An Andrews Labor Government will build ten Tech Schools across Victoria, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, announced.

Tech Schools will be established in the Gippsland, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Monash, Casey, Wyndham, Banyule, Yarra Ranges and the Whittlesea regions. Focusing on local industries, they’ll be open to secondary school students from across their region.

Based on the KIOSC Wantirna facility, Labor’s plan for Tech Schools is about bringing the discovery and development of skills closer to home and closer to the classroom, at an even younger age.

Tech School students will spend a set period of time getting a technical education while maintaining enrolment at their local secondary school – not in place of a comprehensive education, but as part of it.

Local industries will work with TAFEs and universities to design Tech School courses, so they can get the workers and skills they need.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews:

“Under the Liberals, Victoria is in a youth unemployment crisis. Liberal TAFE cuts have made it so much harder for kids to get skills, get a job and build a better life.”

“Tech Schools are coming back, refined and reformed, because our kids deserve a head start in a hands-on profession.”

“We’ll open ten Tech Schools across Victoria so today’s students can be tomorrow’s workers.”

Key Facts:

• Ten Tech Schools will be built across the state. A consortium of five to ten Government and non-Government schools will govern and use each campus.
• Victoria has the highest youth unemployment rate on the Australian mainland.

Published on October 27, 2014