A $2.4 million regional partnership project to help increase participation in tertiary education in the Loddon Mallee region is a welcome boost, according to Member for Rodney Paul Weller.
Member for Rodney Paul Weller has welcomed a $2.4 million regional partnership project to boost participation in tertiary education in the Loddon Mallee region.
Mr Weller said the Victorian Government had committed $1 million from round two of the $20 million Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund to support the Partnerships for Participation project.
‘‘La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus will lead the project, which will also involve Bendigo TAFE and this will benefit local Rodney Electorate students,’’ Mr Weller said.
Mr Weller said the initiative would significantly improve tertiary pathways by ensuring greater support and advice was provided for senior school students at more than 30 schools across the region.
‘‘A key part of this project will be the development of the Pathways Education Hub, where year 10, 11 and 12 students will be able to access targeted advice on the education options that are open to them,’’ he said.
‘‘There will also be increased emphasis on agriculture and early childhood studies, because these are skills that are in high demand in the Loddon Mallee region.
‘‘Students will be able to move from school to TAFE and university in these subject areas in a much more flexible way, ensuring that those who are interested in gaining further qualifications can access the training they are looking for.’’
Mr Weller said about 25 students were expected to enrol in La Trobe University’s revitalised agriculture and early childhood learning programs in Bendigo in the project’s initial intakes in 2014, with an expected 65 enrolments by mid-2015.
‘‘The Partnerships for Participation project was one of 15 successful projects to share in $20 million in RPFF funding and with a total value of $41.5 million, all 15 RPFF projects have made excellent progress so far,’’ he said.
‘‘Over the next three years we expect more than 2500 enrolments in higher education qualifications across all 48 of our regional local government areas.’’
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