EDUCATION is the way of the future and through the Victorian Coalition Government’s recent investment of $3.3 million to boost participation rates in vocational and higher education, more people in the region will get the chance to increase their skills and training.
Including a $2.2 million U2Uni project to increase local access to higher education and training, $650,000 toward delivering tailored food science, technology and management programs for the dairy and food manufacturing industry and $468,000 to a project aiming to increase higher education participation among indigenous and refugee students, the funding is set to give a significant boost to the region.
Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall and Member for Shepparton and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Jeanette Powell visited the Shepparton GOTAFE campus last week, announcing the funding was part of the $20 million Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund which has been designed to increase alliances between universities and vocational education and training providers in rural and regional Victoria.
“The funding will give opportunities for refugees and indigenous people throughout the region and teach them to help themselves as well as the community,” Ms Powell said.
Minister Hall said, “Over the next 10 years it is forecasted that a further 10,000 students will go into higher education through the programs.
“To be able to offer people a chance to fulfil their dreams is the best thing we can do.”