Press Release: Labor sacks youth employment workers

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Youth unemployment could rise further in the region as Daniel Andrews

cuts funding for vital workplace learning coordinators.

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the coordinators improved youth

employment opportunities by arranging work placements for students undertaking

training at schools, TAFEs or registered training providers.


This ensures students are job-ready and connected with industries in need of skilled



“Without this program, it is going to be harder for young people in our region to

find work,” Mr McCurdy said.


“Labor promised to create 100,000 full-time jobs within two years but instead

Victoria is going backwards.


“Victoria has lost almost 7,800 full-time jobs since the Andrews Labor Government

came to office, and now Daniel Andrews is sacking the very people who are there to

help young people find a job.”


Mr McCurdy said the Liberal-Nationals Government provided $5.1 million a year to support these coordinators but that funding expires in December and Daniel Andrews has refused to continue the program.


“Many schools are saying if the government does not fund these workplace learning coordinators, they will have to cut their VET and VCAL programs,” he said.


“The reality is that teachers do not have the time or the resources to pick up the extra work of these coordinators if Daniel Andrews does not reinstate this funding.”


An independent evaluation undertaken for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recommended funding for the program should be continued.


Media contact: Tim McCurdy 5721 6155


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