Victoria University and Council enter into new partnership
Victoria University (VU) and Melton City Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a commitment to help improve education, employment and well-being outcomes for residents of the town of Melton and West Melbourne.
VU Vice Chancellor and President Professor Adam Shoemaker and Melton Cr City Mayor Kathy Majdlik signed the deal at an online event this week.
Under the MOU, the Council and the VU will collaborate on the following commitments, subject to the availability of funding and resources:
- Increase aspirations and improve educational attainment (such as understanding barriers that impact participation in post-secondary education and training; promoting engagement with VU skills and education programs; promoting engagement with the AVID school program)
- Support employment and post-COVID-19 economic recovery (such as initiatives that help local businesses and organizations recover from post-COVID-19; support disproportionately affected cohorts (e.g., youth, women) to access jobs, including through new training, retraining or development opportunities; providing digital literacy and literacy / numeracy programs for the CALD community)
- Building community capacity and social cohesion (such as applied research in health and community services; training on gender equity and / or cultural diversity in local sports clubs; venue-based community building events )
- Support the local indigenous community towards self-determination and educational opportunities (such as understanding the educational needs of the indigenous community and implementing strategies to meet them; engagement in VU RISE, “Addressing Aboriginal Disadvantage” program)
- Identify future workforce, education and training needs (such as understanding the education and training needs of new and emerging industries in the Town of Melton and identifying programs that support industry capacity building and local job creation, for example, the new Melton Hospital, Western Intermodal Freight Terminal, Paramedic and Child Care / Early Childhood Education; planning solutions to overcome barriers to education and training identified by research or workforce analysis)
- Joint advocacy opportunities (such as future vocational and higher education opportunities)
The Mayor of the Town of Melton, Cr Kathy Majdlik, said the partnership would provide great opportunities for a wide range of people in and around the town of Melton.
“This is a very important partnership for the future of the Town of Melton and one that we are really proud to be joining,” said Cr Majdlik.
“Together, the Council and the University of Victoria will work to improve employment, education and community well-being outcomes for westerners.
“Everyone in our community should feel that higher education and vocational training are not only great aspirations, but that they are very achievable.
“With major projects expected to create many jobs in the Town of Melton in the future, there is no better time to plan for training and education opportunities. We want to make sure people in the West are ready and able to pursue the careers that are best for them.
“Thank you to Victoria University for this continued commitment to our community and their educational activities. “
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said he was pleased to see VU and the Council making these joint commitments on education.
“We honor our roots in West Melbourne and working collaboratively with our partners, like the City of Melton, to benefit the region and the communities we serve is a shared commitment,” said Mr. Shoemaker.
“In particular, this Memorandum of Understanding allows us to collectively identify and pursue priorities for progressive change in the region and help it realize its full potential.
“This commitment aligns with VU’s new 2022-2028 strategic plan, which strongly emphasizes partnership with the principle and protection of the country. The strategy is underpinned by the VU values - always welcoming, ethical, shaping the future, together. “