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Skilling the Bay forum

Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson delivered the key note address to more than 120 delegates at the Skilling the Bay forum in Geelong on 26 August.
The forum was designed to raise awareness of the current state of employment and skills in the region, showcase the achievements of a diverse range of programs and initiatives and facilitate discussion about genuine collaboration in the region.

In his speech, Mr Coulson addressed some of the challenges in the VET system including skills shortages, a lack of suitable qualifications, short-duration training and a disconnect between industry training packages and pathways to employment.

To assist in overcoming these challenges, Mr Coulson spoke about his work engaging with industry through the new Industry Engagement Framework which will ensure genuine industry input into the VET system from key stakeholders.

Mr Coulson also spoke about his role in developing Victoria’s first Funded Course List which will be progressively reviewed to ensure it comprises courses that provide real pathways to employment.

Delegates from government, corporate and community sectors as well as industry and delivery partners attended the event which was praised by organisers as a “successful event”.

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