Indi vocational education and training well placed to claim share of $1.5billion
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said Indi is well placed to claim a share of $1.5 billion announced in the Federal Budget for vocational training and employment skills programs.
“This is a huge win for North East Victoria following the visit from Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills the Hon Karen Andrews in early May,” Ms McGowan.
“The work of vocational education bodies such as NELLEN, Wodonga TAFE, GOTAFE, Belvoir Special School and Wodonga Senior Secondary College demonstrated to the Minister that Indi is well down the track of developing effective local training programs to provide a future for young people in the North East,” Ms McGowan said.
“In 2011, of the 15,000 young people in Indi aged between 15-24, only 5,816 completed technical, vocational or tertiary education.
“This funding provides an opportunity to improve the options available for young people with all North East Victoria’s vocational education and training providers.”
Ms McGowan said she was very disappointed in the increase in university fees which will impose a further barrier on young people from country areas seeking tertiary education.
“I will continue to take the concerns from La Trobe University, Charles Sturt University and the TAFEs to the Minister for Education and Training the Hon Simon Birmingham about these impacts on rural students,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan is inviting people to have a say on the budget at www.cathymcgowan.com.au until 25 May.