Why expanding the region’s skills base is necessary:
There is a serious mismatch between major industries’ skills requirements and training facilities in Melbourne’s south east.
A key determinant of students’ pursuit of tertiary education is the availability and proximity of relevant courses. Recent research showed that the majority of students from the south east travel f study outside of the region. In Greater Dandenong for example, fewer than one-third of students attend campuses in the outer south east.
According the most recent census, just 14 per cent of workers in the south ease have a university qualification – lower than the state average. This is demonstrated by the difficulty many businesses face in recruiting workers with specific skill sets, especially trade and certificate level qualified staff.
SEM supports a stronger university presence, variety of course offerings and improved vocational pathways in the region.
The outer urban areas of the region have a number of TAFEs developing their own strengths. SEM supports a proposed business incubator at Monash, Berwick campus, the development of health and allied services specialisations at Frankston and the Sustainable Water Technology Centre at Cranbourne.
SEM is calling for the Government to consider:
- Vocational pathways development
- Developing closer links and alignment between education and industry within the region
- Developing skills capacity and positioning the region as a ‘high skills destination’
- Skilling and re-skilling local people to align with regional industry needs
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