Victorian Skills Plan boosting training for more Victorians

Published: 24 October 2023

Victorians will have more training opportunities in high-demand industries, with a new report charting the state’s skills and training sector over the next 3 years.

More than 120 people from the training sector and industry gathered at Holmesglen TAFE in Moorabbin to launch the Victorian Skills Plan for 2023 into 2024.

The plan outlines Victoria’s jobs and skills outlook into 2026, with more than 353,000 new jobs created across 19 key industries over the next three years. The plan provides a practical plan to ensure the training and skills sector is well positioned for this growth.

More than 83,000 jobs will be created in health care and social assistance, while 46,000 people will begin work in the education and training sector.

The professional, scientific and technical services sector will see 35,000 people join the workforce and the hospitality industry will create approximately 32,000 new jobs over the next three years – with 25,000 new jobs created in the manufacturing sector.

Victoria’s transition to a renewable economy is expected to create 10,000 new jobs each year from now until 2030 and transform more than 500,000 existing jobs through new skills training.

The plan was prepared by the Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) in consultation with industry, employers and unions. First published in 2022, the Victorian Skills Plan identifies more training opportunities for providers and industries to plan for future skills needs and for Victoria’s TAFE system.

Every Victorian is eligible for government-funded training no matter their existing qualification level and there is no longer a one-course limit on Free TAFE participation within the one priority pathway.

Free TAFE has removed the barriers for training for a great new career for more than 153,000 students – saving students more than $394 million since the program began in 2019. More than 80 courses and short courses are available across Victoria as part of Free TAFE.

To read the plan, visit: Victorian Skills Plan.