Victorian Government to offer infection control training

The training will be a mixture of online and workplace learning and involve up to 25 contact hours.

Workers across the state will receive free accredited training to help them manage the ongoing risk of coronavirus infection in their workplace and keep the state open for business.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney, announced up to $10 million in funding to boost Victoria’s economic recovery through a national infection control skill set project, in partnership with the Commonwealth.

The project will deliver free short courses to workers in customer-facing roles in areas such as retail, food handling, transport and logistics, to ensure they can help their business operate safely.

The training will be a mixture of online and workplace learning and involve up to 25 contact hours, to ensure students can implement infection control procedures effectively.

“This training will help protect Victorian workers, enabling them to put in place best infection control practices to continue serving their customers and keep them safe,” Tierney  said.

Enrolments will open at Victorian TAFEs and other providers from 1 July, and training under the program will be available for a year.

The Victorian Government’s investment in the project is in addition to its $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package.

It comes as Victoria recorded 20 new coronavirus cases overnight, seven of which are linked to known outbreaks. The new cases mark the eighth straight day of double-digit increases for the state.

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