Minister for Training and Skills, The Hon. Steve Herbert, today announced $4.7million in TAFE funding for Box Hill Institute’s Jobs Engagement Team (JET) initiative.
During a visit to the Institute’s Box Hill campus, Mr Herbert announced the allocation of the TAFE Back to Work fund would be used to leverage the unique strengths of Box Hill Institute and the Centre for Adult Education (part of BHI) to bridge the gap between the needs of key growth sectors and employees.
“The JET Initiative will focus on two current opportunities in emerging technologies,” said Box Hill Institute Chief Executive Norman Gray. “Cybersecurity in collaboration with British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) and 3D Manufacturing in partnership with the Australian 3D Manufacturing Association (A3DMA) will be our two primary areas of focus in the immediate future,” said Gray.
The Jobs Engagement Team will match the training needs of job seekers with the skills needs of employers.
In the first two years, the JET initiative will aim to train 500 apprentices and trainees before expanding to other key growth sectors, increasing to 500 apprentices and trainees per annum by year three.
“This initiative will strengthen Box Hill Institute’s existing partnerships with the community and assist unemployed youth, the long-term unemployed, out of trade apprentices and retrenched workers get back to work in industry areas where there is high skills demand,” said Mr Gray.
The Victorian Government’s Back to Work Plan aims to create 100,000 new jobs in Victoria.
The government’s investment in the JET initiative will provide the capacity for Box Hill Institute to invest in services and programs aligning to community and industry needs and get Victorians back to work.