Skills First for regions

People in regional areas should have access to high quality, relevant training that will lead them to employment and meets the needs of local industries and employers.

Skills First focuses on protecting the needs of students to ensure the training they receive is high quality and work-relevant, and maximises their employment prospects.

The Government understands that rural and regional industries benefit from locally trained workers. They are less expensive to recruit and more likely to stay in the area, increasing staff retention. But in some regional areas there are not enough students to run viable training.

To allow rural and regional communities to access training that meets their local needs, Skills First has introduced targeted funding for training providers.

Training in niche occupations, particularly in regional and emerging markets will be funded through the Regional and Specialist Training Fund., ensuring the training and TAFE system is responding to industry and the Victorian economy's current and future needs.

The Government has also launched a regional skills fund. The fund is a targeted, place-based regional skills grants program driven by industry in partnership with the tertiary sector, working to build local capacity, resilience and support jobs creation.

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