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Skills Imperative in Melbourne's west

Education systems in our region—the pre-school, primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational, and adult education systems—need to equip the people of our region with the skills to succeed in constantly changing and competitive circumstances.

As pointed out by Victoria University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins, in this era of globalisation and rapid technological change there has been a reduction of the share of work going to unskilled workers in Australia, making it hard for those without tertiary education to have successful and fulfilling lives.

Since children from lower socio-economic backgrounds tend to be less successful in their educational attainment, this has raised the importance of improving educational outcomes for students from low socio-economic backgrounds, both on the grounds of equity and also to promote the strength of the economy.

Melbourne’s west needs to be a region populated by people who possess the skills that are required by businesses now and into the future. Our human capital will be our competitive advantage.

At present a skills shortage experienced by firms in Melbourne’s west is evidenced by many having to draw employees from outside the region, with consequent added demand on our region’s transport system and economic leakage. Yet Melbourne’s outer western suburbs continue to experience relatively higher levels of unemployment, especially youth unemployment.

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.

Date Name File Size
Feb 18, 2013 Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 1 5.39 MB
Feb 18, 2013 Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 2 8.14 MB