Victoria’s $10M Skills Solutions Partnerships Program unveiled at manufacturing showcase

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The Victorian Government has unveiled a $10 million initiative dubbed “Skills Solutions Partnerships Program” in a push to bolster the state’s workforce and enhance collaboration between educational institutions and industries.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Jobs amnd Industry Natalie Hutchins during the 2023 Victorian Manufacturing Showcase held at Moonee Ponds.

The program aims to foster partnerships between Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, universities, and industries, with a focus on designing and piloting new training courses.

These courses will be tailored to meet the evolving needs of critical sectors such as manufacturing, digital technology, construction, clean economy, healthcare, and social services, ensuring a pipeline of job-ready talent for the future.

As part of this comprehensive initiative, the government is investing $63.8 million in the Digital Jobs program and an additional $4.5 million in the Digital Jobs for Manufacturing program.

These programs are specifically designed to address digital skills shortages, preparing Victorians for the increasing demand in the technology-driven job market.

Furthermore, the government continues its commitment to supporting students pursuing high-demand careers through initiatives like Skills First and the Free TAFE program.

Since its inception in 2019, these programs have removed barriers to training for over 153,000 students, resulting in savings exceeding $394 million.

Minister Hutchins stated that Victoria’s robust economy has led to the highest participation rate and employment levels in a decade.

“Many of our fastest growing industries are experiencing critical skills shortages – our Skills Solutions Partnerships Program will connect these industries with passionate, work-ready local students to fill the gaps that are blocking their growth,” she noted.

Meanwhile, Minister for Skills and TAFE Gayle Tierney expressed the commitment to delivering high-quality, relevant training that aligns with Victoria’s future skills demands.

Regarding the Skills Solutions Partnerships Program, Minister Tierney added the program will mean more Victorians are getting the skills they need to succeed.

The Skills Solutions Partnerships Program aligns with the Victorian Government’s broader strategy to position the state as Australia’s manufacturing hub.

Initiatives like the $20 million Manufacturing and Industry Sovereignty Fund, the Made in Victoria – Manufacturing Growth Program, and the Energy Technologies Manufacturing Program further underscore the commitment to fostering skilled jobs and advancing the manufacturing sector.

The 2023 Victorian Manufacturing Showcase, where the announcement was made, witnessed a record number of exhibitors and attendees.

With over 80 businesses showcasing their innovations and more than 1,000 participants, the event highlighted the vibrancy and potential of Victoria’s manufacturing landscape.

For additional information about the Skills Solutions Partnerships Program, interested parties can visit