To ensure there is strong industry leadership of the training system, the Victorian Government funds a network of industry bodies which are experts on the training needs and delivery in their particular industries
The TFIA works in partnership with the TCFUA (Victorian Branch) to form the TCF&L Industry Advisory Body which reports to Skills Victoria on issues relating to the vocational education and training needs of the Victorian Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Leather sector.
The Skills Victoria Corporate website provides further details about the industry bodies network.
The ITAB Market Effectiveness Report is an annual report prepared by a consultant on behalf of the Higher Education and Skills Group (HESG) that provides industry advice on training market successes and failures, a labour market outlook and analysis of skills needs at industry level, including occupations in demand and critical skills shortages for each of the sixteen Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB) industry groupings in Victoria.
As our economy changes, work opportunities change with it. In Victoria, industries are developing and transitioning, and new industries are emerging. As a result, the skills required for occupations are changing.
A good understanding of the world of work and what skills will be in demand in the future will help all participants in the education and training market plan for the future.
Career opportunities in the TCF&L sector are varied - from raw materials processing, synthetic fibre production and textile making, through to fashion design, patternmaking, manufacturing and promotion. There are opportunities to start hands on at production level, as a trade apprentice or as a tertiary graduate.