Participation in Education in Melbourne's West
Melbourne’s west is home to students who are talented and full of raw potential. However, Year 12 outcomes in the region are around 40 per cent lower than those of many of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. This does not mean that young people in Melbourne’s west have less abilities—it just means they have had fewer opportunities. Closing these gaps in educational achievement is incredibly important to the future of the region.
Some of the region’s young people do not complete secondary education, with retention rates in Melbourne’s west that are relatively lower than the other metropolitan regions of Melbourne. This situation is improving, however education stakeholders in Melbourne’s west would benefit from access to research data and analyses that could better guide them in designing and implementing local strategies and facilities aimed at achieving improved school retention rates. Better school retention rates will in turn assist in reducing the unacceptably high youth unemployment rates in parts of the region.
We also face a need to provide lifelong training for mature aged residents, to ensure that their skills stay current with industry needs and are transferable over the years to different industry sectors, thus assisting transitions through structural adjustment in our economy.
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|