government has established a new $14 million Industry Engagement Framework. The new framework will be a critical input into Skills First and will comprise:

Industry Advisory Groups (IAGs)

Ten new IAGs will be established covering industries ranging from construction and health, to resources and manufacturing.

They will consist of representatives of industry, unions and employers.

IAGs will provide advice to the VSC on matters including skill demand pressures and future industry skills needs.

Regional Taskforces

Taskforces to ensure that regional skill and location based demands are addressed. Skills Taskforces will also be established to capture intelligence and advice about the unique labour needs of Victoria’s regions.

Industry Taskforces

Industry taskforces will be limited and ensure that Government has the necessary information to respond to emerging issues within the training and TAFE system and economy.

Further information

For more information about the Victorian Skills Commissioner or the new Industry Engagement Framework, visit:

The Victorian Employer Satisfaction and Skills Survey

The Victorian Employer Satisfaction and Skills Survey is an annual survey that collects information from employers on the training experiences of apprentice(s)/trainee(s), and about the training and skills needs of Victorian businesses.

For information on the Victorian Employer Satisfaction and Skills Survey , see:

Further information

For information on how Skills First will benefit industry, see: