Victorian Skills Plan offers a road map for regional Victorian job opportunities
A new report has offered regional Victoria a clear picture of what skills are needed and where job opportunities will be found over the next three years.
Launched at Wodonga TAFE by Minister for Skills and TAFE Gayle Tierney, the report outlines how the Victorian Skills Plan for 2023 into 2024 delivers vital data about workforce needs across all industries and occupations across the state, including in the regions.
By 2026, regional Victoria is expecting an extra 75,000 jobs created including 22,600 in health care and social assistance, 8,900 in hospitality and 7,100 in education and training.
The top occupations in demand across all regional Victoria include registered nurses, and ageing and disability carers. Livestock farmers are also in the top five occupations in demand for more than half of Victoria’s regions.
The Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) delivers the Skills Plan and publishes valuable data to support alignment of training with employment demand.
To support local skills and training initiatives, the VSA convened Regional Skills Taskforces to help develop seven Regional Skills Demand Profiles. The profiles gather local insights and intelligence on skills demand, industry training needs and priority growth sectors in specific regions of Victoria.
Along with the Victorian Skills Plan, these profiles will inform the Labor Government’s investments for vocational education and skills development in the regions.
This includes support for Victoria’s TAFEs. Regional TAFEs are a key source of skills for manufacturing and construction, which will expand to support the energy sector and other infrastructure needs. TAFEs also provide skills for workers in industries affected by population growth in the regions, such as education, health and hospitality.
The 2023 Skills Plan makes recommendations to support TAFEs to deliver contemporary skills to help local industry respond to changes driven by digitisation and offer improved career options to local students.
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