An innovative program at Melbourne Polytechnic will receive $2.5 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get 1200 people skilled up for jobs in the growing health care sector.

The Labor Government’s funding will allow Melbourne Polytechnic to work with health care providers to focus on areas where there are skills gaps and develop training which leads to jobs.

The $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund is part of a $350 million funding boost to the TAFE system, delivered in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. This is in addition to the $20 million fast-tracked to secure the financial future of seven struggling TAFEs that were on the brink of collapse.

The Fund will support projects that allow TAFE institutes to provide training that leads to jobs by working in partnership with local industries, including those identified by the Government’s Back to Work Plan to create 100,000 jobs.

The Back to Work Scheme provides financial assistance to businesses which hire eligible young people aged 15-24 who have been looking for work for three months or more, out-of-trade apprentices, retrenched workers or someone who has been looking for work for 12 months or more.