Helping workers in Melbourne’s north

La Trobe University's highly successful 17-week Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) is offering a tailored program to meet the needs of industry for workers in Melbourne's north who are dealing with redundancies from companies such as Ford and Woolworths.

Due to start with its first intake of 40 industry participants in late August, the program is being offered in association with Kangan Institute and Hume City Council's Multiversity initiative.
 
It will ensure workers facing retrenchment have the knowledge and skills they need to be able to make choices regarding future employment or further study at Higher Education or VET level.
 
La Trobe Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, said the University has a strong commitment to the welfare and sustainable growth of its local communities.

'Rolling out this tailored industry version of our widely regarded TEP program – which for the past 25 years has changed the lives of hundreds of people – is part of that commitment,' he said.
 
'It has helped those without formal qualifications gain a pathway to further education by developing their academic skills and confidence in a supportive environment.'

Free opportunity

State Member for Broadmeadows, Mr Frank McGuire MP, said he was encouraging companies in the north which have announced redundancies to offer this opportunity to workers.

'The course is free and will ensure local workers are provided with the opportunity they deserve to retrain and get back into the workforce.

'It offers them a "second chance" to access further education and improve their employment choices,' he said.
 
Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Hume Multiversity has positively changed the lives of many residents.  

'We are one of the only Councils in Australia to offer tertiary courses, and our state-of-the-art global learning centres enable residents to study close to home,' Cr Atmaca said.
 
'Hume City Council has embarked on a number of initiatives to support retrenched workers, and I encourage people to consider how Hume Multiversity could open up new opportunities.
 
'This tailored course will leverage on the existing TEP courses that have been offered under the Hume Multiversity initiative. The TEP has been incredibly popular with local residents and has achieved some wonderful results.'
 
TEP was recognised last year by being awarded a Hume City Council Teachers' Scholarship award (Open Category Scholarship winner).
 
People seeking to access the program should contact Fiona Elgin on Tel (02) 6024 9784 or Email F.Elgin@latrobe.edu.au

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