A message from the Minister for Training and Skills

The Victorian Government is committed to making Victoria the Education State. Through Skills First, Victoria is leading the way in delivering a high quality training and TAFE system that delivers real skills for real jobs. A training system that delivers quality and work relevant skills is vital to improving productivity, creating jobs and increasing Victoria’s economic growth.

The alignment of training and pathways with industry need is a key priority for this government. The appointment of the first Victorian Skills Commissioner and the establishment of the Industry Engagement Framework (IEF) support this and form a key pillar of the Skills First reforms. As part of the IEF, the establishment of ten Industry Advisory Groups and implementation of Regional Skills Taskforces and Industry Skills Taskforces will provide a clear voice for industry to ensure that Victoria’s Government-funded training system can better serve the needs of our local economy and communities.

It is important that students are given a choice when it comes to developing the skills that they need for the job they want. It is equally as important for industry and employers to have a say in this training to ensure that these students are skilled for the current and future workforce. In order to achieve this, genuine engagement with industry is required.

The Regional Skills Taskforces provide a way for industries to identify workforce training needs and promote quality training pathways that lead to skills development and jobs across regional and rural Victoria. This process was first piloted in the Mallee region of Victoria, consisting of Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura and Swan Hill shires. An outcome of the Regional Skills Taskforce – Mallee Region is the preparation of a Regional Skills Demand Profile.

This is an important step in identifying shifts in industry and highlighting the skills and training needs of the region to support these shifts. It draws attention to the value of qualifications and pathways, and identifies obstacles in training and skills that industry is currently facing or is likely to face in the future. The profile will provide an evidence base for us to shape and fund required training and pathways, as well as overcome challenges.

I would like to thank the Regional Skills Taskforce – Mallee Region for their leadership and commitment to strengthen training and employment outcomes for Victorians. Continued collaboration from all users of the vocational education and training system is paramount to sustaining the momentum of outcomes and benefits delivered under Skills First reforms.

The Victorian Government will continue to partner closely with industry, TAFEs and other training providers to deliver on our shared aspirations as the Education State, where every Victorian has the opportunity to train for a brighter future.

The Hon Gayle Tierney MP
Minister for Training and Skills
Source: Regional Skills Demand Profile The Mallee