RMIT is bringing together career and course advice with job-ready activities to offer a complete service, delivered where vocational students learn.
Officially opened recently by the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert, the RMIT Skills and Job Centre is a first point-of-call for students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill, unemployed workers needing support for retraining and work placement for employers.
Martin Bean CBE, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, said RMIT gratefully acknowledged the support of the minister and the State Government in making the centre possible.
“It’s an initiative that’s a great fit with our commitment to prepare our students for life and work, and to open up our education to people from all backgrounds,” he said.
“It also complements our 129-year-old mission to bring the talents of our staff and students together with industry, to meet the needs of a rapidly transforming economy.”
At the centre, RMIT careers advisors help prospective students identify their existing skills and interests and how these relate to the job market.
This includes study options and pathways at RMIT, pathways into employment or liaison with other networks to provide tailored advice that suits student needs. Advisors also help with resume writing and job search skills.
Combined with industry networking forums and presentations, the centre’s operations provide a place to talk directly to employers about their workforce needs.
At the recent opening, Steve Herbert also announced that RMIT was successful in the latest Community Service funding round, receiving a $1.2 million boost.
“RMIT plays an important role in training and educating locals and we’re making sure it has the resources it needs to provide that quality training,” Herbert said.
Activities to be covered by the funding include the Indigenous Tertiary Access Program, as well as ongoing training into niche markets.
RMIT’s Indigenous Tertiary Access Program – to be developed and delivered by the University’s Ngarara Willim Centre – will improve educational pathways across both the university and VET sectors for Indigenous Victorians.
It will support early school leavers, mature age students and other Indigenous people experiencing disadvantage or difficulty in accessing education or training due to where they live or previous negative experiences.
The Skills and Job Centre is located at Building 70, 39-49 Cardigan Street, Carlton.
Story: Gosia Kaszubska