Mr Neil Coulson was appointed as the first Victorian Skills Commissioner (VSC) in December 2015.
This independent role signalled a new direction in how industry would engage with the training system. The VSC works with employers, unions and government to better align training with the needs of the Victorian industry and economy. This will ensure the training requirements of students and employers are met, and that skills outcomes support the Government’s economic objectives for productivity and growth.
On Monday 27 November 2017, the Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon Gayle Tierney MP, launched the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce report. The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce, chaired by the Victorian Skills Commissioner Mr Neil Coulson, was established to examine opportunities and current barriers to the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria The report […]
Future skilling requirements and industry growth and trends topped the agenda at a targeted metropolitan roundtable in Bundoora on 2 August. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney and Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson hosted the roundtable which was designed to gather intelligence on industry and skilling needs in Metropolitan Melbourne. More than 20 industry […]
Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson and Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney hosted a targeted roundtable in Warrnambool on 28 July to discuss industry and skills in the Great South Coast region. More than 25 industry leaders converged at South West TAFE to examine growth and change in the region, barriers and opportunities to […]
Skills shortages and workforce training needs topped the agenda at the third Mallee Regional Skills Taskforce meeting in Robinvale on 26 July. Prominent Mallee business leaders and local council representatives met with the Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson to discuss the unique training and skills requirements of the region, workforce pressures and future industry growth […]
On 25 July, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson joined Federal Assistant Minister Karen Andrews and Box Hill Institute’s Chief Executive Officer Norman Gray on a discussion panel as part of the CEDA event, Skilling Australia: future directions for VET. The panel examined the Federal Government’s new commitments to vocational education and training, including the new […]
On 21 July, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson joined industry leaders on a panel as part of the Victorian TAFE Association’s 2017 state conference. The panel discussion was facilitated by ABC Melbourne radio presenter Lindy Burns and addressed the topic, TAFE at the heart of community prosperity. LH Martin Institute’s Associate Professor Ruth Schubert and […]
On 14 July, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson addressed more than 150 Wodonga TAFE staff at the institution’s annual professional development day. Facilitated by ABC Melbourne radio presenter Lindy Burns, the event was designed to bring campus staff together to share ideas and knowledge. During Mr Coulson’s keynote address he updated the audience on the […]
Our new Industry Engagement Framework provides a structured way for industry, unions and employers to inform and engage with the training system in Victoria.
ALIGNING TRAINING WITH INDUSTRY NEEDS
The Victorian Government is committed to working with industry, unions and expert bodies to ensure Victoria’s Government-funded training system best serves the needs of the economy.
The Government has also committed to reforming the training system to recognise the importance of industry, employers and students – to ensure that students gain the skills they need for real jobs, which in turn boosts industry productivity.