Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling yesterday hosted key construction industry stakeholders in Melbourne as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s ongoing engagement with industry.
According to the media release by the Premier of Victoria, Mr Wakeling told industry leaders that the Napthine Government remained committed to providing the industry with qualified and highly-skilled workforce.
“The Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.2 billion per year investment in vocational education and training means more people are undertaking more training that leads to jobs. We’re committed to delivering more workers with the skills that the construction industry requires,” Mr Wakeling said.
Last year, 62,700 Victorians participated in Government-subsidised construction industry training courses, a 47% increase since 2010.
“The increase in enrolments is welcome news for employers, helping to address the industry’s skills shortage and meet the forecast growth in construction jobs.”
Mr Wakeling said the Government’s efforts to ensure vocational and training courses were delivering high-skilled workforce in areas of shortage and placed the industry in a position to choose from a large pool of qualified workers.
“The Napthine Government’s $27 billion infrastructure agenda will deliver 26,000 new jobs and promote the employment of skilled construction workers including trade apprentices,” Mr Wakeling said.
“The Coalition Government is working with the construction industry to identify future needs and ensure vocational training provides learners with the skills employers require.”