Educating tomorrow's workforce. A tertiary TAFE learning environment locally.
Young people living within the municipality have no local access to tertiary education and vocational learning.
Both the Federal and State Governments have identified vocational education and training as key drivers for boosting the economy and employment.
Yet these programs are not available within the City of Melton, and young people experience significant barriers to accessing opportunities in other areas.
Melton City Council calls on the State and Federal Governments to deliver TAFE and tertiary education within the City of Melton.
- Funding for a business case that incorporates a needs analysis and scopes the facilities required to provide contemporary, inclusive and accessible tertiary and TAFE education in the City of Melton
- Funding to delivering tertiary education within the municipality that may include a multi-varsity Global Learning Hub model.
- Fund TAFE to deliver programs including early childhood, aged care and education support to fill existing skills gap
- Fund new programs and services that provide young people at risk of educational disengagement.
A model for delivery
There is a strong correlation between career success and education and training. The majority of the jobs growth projected for our municipality will require post-secondary qualifications including VET, university or TAFE. In the next 10 years, the number of 15-19 year olds living within the City of Melton will increase from 10,685 to 19,152 in 2029. That’s an increase of 79 per cent. By 2051, this will increase further to 34,881. Since the closure of the Victoria University’s (VU) Melton campus in 2010, there has not been any tertiary presence within the City, forcing residents to travel for both TAFE and University.
Melton City Council is seeking a business case that outlines the skills required in the future for the municipality and surrounding region. This may include a Global Learning Hub model for on-demand higher education delivery and clear learning and skill development pathways.
Tertiary education has experienced a level of shift to online learning and micro-credentialing, therefore the business case may consider an overview of online versus classroom, self-directed, experiential learning, and demonstrate the cost benefit analysis for each.
In addition, it should provide a campus life experience and consider Recognition of Prior Learning as an equitable path to gaining qualifications. In particular the process for equalisation of international qualifications for our skilled migrants would be beneficial.
Despite being one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia, jobs growth in the City of Melton is not keeping up with population growth.
State-Wide Victorian Integrated Transport Modelling (S-VITM) indicates that the City of Melton currently has the lowest rate of employment per household in the Melbourne metropolitan area, at 0.61 jobs. This is less than half the average of 1.33 jobs per household.
As population growth in the municipality outstrips growth in employment opportunities, jobs per household are expected to be reduced to 0.59 by 2031, whilst metropolitan Melbourne will increase to 1.39 over the same period.
The March 2019 ABS Census of Population and Housing revealed the unemployment rate for all Melton residents to be 6.7 per cent. In comparison, the unemployment rate for young people aged 15 to 24 years was 17.1 per cent.
The Australian Jobs publication demonstrates that employment is linked to post-secondary education and that most of the future projected jobs growth is in occupation groups (including managers, professionals, technicians and trades workers, and community and personal service workers) that require higher skills.
The biggest barrier to further education is access, and the absence of a local delivery of TAFE and tertiary education greatly impacts students that are prone to disengagement.