Announcement | Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF)

Pictured: Westvic CEO Dean Luciani, General Manager Leanne Parker, The Minister for Skills and Training Gayle Tierney and ATEP General Manager David Bell   

Announcement | Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF)

The Minister for Training and Skills, the Honourable Gayle Tierney MLC, announced that Westvic-ATEP have been successful in the Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) application, at Café 263 at Carrum Downs Secondary College on Wednesday 10 October 2018.

Also, in attendance was Sonya Kilkenny, Member for Carrum, Westvic CEO, Dean Luciani, David Bell, ATEP General Manager, Leanne Parker, Westvic General Manager Central Highlands Region, and invited guests.

The Minister referred to the Prep for Work (P4W) project as “a fantastic initiative”, something that has never been done before. Speaking afterwards with a number of students, the Minister was able to learn further about projects students are currently involved in first hand.

Westvic Staffing Solutions / ATEP CEO, Dean Luciani said he was “delighted with the level of State Government support for the project. This is a clear example of a Minister and Government that value innovation in the VET sector and are willing to fund it”.

The P4W Project offers the opportunity for unemployed/underemployed and/or disadvantaged participants to further develop their skills in a controlled environment. Delivered in conjunction with: Chisholm Institute, Box Hill Institute, Bendigo Kangan Institute and Federation University in south-east metro and Ballarat Central Highlands region.

They will deliver accredited entry level pre-apprenticeship training for 2 days per week at Certificate 2 level across Horticulture, Agriculture, Engineering & Automotive. This program will support approximately 168 students over two years.

P4W will transport students from a pick-up point to the training venue. Not just transport, the bus will be a “mobile learning centre” where students will participate in: soft skill activities, experience guest speakers, one-on-one discussions with future employers in the region, and undertake soft skilled Micro-Credentialing.

P4W will provide students with work rotations during the pre-apprenticeship for 3 weeks with each student attending 3 different employers. This is an innovation, a new service provided during entry level pre-apprenticeship training.

Westvic-ATEP, in collaboration with key partners, will place students into apprenticeships with local employers.