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Melbourne Labor cuts make finding a job harder

Young people in Gippsland South will be faced with an even greater struggle to find a job after Daniel Andrews cut funding for workplace learning coordinators.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the coordinators played an important role in preparing students for employment.

“Workplace learning coordinators help improve youth employment opportunities by arranging work placements or work experience for those students undertaking training at schools, TAFEs or registered training providers,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Nationals in Government provided $5.1 million a year to support these coordinators but that funding expires in December and Daniel Andrews has refused to continue the program.

“The job of these coordinators is to ensure students are job-ready and connected with industries in need of skilled workers like many of those in our own region.

“Without this program, it is going to be harder for young people in Gippsland to find work.

“In addition, many schools are saying if the government does not fund these workplace learning coordinators, they will have to cut their VET and VCAL programs.”

Mr O’Brien said VET and VCAL programs provided young Gippslanders with hands on skills in their chosen industry so as they were ready to join the workforce at the completion of the program.

“This news is very disappointing for young people looking to enter the workforce and also the families of those young job seekers, who will be forced to pick up the pieces,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Looking for your first fulltime job and making sure you’ve got the necessary skills to do that job is a daunting task for any young person, and these cuts by Daniel Andrews and Melbourne Labor will be of detriment to those young, keen jobseekers.”

Mr O’Brien said Melbourne Labor promised to create 100,000 full-time jobs within two years but instead jobs in Victoria are on the decline.

“Victoria has lost almost 7,800 full-time jobs since the Andrews Labor Government came to office, and now Daniel Andrews is sacking the very people who are there to help young people find a job,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The reality is that teachers do not have the time or the resources to pick up the extra work of these coordinators if Daniel Andrews does not reinstate this funding.”

Mr O’Brien said an independent evaluation undertaken for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recommended funding for the program should be continued.

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