26 September 2023

Plan to skill then fill thousands of jobs

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Hundreds of thousands of additional workers are expected to be needed in the State in the next two years according to the Victorian Skill Authority which has unveiled a plan to meet the need.

Welcoming the Authority’s Victorian Skills Plan, Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney said the Plan provided the most comprehensive overview of the State’s labour market to date.

Ms Tierney said the Plan outlined the immediate challenges and opportunities in joining up skills and training with jobs to deliver the workers industry needs and to create career opportunities for more Victorians.

“The Skills Plan shows that Victoria will need an extra 373,000 workers across 13 key industries by 2025, providing a clear picture of skills needs and job opportunities in every part of the state over the next three years,” Ms Tierney said, “a detailed picture of the sector that will make Victoria far better equipped to build the workforce of the future.”

“The plan delivers a blueprint for TAFEs, universities and training and education providers to plan their courses to match local industry and community need – and, armed with greater knowledge of in-demand local industries and training opportunities, will support learners and jobseekers to make the best choices for their future,” she said.

“Of the new workers required across Victoria, 90,000 new workers will be needed in the service sector, 65,000 in health and community services and 64,000 in the professional, financial and information services sector.

Ms Tierney said an additional 82,000 workers would also be needed in regional Victoria.

She said the Plan delivered on a recommendation of the independent 2021 report Future Skills for Victoria Driving collaboration and innovation in post-secondary education and training by bringing together industry and training providers.

“The plan highlights nine regional snapshots and profiles, addressing the key occupations, industries and actions to bring skills needed to the regions,” the Minister said.

“It also identifies 11 actions the Government will undertake – partnering with Government, industry, employers, unions, training providers and learners – to address priorities in skills provision, helping to reform the training and skills sector and enable learners and workers make informed skilling and career choices – starting at senior secondary school.”

The Victorian Skill Authority’s 50-page Plan can be accessed at this PS News link.

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