Macedon electorate vocational education and training

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) —The adjournment matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Training and Skills in the other place. The action I seek is for the minister to join me in my electorate to speak with employers regarding training for apprentices and the skills required by my local businesses.

In my role as the member for Macedon I regularly talk to local employers through business networking and other events. I also enjoy getting out to the retail strips and industrial estates to talk directly with business owners to understand their concerns in their workplaces. I was fortunate to be able to spend last Friday doing exactly this. During meetings with various small business owners, including Jenny and Rudy Cordina from Romsey Mechanical Services, Lyn Allford from Romsey British Automotive and, at the other end of the scale, Arie Baelde from Rijk Zwaan, one of the largest seed producers in the world, a common thread was the ability to access high‑quality training for apprentices and other employees, and training to address skills gaps in regional Victoria.

I know just how committed the minister is to continue the incredible work achieved over the last two years, including the implementation of the Skills First strategy initiatives and delivering on the massive $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund. This government is rebuilding trust and confidence in our TAFE colleges and our training system. A visit to my electorate will enable the minister to hear directly from regional Victorian employers about the training challenges they face.