Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today spoke at GOTAFE’s Wangaratta Breakfast highlighting the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to a strong TAFE sector in country Victoria.

This morning’s breakfast with GOTAFE stakeholders, highlighted the importance of building a strong education and training system, after it was devastated by the previous Liberal National Government.

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering real training for real jobs for people in Wangaratta and North East communities.

At the event, Ms Symes detailed Labor’s continued record investment in Victoria’s TAFE system in the 2018/19 budget which includes $172 million in 50 Free TAFE for Priority Courses so students can access the training that leads to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers.

Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees in 30 priority non apprenticeship courses and 20 Victorian apprenticeship pathway courses.

“We’re making sure that people in Wangaratta and North East Victoria have the opportunity to access training and get a job close to home,” Ms Symes said.

“GOTAFE is vital to delivering quality training to people in North East Victoria, including in key areas such as health and community services, agriculture and VET in Schools.

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

Through the 2018/19 Victorian State Budget, the Labor Government is providing an additional $644 million to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a job, and to address skills shortages before they put a brake on the state’s economy.

This investment includes $43.8 million to reintroduce Trade Papers, implement new independent assessments, update learning materials, and to create quality apprenticeships and traineeships for the modern economy.

People who complete an apprenticeship work hard and deserve recognition of their trade – which is why industry, training providers and apprentices have been calling for the return of Trade Papers since the Liberals took an axe to them.

Fulfilling their election commitment, Labor also funded and built GOTAFE’s Skills and Jobs Centre in Wangaratta which assists students and potential students every day in accessing the high quality training GOTAFE delivers.