The Victorian Government has announced it will invest $4.3 billion into regional Victoria to provide reliable roads and education.
These include Certificate IV/Diploma in Building and Construction, Certificate III in Civil Engineering and Certificate IV in Engineering.
The budget includes $304 million to open new classes and create more than 30,000 new training places, with $120 million going towards upgrading TAFE campuses in Bendigo, Morwell and Sale.
Head Start Apprenticeship and Traineeships have also been announced, which aim to give young people the ability to transition into a trade straight out of school. Students will be given the option to undertake an additional year of high school and graduate with an apprenticeship or traineeship in a high growth or demand industry.
Regional roads will undergo one of the state’s biggest maintenance blitz according to the Victorian Government, with $941 million invested into fixing hundreds of regional roads and establishing a dedicated country roads body, Regional Roads Victoria in Ballarat.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the budget would deliver new skills, good jobs, more schools and better roads.
“It’s an investment in the projects that regional Victoria needs and the people we need to deliver them,” Mr Andrews said.