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TAFE Tribulations

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<p><img width="900" height="596" src="https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/plumbingtraining_X.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></p>Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 17 March 2021 Our bold plan for TasTAFE The Tasmanian Liberal Government is taking action to build a bolder TasTAFE which is fit for purpose, industry-specific and offers training specific to the outcomes required. We will do this by adopting PESRAC’s recommendation to transform TasTAFE […]

Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 17 March 2021

Our bold plan for TasTAFE

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is taking action to build a bolder TasTAFE which is fit for purpose, industry-specific and offers training specific to the outcomes required.

We will do this by adopting PESRAC’s recommendation to transform TasTAFE into the independent government institution it needs to be to best serve the next generation of young people and jobseekers.

It will deliver more teachers and more delivery in our regions, contemporary, fit for purpose facilities, more training options, better pay for skilled teachers and flexible hours.

Tasmanians want this change, industry want this change, business want this change and it appears the only people that don’t are the anti-skills, anti-jobs Labor party.

The fact remains that Labor has no credibility when it comes to TasTAFE after running it to the ground and leaving it with millions of dollars in debt.

It took a Liberal Government to rebuild the mess and TasTAFE is now in a stronger position than ever before.

But now it’s time to take the next steps in TasTAFE’s evolution.

The Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania’s CEO Luke Martin said “As an industry we welcome the commitment to reform TasTAFE, which is effectively the reform model our industry sought for Drysdale two-years ago, now being applied across the whole institute”.

The National Disability Services (NDS) said “… if TasTAFE being re-established as a government business means it will be more agile in responding to the needs of industry, it is certainly welcome.”

And the TasCOSS CEO, Ms Picone said “…we strongly welcome investment in TasTAFE and look forward to working with them to address the demand for an expanded community services workforce”.

While the Labor party said when the PESRAC interim report was released that the Government must act on the recommendations to achieve the best result for Tasmanians, at their first test, they reject the most overwhelmingly supported recommendation.

TasTAFE must have the autonomy and the workforce flexibility to continuously align its training offering with evolving workforce needs.

It also needs the financial capacity and flexibility to invest in and manage infrastructure best suited to deliver contemporary training.

It is imperative that we do this, otherwise we will deny Tasmanians the opportunity to receive the skills and training that they need to achieve a better life, and secure Tasmania’s future.


Media release – Australian Education Union, 17 March 2021

Education Union launches campaign to stop TAFE privatisation

The Australian Education Union has launched a campaign to support TasTAFE and stop the privatisation of TAFE proposed by the Tasmanian Liberal Government.

“Tasmania’s public TAFE delivers high quality training and education with the highest student satisfaction rates and top apprentice completion rates nationally,” said Simon Bailey, AEU Tasmania TAFE President.

“The Liberal Government’s case for privatisation is a disaster for Tasmania based on myths and mistakes.”

A petition has been launched online at: www.megaphone.org.au/p/TasTAFE

The petition demands the Tasmanian Liberal Government withdraw their TasTAFE privatisation plan and sit down with hardworking TasTAFE teachers and support staff to hear how we can rebuild Tasmania’s economy with TAFE training and education leading the way.

“As a TasTAFE teacher, I work closely with local industry to deliver the training and education they need in a workforce. For years I’ve pushed TasTAFE management to deliver the courses demanded by students and employers and I’ve sat down with government to discuss how TasTAFE can provide flexible training options.”

“If there is a block to delivering additional training spots, or a lack of flexibility to meet employers’ needs, it comes from the government or TasTAFE management, not teachers or the fact we are proudly public and not-for-profit.”

“Deliberate underfunding from governments has already resulted in TAFE courses being cut and smaller regional communities and businesses losing quality training options.”

“Our TAFE needs more government investment, not the Liberal Party’s privatisation plan that will shift costs to students and employers, delay economic recovery and diminish training and education.”

Similar TAFE privatisation plans in South Australia resulted in the closure of multiple regional campuses and large job losses.

“TasTAFE teachers and support staff understand the needs of their industries and students. We know how important we are to Tasmania’s economic recovery.”

“Instead of working together to ensure Tasmanians have the training and skills for our COVID-19 recovery, the Tasmanian Liberal Government has declared war on TAFE teachers and support staff with an ideological privatisation plan that will only delay economic recovery.”


Media release – Peter Gutwein, Premier & Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 16 March 2021

Building a bolder TasTAFE

TasTAFE is in a stronger position than ever before, and since coming to Government we have paid off Labor’s debt, invested $41.8 million in new facilities and seen TAFE awarded 7 years accreditation.

Thanks to TAFE’s hard work, Tasmania has the highest apprentice and trainee completions rates in Australia, and TAFE students were awarded Australia’s Apprentice of the Year and Vocational Student of the Year late last year.

It is now time to take the next steps in TAFE’s evolution.

One of the strongest themes in PESRAC is the critical role of skills in building recovery in Tasmania and TasTAFE’s central role in this.

We know that our construction sector has a pipeline of work and we are training more Tasmanians as tradies, apprentices and trainees.

To align training with our workforce needs, PESRAC notes TasTAFE must be given autonomy and workforce flexibility. The Government agrees.

The consultation by PESRAC shows overwhelming support for TAFE’s greater operational flexibility to ensure training meets the expectations of industry.

That’s why we agree with PESRAC that TasTAFE must have the autonomy and the workforce flexibility to continuously align its training offering with evolving workforce needs.

It also needs the financial capacity and flexibility to invest in and manage infrastructure best suited to deliver contemporary training.

PESRAC’s recommendation is that the most effective way of achieving the flexibility and agility required, is to make TasTAFE an independent government business.

This gives TasTAFE the tools and resources that other public trading enterprises have including a modern and fit for purpose industrial relations framework.

Under the Fair Work Act of 2009 no teacher or staff member will be disadvantaged by this move.

Through this model the public will have a clearer view of TasTAFE, how it aligns to government priorities to address industry and how it will support emerging business needs.

We have a growing economy, and there are local jobs to be had.

We have emerging industries with new jobs on the horizon, and we must act now to make sure Tasmanians have the best access to industry-endorsed training that is fit for purpose.

It’s time to take action and build a bolder TasTAFE with a smart approach to delivering hands-on training through courses that best equip Tasmanians to gain a job.


 

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/03/tafe-tribulations/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tafe-tribulations

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