Baillieu’s Cuts To VCAL To Impact Students In Kilmore
Job training for students at Assumption College in Kilmore is at risk because of the Baillieu Government’s cuts to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Shadow Regional Minister Jacinta Allan said today.
Visiting the school today, Ms Allan said the Baillieu Government had slashed $48 million for coordinators who were integral to the success of the state-wide program.
“Cutting VCAL will impact students in the Kilmore region, where there is significant demand for trades and training certificates amongst young school-leavers,” Ms Allan said.
“Not every student goes to university, and VCAL prepares students for the next step in their lives, whether that’s further education, training or employment.
“VCAL is a great alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and if Mr Baillieu had bothered to visit schools like Assumption College before making this cut, he would have realised how valuable coordinators are to the program.
“Without funding for coordinators, schools may have to trim other areas of their budgets to ensure VCAL is available.”
Ms Allan said young Victorians needed an alternative to VCE to ensure they had the opportunity to enter a traineeship, apprenticeship or attend university.
“By cutting alterative pathways like VCAL, Mr Baillieu is forcing education to be a one-size-fits-all system,” she said.
“Mr Baillieu needs to explain how slashing funding to VCAL will assist students in Kilmore access training and jobs.
“I’d urge Mr Bailleu to rethink this decision and support students in Kilmore by reinstating funding for VCAL.