Victoria Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall
Victorian Coalition Government Support For VET System Drives Increase In Student Numbers
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall has welcomed the latest quarterly vocational education and training figures, which show a major jump in the number of Victorians undertaking training.
The data from Skills Victoria’s Victorian Training Market Quarterly Report also found that government funded enrolments have increased by 24 % in the first half of 2011 compared to the same time in 2010.
The increase follows the Victorian Coalition Government’s re-introduction at the beginning of this year of TAFE concession fee places for 15 to 24 year old students holding a Health Care Card.
“The Government is committed to expanding education and training opportunities for all Victorians.” Mr. Hall said.
“These figures provide solid evidence Victoria’s demand driven VET system is achieving outstanding results in helping Victorians realise their aspirations and providing highly trained job-ready people to support the state’s economy.”
“The government’s commitment to education and training is critical in expanding our skills base and making Victoria an even more attractive place for businesses to invest in and grow jobs.”
Mr. Hall said the report also revealed more training was taking place in skill areas most needed by Victorian businesses.
“The Victorian training market is a critical source of skilled workers for businesses and must be responsive to the changing nature of our economy and the needs of industry groups.” Mr. Hall said.
“In the last 12 months there has been a 23 % growth in government funded enrolments related to industries experiencing shortages, including health and social assistance and construction.”
Mr. Hall said the data showed:
- Retail training was up by 36 %;
- Health care and social assistance by 32 %;
- Construction by 22 %;
- Tourism by 13 %.
The data also shows enrolments by working age students with a low level prior qualification (20-64 year olds not holding a Certificate III or above) have grown by 29 % and foundation level training (literacy and numeracy) has grown by 59 % compared to 2010.
Mr. Hall also welcomed results showing the government’s efforts to remove barriers to vocational education for disadvantaged groups were also working.
“We are continuing to see growth across the board with culturally and linguistically diverse student numbers up by 26 %; students with a disability up by 22 % and Indigenous students are up by 16 %.” Mr. Hall said.
The figures also showed more than 5,000 Health Care Card holders aged under 25 starting diplomas and advanced diplomas in 2011.
The Victorian Coalition Government announced a $157.8 Million funding boost for the TAFE sector in this year’s State Budget.
The funding included $62.5 Million to re-establish concession places and a $35 Million capital funding program to upgrade Victoria’s TAFE campuses, facilities and equipment.
The Victorian Training Market Quarterly Report is produced by Skills Victoria. The reports provide a summary of Victorian training market performance. The current report uses data sourced from Victorian training providers up to the end of June 2011.