$1m boost to fill skills gap

Program involves training to improve skills for jobs in region

FOOD production and agriculture are two areas of vital importance for people making the move to the Goulburn Valley for training and employment purposes

FOOD production and agriculture are two areas of vital importance for people making the move to the Goulburn Valley for training and employment purposes, the Minister for Higher Education and Skills announced in Euroa last week.

The $1 million Goulburn Valley Skills Initiative and the Goulburn Valley Skills Fund was announced by Minister Nick Wakeling at the Euroa Butter Factory on Wednesday.

The funding program will involve training providers and industry working hand in hand to improve skills and employment outcomes in the community.

With the equine industry experiencing a boom in the Strathbogie Shire, courses held at Wangaratta’s GOTAFE campus, which include equine dentistry, horse breeding and racing are ideal for those shire residents interested in the field.

These courses could grow, with Mr Wakeling hoping to introduce courses specific to farriers, handlers and strappers.

Mr Wakeling said the Goulburn Valley was well-placed to provide essential education and training for Victorian residents.

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