Skills Fund to help regional Victoria08/09/2016
The Victorian Government today unveiled its $34 million Regional Skills Fund to support targeted, place-based skills and workforce development across regional Victoria.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert launched the fund in Morwell with key industry, TAFE and university leaders.
The fund helps industry partner with higher education and training providers to deliver projects that drive industry growth, support workforce development, create career pathways and facilitate greater education in regional Victoria.
The Government is encouraging regional businesses and industry to work in partnership with the higher education and training sector to develop grant applications, which may be submitted at any time.
Local Learning and Employment Networks, local government and not-for-profit organisations can also partner in projects.
The program ensures Victoria’s regions retain and attract the skilled workers they need to grow local economies, support jobs, and remain competitive. It has been designed to respond to the changing workforce challenges and skills demands of regional and rural Victoria.The Government will work with local businesses, TAFEs, universities and community organisations to ensure skills and workforce development project proposals align with the needs of local industry.
The Regional Skills Fund is a joint initiative between Regional Development Victoria and the Department of Education and Training, administered through the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.