TAFE Media Stories 31 May 2012
TAFE Victoria faces $100m in cuts
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 31/05/2012. Reporter: Hamish Fitzsimmons
TAFE colleges in Victoria have been hit by $100 million of budget cuts and say the most vulnerable in the community will be affected.
Transcript (AUDIO available at above URL)
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: TAFE colleges in Victoria are bracing for harsh times after the Baillieu Government announced $100 million worth of cuts, with hundreds of jobs and courses likely to be lost in the wake of the recent budget.
The State Government says it's tailoring TAFE to industry needs, but regional communities, teachers and students say it's targeting the most vulnerable in the community.
Hamish Fitzsimmons reports
TAFEs and funding a dilemma
May 31st, 2012
FOR years, those concerned with vocational education and training have worried about how to lift the public profile of TAFEs. BRENDAN SHEEHAN, LEESA WHEELAHAN explore a pressing issue ....
What has taken many years for some without much success the Baillieu Government has done in a matter of weeks.
The State Government's cuts to TAFE in the May Budget have put vocational training front and centre of public attention; all the while demonstrating a surprisingly deep well of public regard for these educational institutions.
VIDEO link: Geelong Rally for TAFE
More than 1200 people rallied in Geelong to protest against the State Government's cuts to the TAFE sector. http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news or http://video.news.com.au/2240924549/Rally-for-TAFE#.T8dFF8uoCPw.facebook
Minister meets with Ballarat university reps over TAFE cuts
BY TOM MCILROY, 31 May, 2012 11:59 PM
UNIVERSITY of Ballarat representatives yesterday told Federal Skills Minister Chris Evans proposed TAFE cuts would have a devastating impact on the community.
Yesterday in Melbourne, Mr Evans met with education unions and TAFE teachers affected by the Victorian government’s proposed $300 million cuts, which he said would seemore than 550 Victorian jobs lost by July.
Training cuts threat to 7000 jobs
JOHN ROSS and ANDREW TROUNSON, June 01, 2012 12:00AM
ALMOST 7000 jobs will be lost in Victoria and $400 million cut from vocational training in the wake of the state government budget cuts, projections from private and public colleges show.
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training has warned that its members would shed up to 20 per cent or 4800 of their 24,000-strong Victorian workforce as a result of last month's cuts.
Kangan TAFE closure of Diploma Auslan course
deafaccess Gippsland Media Release - 31 May 2012
Kangan TAFE recently announced that it would close Victoria’s only remaining Diploma Auslan course.
From deafaccess Gippsland’s perspective this is a further blow following the cancellation of the Diploma Auslan course at GippsTAFE Morwell.
Leader of the Opposition’s Web Site – Media Release
Geelong Rally Makes It Clear – Cuts To TAFE Not Okay
Nearly a thousand students and teachers in Geelong today sent a clear message to Premier Ted Baillieu that his funding cuts to TAFEs are hurting the region and will have serious consequences into the future, Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships Steve Herbert said.
A range of union and student groups today held a rally at The Gordon Institute of TAFE – one of a series of rallies to be held across the state against the $290 million cuts to TAFEs by the Baillieu Government.
Geelong fury over TAFE cutbacks
The BAILLIEU government has ripped $300-million from the TAFE budget in a move that will cost thousands of teaching and admin jobs, force the scrapping of hundreds of courses and see the cost of training soar.
Much of the money will be diverted to private sector providers, which have been heavily criticised for providing sub-standard training and for running courses in only the most lucrative of fields.
Geelong’s Gordon TAFE has already announced course closures and dozens of jobs are expected to go.
The Education Union's MARY BLUETT says it's a huge blow,especially given the pressure already on jobs in Geelong:
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The rally was also addressed by the mayor, councillor John Mitchell.
Vocational training concerns
BY NIKITA VAZ, 31 May, 2012 12:00 AM
CONCERNS over the future of Gippsland's vocational training sector were raised by education providers at an annual Australian College of Educators meeting.
The meeting which was held at the central Gippsland Institute of TAFE's Waratah training restaurant coincided with State Skills Minister Peter Hall's response to the Gippsland Tertiary Education Plan.
Victoria University disability education fears closure
31 May 12 @ 11:48am by Bridie Byrne
A DISABILITY program could be axed in the wake of savage funding cuts at Victoria University, says a teacher.
The Western Futures course teaches independent living and work skills for young people with intellectual disabilities at the Footscray campus.
MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Higher education: TAFE funding – Thursday, 24 May 2012
Posted on 31. May, 2012
Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to lament the Baillieu government’s savage $290 million cuts to our TAFE system, which will cost 2000 jobs and hundreds of courses. The Victorian economy is going backwards under this government. We have a skills shortage and need to be providing more training opportunities. TAFE campuses in Victoria play an extremely important role in providing opportunities for Victorians to up‑skill, to further their education or to gain a trade certificate so they can access more highly skilled and better paid jobs.
Bendigo Weekly - workers rally outside Bendigo TAFE
Video of 29 May Rally