Wednesday, 8 August 2018
Northern Victoria Region
Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria) (12:55:17) — My question is to the Minister for Education. The information I seek is whether Rochester Secondary College in my electorate and the Assembly electorate of Murray Plains will be receiving new apprenticeships and traineeships under the Head Start program. Rochester Secondary College has 340 pupils and it is approximately 180 kilometres north of Melbourne. It provides for the educational needs of a mixture of rural and semirural communities, which includes the township of Rochester and surrounding districts. The school encourages community support and has a close relationship with the community.
In years 11 and 12 students already have a comprehensive range of studies to select from, and the Head Start program would enable students to stay at school an extra year to finish their Victorian certificate of applied learning, Victorian certificate of education and apprenticeships while spending more time doing important, paid and on‑the‑job training. Head Start will provide apprenticeships targeted at priority industries and traditional trades like construction, defence and health, with enterprise apprenticeships and traineeships to be developed to target high‑technology areas needed for the jobs of tomorrow. This program would greatly assist the students of Rochester Secondary College, and I ask the minister to consider these important facts.