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Thursday, 14 June 2018


14th Jun 2018

Studentsin Bendigo will soon be able to finish high school with an apprenticeship ortraineeship, ready for work in high demand and high growth industries thanks tothe Andrews Labor Government.

Ministerfor Education James Merlino today visited Bendigo Senior Secondary College toannounce the Labor Government’s new Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeshipsinitiative would launch there and in schools across Bendigo next year.

MrMerlino also opened the school’s $6.2 million upgrade during the visit, whichincludes a new library, VCAL centre, business studies centre and learning areasfor psychology, humanities and health subjects.

Theschool also received a further $2.8 million to contribute towards the recentlyopened Ulumbarra Theatre project – a 1000 seat four-star theatre that servesthe College and surrounding community.

HeadStart will deliver up to 1,700 new apprenticeships and traineeships at 100secondary schools across Victoria, giving local students more support to studyan apprenticeship or traineeship at school.

Studentswill have the option of doing an extra year of school as part of theinitiative, so they can finish their VCAL or VCE while spending more time doingimportant and paid on-the-job training.

Thelocal schools hosting Head Start alongside Bendigo Senior Secondary Collegeinclude Bendigo South East 7-10 Secondary College, Weeroona College Bendigo,Crusoe 7-10 Secondary College, Rochester Secondary College, Echuca College,Kyabram P-12 College and Eaglehawk Secondary College.

Schoolswill get additional support and funding to help run Head Start, including aschool-based coordinator to provide employment and vocational pathway adviceand one-on-one support to students.

TheVictorian Budget 2018/19provided $50 million to deliver Head Start, alongside $109 million to overhaulsecondary school career education and $26 million to enhance vocationaleducation in schools.

HeadStart will provide apprenticeships targeted at priority industries andtraditional trades like construction, defence and health, with enterpriseapprenticeships and traineeships to be developed that target high technologyareas needed for the jobs of tomorrow like coding.

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Wewant all young Victorians who are learning a trade to be qualified and ready towork in areas where there are real job opportunities.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Ourapprentices are the backbone of our training system and the future of ourworkforce so it’s vital we give them all the support we can.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“This fantastic initiative will give more students in Bendigothe support and skills they need to do what they love and get their careerstarted.” 

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