Baillieu’s Cuts To Impact Monbulk College

The Baillieu Government’s decision to cut coordination funding for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program will limit the options of young people in Monbulk.

The Baillieu government’s decision to cut $12 million a year from the successful VCAL program would have a direct impact on students.

In a recent visit to Monbulk College, the Shadow Education Minister Rob Hulls said “Mr Baillieu and his Education Minister Martin Dixon have said these massive cuts won’t make any difference, but the fact is Monbulk College will struggle to find the funds to continue the VCAL program.”

“Without this funding, other areas of the school budget may need to be trimmed such as reducing the number of teachers, cutting down on subjects, or cutting support programs in areas such as literacy.”

Mr Hulls said VCAL Coordinators were essential in developing curriculum and assessment materials, developing partnerships with local employment networks as well as coordinating student administration.

“VCAL provides students with an alternative to VCE, and a pathway to a career,” he said.

“Not every student goes to university, and VCAL prepares students for the next step in their lives, whether that’s in further education, training or employment.

Monbulk College runs one of the most highly regarded VCAL programs in the state and has won a number of excellence awards, with student Jessica Brown recently receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award for Foundation VCAL from the Education Minister.

It is the height of hypocrisy for Mr Dixon to present students like Jessica with a VCAL excellence award and then turn around and slash funding for VCAL.

Mr Baillieu needs to visit Monbulk College to see first hand why young people in this region need alternative education and training to ensure they have the opportunity to enter a traineeship, apprenticeship or attend university.