People from across the Campaspe Shire will get the help they need to re-join the workforce as part of a $47 million expansion of the Reconnect program – a Victorian Government initiative aimed at connecting with people through education and training.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that Bendigo Kangan Institute will be one of 34 providers across the state to continue offering the Reconnect program.
The Reconnect program helps early school leavers, long-term unemployed, asylum seekers and those on Youth Justice Orders re-enter the workforce or connect with further education opportunities.
The program has been expanded in 2021 to provide assistance to those whose jobs has been affected by either the pandemic or bushfires.
Bendigo Kangan Institute will receive $568,350 to continue the Reconnect program and offering 75 places across their three campuses in Northern Victoria, including the Hare Street site in Echuca.
With 1,700 program places available state-wide in 2021, providers include a mix of TAFEs, Learn Local Organisations and Community Service Organisations.
The program supports people to complete Learn Local and TAFE courses while providing a range of support services to learners who may face multiple barriers to learning and transitioning to the workforce. These include access to counselling and mentoring, housing and accommodation, and health and wellbeing services.
Since 2016, the program has worked with 7,430 people across Victoria and seen thousands of participants transition into accredited training.
New funding terms for providers will be offered on an initial two-year basis, with the opportunity to extend it on a year-by-year basis until the end of 2024.
Reconnect Program funding had previously been provided over three-year periods.
More details on the program can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/reconnect-program.aspx
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Bendigo Kangan Institute’s delivery of the Reconnect program will help break down the barriers for those across the Campaspe region and beyond – to reconnect with training and employment through the delivery of vital support mechanisms and links to services.”
“Along with Free TAFE for Priority Jobs and investment into our TAFE’s, the Andrews Government is supporting Victorians to achieve quality vocational training right here in Northern Victoria.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney
“This expansion of the Reconnect program is ensuring that more people across Victoria will be connected to real pathways for further education and job opportunities essential to Victoria’s economic recovery.”