Victorian Government Commits to Long Term Support of Apprentices and Trainees

Gforce CEO Rob Birch and The Victorian Premire the Hon. Daniel Andrews at the annoucement
Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills, Gforce Chair, Vaz Juchima and Gforce CEO Rob Birch

Victorian Government commits to long term support of apprentices through the group training industry.

The Victorian Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews and the Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills announced in Geelong earlier today that the Victorian Government will commit to provide $9.3million in funding over the next 3 years to support Victorian group training organisations employ apprentices and trainees.

Gforce Chief Executive, Rob Birch officially welcomed the Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews and the Hon. Steve Herbert to Geelong's Breakwater Kitchens, who are long term Gforce Host Employer.

Currently the Victorian group training industry employs over 7500 apprentices and trainees each year across Victoria in all industry sectors with a heavy focus on traditional trade areas. GTO’s work with local communities and employers to match young people with meaningful work.

“We estimate this funding will support over 11,000 new apprentice and trainee commencements over the next 3 years and support in excess of 17,000 apprentices and trainees in Metropolitan and regional Victoria. Our network provides real job opportunities for young people and provides flexibility and support for small businesses across a wide range of trades and industry sectors”.

“Group training provides a safety net and flexibility for both the apprentice and host employer over the period of their training, and we congratulate the Victorian Government on their long term commitment to our industry” said Dean Luciani, GTAV Chair and CEO of Westvic Staffing Solutions based in Warrnambool.

Gary Workman, Executive Director of GTAV, also discussed the valuable work that group training organisations provide in their local communities.  “Australia is facing shortages of skilled workers in many areas and apprenticeships are a way of ensuring we have skilled workers for the future, and that we do not leave a generation of young people permanently locked out of the workforce.”

“We congratulate the Victorian government on their announcement today. It strongly demonstrates the government’s commitment to apprenticeships and traineeships and will ensure young workers receive real skills and training, and valuable career opportunities, which provides a strong foundation for our economy into the future”.

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