Access to Educational Opportunity in Melbourne's West
Training courses may be available, but they have increased significantly in cost and are often not able to be accessed by the people who need them. This can partially be alleviated by better public transport services, thereby improving the physical accessibility of university and college campuses for people living and learning in Melbourne’s west.
Improving Internet access for people in Melbourne’s west is also essential for education and skills development. High speed broadband is urgently needed. Ubiquitous high speed broadband will provide a way to build the capacity of our region’s teachers, students, and the wider community through increased learning opportunities and choices.
Some areas within Melbourne’s west currently lack choice in primary and secondary education. More private and specialist public schools are required to attract and retain more people in the region with higher education and professional skills.
Access to opportunities for vocational education and training is vital to economic prosperity in Melbourne’s west. There is evidence that substantial benefits from vocational education and training accrue to individuals and the region’s economy and society.
The communities of Melbourne’s west, both employers and workers—particularly those individuals with special needs and low socio-economic status—have long looked to the public TAFE providers for tailored training to meet their needs. With increasing private sector provision of vocational education and training, there needs to be accurate information on the quality and effectiveness of different types of providers. There is a need to facilitate access to vocational educational opportunity by providing effective ‘pathway navigation’ assistance to the communities of Melbourne’s west.
There is significant opportunity in site selection for schools and other educational facilities to leverage government investments in educational facilities. Investment in infrastructure supporting education can also be used to support population health and wellbeing. Reform of planning restrictions on developments outside the urban growth boundary may make it easier for schools to plan new campuses and sporting facilities that would cater for our region’s population growth.
Our region enjoys improving opportunities presented by a range of quality education providers, including:
Local governments in the region also encourage lifelong learning. For example:
- The Brimbank Community Learning Strategy recognises that lifelong learning begins at birth and includes action plans focused on each life phase – early years; school years; youth; adult years; and seniors.
- Melton Shire Council's Community Learning Plan outlines the strategies and goals to be undertaken by theShire of Melton Community Learning Board.
- Wyndham City Council has released its Wyndham Community Learning Strategy which emphasises strategic learning opportunities for Wyndham residents from the cradle to the grave.
LeadWest's Western Agenda details some of the ways in which we are helping to raise education and skill levels in the Melbourne's west.
To learn more about the targets, priority actions and responsibilities for improving Education and Skills in Melbourne’s west, please download a copy of the Western Agenda (links below).
If you would like to discuss Education and Skills with LeadWest, please contact us.
|Feb 18, 2013||Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 1||5.39 MB|
|Feb 18, 2013||Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 2||8.14 MB|