‘Dead end’ training courses in Victoria to be ditched

by L&D25 Aug 2016
About one-third of subsidised training courses in Victoria will lose public funding, after the Andrews Labor Government announced a crackdown on those that don’t lead to meaningful job prospects.

Consequently, the number of government-funded courses will drop from approximately 1500 to 1000.

"They were dead end courses, never linked in to industry needs," said the Training and Skills Minister Steve Herbert.

"There were courses on the list such as sugar refining. Well, there's no sugar refinery in Victoria."

Other courses which will no longer be funded by the government in 2017 include a certificate in digitising and computerising embroidery and a certificate in fitting pre-manufactured medical grade footwear.

Herbert announced the “Skills First” scheme today in Melbourne.

The Government said the reforms will include:
  • a more managed and focused training and TAFE system, with only providers who meet high standards getting government funded contracts
  • a clearer industry voice where training funded by government ensures students don’t waste their time or money on courses that rarely lead to a job.
The Government said that with an extra $114 million in 2017, TAFEs will receive increased funding every year to assist Victorians, “regardless of their background or postcode, access real training for real jobs”.

Moreover, training providers will have access to targeted funding streams. In 2017, that includes $30 million for a Regional and Specialist Training fund, $20 million to support high needs learners and a $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund – promoting innovative training and skills in emerging and priority industries.

“A strong and stable training and TAFE system is so important to building industry capability and developing Victoria’s current and future workforce,” said Herbert.

“With Skills First we’re making sure Victorian students have access to real training that will lead to a real job so they don’t waste their time and money on courses that won’t get them employment.”

The Andrews Government has also said it cracking down on dodgy providers, with a quality blitz leading to tough new training contracts introduced last year, and $40 million in taxpayer money identified for recovery.


  • by Astrid 27/08/2016 10:59:27 AM

    A long overdue initiative, that should be rolled out nationally. Too many people with meaningless certificates without any skills, too many providers issuing certificates for payment without proof of skills, too many people washing their hands in tax payers' money

  • by Josh 1/09/2016 8:08:09 AM

    Agreed, but we also have to stop using TAFE as a benchmark in the VET sector. There have been many occasions of incompetence within TAFE and many occasions of quality in the private sector. We are all equal. We need to stand together to regain faith in the community and prove that the VET sector is doing a great job. Despite limited levels of poor behaviour.

  • by Garrie 3/09/2016 12:01:12 PM

    This is all well and good, and yes the Government should do something to remove the shonky operators and stop targeting the Operators who are doing the right thing and are compliant and do operate courses within employable industries such as Transport and Logistics especially with the increase we are going to see in importation of products. But what about on-job training and traineeships. TAFEs only want students to sit in their nice shiny classrooms with their you beaut resources, but what about the students who are employed and have bosses that want to improve their workforce skills but need to keep the workers at work. Will TAFE change their ways and enter the workplace for training. This is a role mostly filled by RTOs.
    What RTO is going to be able to just stop training once they reach 1000 qualifications and wait upon SkillsVic to decide to do the audit to initiate the next 1000 quals. Especially large RTOs who would reach that level within months... Who pays for their staff to sit around twiddling thumbs await SV to arrive.
    I believe the new Contract regulations are a knee jerk reaction to the Baum and Vocation catastrophe that SV mismanagement allowed to happen. There are people in the know who are swing axes discriminately.
    Some good has been done and some bad has been allowed to happen. Political intrigue and megalomania at work....