Mary Wooldridge MP is Shadow Minister for Innovation, Jobs and Trade, Shadow Minister for Training and Skills, and Shadow Minister for Higher Education.
â€‹Details of Victorian Government funding of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in 2018, released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research shows plummeting investment by Daniel Andrews in the training and skills sector.
We have seen another broken promise from Daniel Andrews and Minister Gayle Tierney as their roll out of Free TAFE lurches from one blunder to another.
The Andrews Labor Government has commissioned yet another review into the training and skills system, despite spending $10m on the Victorian Skills Commissioner over the past 4 years and receiving 2 major VET reviews, with 180 recommendations, many of which have not been implemented.
The latest National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Data released has shown the frightening reality of the Victorian training sector.
Laborâ€™s failure to effectively implement its Free TAFE policy has resulted in significant staff shortages, ballooning class sizes, and raises serious concerns about the quality of pathways to jobs for students.
The Government's failure to arrest the decline in enrolments in VET is leaving young Victorians without the skills they need for the future and employers without the skilled workforce they need.
LaunchVic, the Stateâ€™s startup agency, has seen its budget slashed in half as part of Daniel Andrews budget cuts to Jobs, Industry and Innovation.
This budget has seen a massive cut of $130 million next year to the Governmentâ€™s program to create jobs, attract investment and build an innovative Victoria.
Particularly concerning is the drop in enrollments in training in NDIS related areas (33%) and family violence (19%). This Government report shows very clearly that students continue to desert the system.
The number of Victorian VET students both undertaking and completing their qualifications continues to plummet year after year under Daniel Andrews. The Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services released today shows that since the Andrews Government took office there are 145,000 fewer VET students (460,000 in 2014 to 314,600 in 2017).