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Monday, 13 November 2017


People living in Bendigo will have more access to the training and support they need to get a job thanks to a program reconnecting early school leavers and the long-term unemployed.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan today 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 its Broadmeadows, Bendigo and Echuca campuses, with 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.

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 Skills First Reconnect program will expand eligibility to support high-need learners aged between 17-64 years with low levels of prior educational attainment.

Through Skills First, the Andrews Labor Government is overhauling Victoria’s training and TAFE system, guaranteeing funding to secure the future of TAFE and making sure Victorians have the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“We’re helping early school leavers and the long-term unemployed access the education and training they need to get a job.”

“We’re making sure every Victorian, no matter their postcode or background, has access to the training and support they need to get a job.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“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.

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