Labor Government On Track To Establish The First Victorian Skills Commissioner

The Andrews Labor Government is another step closer to delivering on an $8 million election commitment to establish the Office of the Skills Commissioner.

A call for Expressions of Interest for the new role of Skills Commissioner will begin appearing from 29 August 2015, which will include advertisements in newspapers.

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert said the newly created position will work with industry to ensure that students get skills that will lead to real jobs and real productivity for industry and employers.

The Labor Government knows the important role industry plays in the training sector and the Skills Commissioner will draw on their knowledge to advise government.

The Commissioner’s role will include:

  • Providing advice on how the training system can better support the economy and jobs by addressing skills shortages, meeting workforce training needs and boosting productivity for employers
  • Analysing the training needs of existing and emerging industries to ensure a capable workforce
  • Promoting the training pathways available that leads to jobs and skills development in the workforce.

The previous Liberal Government abolished the Victorian Skills Commission in 2012 to the detriment of our training system and students.

The Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State through a range of initiatives including the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, which is investing in new facilities and supporting TAFEs to better support their local community.

We’ve also invested $50 million for the TAFE Back to Work Fund to support TAFE institutes to partner with industry to deliver 7000 new apprenticeships and traineeships in growing and emerging industries.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“We’re securing our key election commitment to establish the Victorian Skills Commissioner, who will help make sure the skills our students and apprentices get will lead to jobs.”

“The Commissioner will report directly to me and ensure industry has a clear voice in Victoria’s training system.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in education, skills and training to transform Victoria into the Education State, giving all Victorians the opportunity to develop the skills they need for the jobs they want.”

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