Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s Shepparton campus received two funding injections yesterday to expand its Reconnect service and continue the work of its Skills and Jobs Centre.
State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp announced the training provider would receive $1.3million to expand the delivery of its Reconnect service.
The program connects employment with early school leavers and the long-term unemployed, and the institute is one of 27 Learn Locals and TAFEs sharing in the funding.
The institute’s acting chief executive Marg Fixter said the program supported students to create learning and achievement plans and also enabled them to access literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and work skills.
Further to the funding, the Shepparton Skills and Jobs Centre will share in $997495 alongside the Wangaratta, Benalla and Seymour centres.
Since they opened last year, the centres have helped more than 1500 people acquire the skills development, job readiness and training and career support to find a job or move into further training.
‘‘This funding will ensure GoTafe students keep on track to finish their training to get the job they want,’’ Mrs Fixter said.
Mr Gepp said more than $431000 of the funding would be used for the institute’s Trade Apprentice Learner Support program which provided mentoring and support for apprentices with low language, literacy and numeracy skills.