‘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.