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The Nationals will seek to upskill more Gippslanders if elected to government this year by funding short, skills-based courses to better help people find jobs.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says The Nationals will review targeted funding for so-called “micro-credentials” to fill demand for workers in high-priority sectors and transitioning industries.

“I’ve met with Gippslanders and local training providers who want access to short courses but are forced to undertake training they don’t need because of government funding rules for skills training.

“Micro-credentials could be the solution - they are certifications that can be awarded for specific skills without the time commitment of a full degree or lengthy tertiary course.

“Gippslanders are battling high unemployment rates and job shortages so we need to make sure locals can get the skills they need when they need them.

“This review is about making sure Victoria’s training system reflects our workforce needs and allows people to obtain the skills they need to change or retain their job.”

Mr O’Brien said the review would complement The Nationals’ commitment to a new campus of Federation Training at Sale.

Shadow Minister for Skills, Training and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan said the training sector not only needs to support young people starting out in their careers, but also mature-aged workers who want to add new skills.

“Training is the pathway to a better job or a new career for Victorians choosing to upskill or reskill in a quickly changing workforce,” Ms Ryan said.

The latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), shows government-funded VET student numbers have dropped 31.7 per cent under Daniel Andrews.

It’s a decline from 460,500 students in 2014, to 314,600 in 2017.

A report from the Productivity Commission, released earlier this year, revealed Labor underspent the student training budget in 2016 by a staggering $502 million.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with the Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Training, Skills & Apprenticeships, Steph Ryan

Thursday, 23 August 2018

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