More learners with high-needs in Richmond will get the support they need to get skills that lead to a job thanks to a state-wide program to reconnect Victorians with training by the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne MP today announced that Carringbush Adult Education Inc will receive a $140,000 grant to deliver the Skills First Reconnect program to help create pathways to accredited training for high needs learners living in the Yarra municipality.

Carringbush Adult Education Inc will deliver the program to 20 students across the municipality.

The funding is part of a $12 million state-wide boost to the Reconnect Program for a further 17 projects, to 1800 Victorians across 55 local government areas.

The Reconnect Program targets early school leavers and the long-term unemployed by providing a range of services aimed at building participants’ resilience and workplace skills to prepare them for formal training and employment.

Participants will receive local support from community-based Learn Local organisations and TAFE Institutes to prepare for and undertake meaningful training.

The program has already worked with almost 3,000 people throughout Victoria. Of these, more than 1,170 have begun an accredited training course.

To make it easier to access training, the Government is investing $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses that lead to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers tuition free.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 is investing an additional $644 million to strengthen TAFE, address skills shortages and ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job.

The investment is in stark contrast to the previous Liberal Government, which cut over $1 billion from our TAFEs.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“We’re making record investments in TAFE and training and Labor’s Reconnect program means more people in Richmond will be able to access the skills they need to get a job.”

“Every Victorian should have the opportunity to access the training they need to get a job – by expanding Reconnect and making priority TAFE courses free, we’re making that a reality.”

“Reconnect is making things fair by giving every Victorian, no matter their postcode or background, access to the training and support they need to get a job.”

Quotes attributable to Minister of Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“Whether it’s making TAFE courses free or transforming local campuses, we’re rebuilding TAFE after years of devastating cuts by the previous Liberal Government.”

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