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$1.1m TAFE boost for training and support

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November 22, 2017

The Skills First Reconnect program will help early school leavers and the long-term unemployed.

EARLY school leavers and the long-term unemployed will have better access to training and support under a new Bendigo TAFE program.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan announced that Bendigo Kangan Institute is receiving $1.1 million to deliver its Skills First Reconnect program to help create pathways to accredited training for 150 high-needs learners. Bendigo Kangan Institute is one of 27 Learn Locals and TAFEs sharing in $19.8 million to support almost 3000 Victorians.

Its Skills First Reconnect program will support participants at the Broadmeadows, Bendigo and Echuca campuses as well as outreach to those unable to access these locations.

It will provide early school leavers, parents returning to work, and those with low literacy and numeracy skills with one-on-one support to address personal barriers to training and work.

Participants will receive tailored support, including the development of a learning and achievement plan at one-on-one sessions with qualified case coordinators.

They will also develop their skills and confidence through access to training in language, literacy, numeracy and work skills.

On completion, participants will be supported to undertake further education, training and employment.

Ms Allan said the funding shows the state government’s commitment to education.

“This is the Andrews Labor government making sure people living in and around Bendigo get the support they need to take the next step in their education or career,’’ she said.

Bendigo Kangan’s program will also help people in the Hume and Campaspe local government areas.

The Skills First Reconnect program is an extension to the Back to Work Reconnect grant program that was funded in 2016 and established in response to a decline in the number of young, early school leavers enrolling in vocational education and training.

The program will expand eligibility to support high-need learners aged between 17 and 64 with low levels of prior educational attainment.

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