Baillieu Government Cuts to VCAL

The Baillieu government has slashed $48 million from the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Coordinators program leaving many students at risk of missing out on learning practical skills. VCAL is a great alternative to VCE and provides senior students with the practical skills they need to succeed in life after school.

VCAL provides students with related work experience, literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to develop personal skills to prepare them for further education, training or employment. It was started by the former Labor Government in 2002 and is now undertaken by about 20,000 students at more than 400 schools, TAFEs and adult learning centres.

Many local schools in the northern suburbs will be affected by these cuts. It’s obvious education and skills training are not a priority for the Baillieu Government.

Pictured, on the 17 November 2011, Jenny was the keynote speaker at the Whittlesea Youth Commitment Spirit of Cooperation Recognition and Celebration event. The Whittlesea Youth Commitment work to ensure that youth in Whittlesea are provided with every opportunity to complete year 12 or its equivalent in training and employment. The event noted the importance of VCAL to providing young people with educational choices and also celebrated the renewal of the 3 year agreement between the City of Whittlesea, RMIT University and Hume Whittlesea LLEN, and other stakeholders. Pictured here with Jenny are the Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio and Chair of the Whittlesea Youth Commitment, Cr John Fry.