TAFE Stories up to 15 June 2012
Union warns of Advance TAFE sackings
Posted June 14, 2012 09:03:15
Staff of Gippsland's Advance TAFE, in south-east Victoria, will find out today if they will be sacked.
Advance TAFE management has spent the past few weeks analysing Victorian Government funding cuts.
2200 TAFE places to go
BY TOM MCILROY, 14 Jun, 2012 01:02 AM
MORE than 2200 Ballarat students could be denied locally provided further education under proposed cuts to the TAFE sector.
As education unions and tertiary sector staff prepare to protest a visit to Ballarat by Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu tomorrow, National Tertiary Education Union branch president Jeremy Smith said the cuts would have a devastating impact.
TAFE petition to send message: Labor
Sarah Scopelianos | June 14, 2012
LABOR today launched in online petition against the Victorian Government's TAFE funding cuts.
Labor's higher education, skills and apprenticeships spokesman Steve Herbert said the petition at http://www.fighttafecuts.com.au, would be presented to parliament.
Thornbury TAFE student's new career in jeopardy
14 Jun 12 @ 05:05am by Staff Writer
STUDENT sign language interpreter Bronwen Kamasz is calling on the State Government to put community before cash.
The Thornbury resident learnt last month her Diploma of Auslan course at Kangan Institute of TAFE will be scrapped due to State Government funding cuts.
Victoria University hit hard by TAFE cuts
BY BENJAMIN MILLAR, 13 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
COURSES will be slashed, fees will skyrocket and 50 jobs will go as Victoria University scrambles to deal with a $32million TAFE funding black hole.
More than $100million was cut from fee subsidies for courses in the 2012-13 state budget, forcing TAFE providers to hit students with big fee increases or axe courses and jobs.
Council votes not to lobby
BY FIONA HENDERSON, 14 Jun, 2012 01:01 AM
A MOTION calling on the state government to review its TAFE funding cuts was last night knocked back by Ballarat City Council, with most councillors claiming there was no place for politics in the council chamber.
But councillor Cheryl Bromfield - who moved the notice of motion - said she “stood here very disappointed”.
10 billion reasons to take training seriously
The Common Room Blog (Stephen Matchett)| 14 June 2012
MEIN Fuhrer, the enemy is cutting funding per student hour!
There is something unsettling about the new “Downfall” parody, with Hitler as a demented Victorian TAFE chief, raging at Spring St and his own staff. I suppose the argument that using Hitler in the bunker to make any partisan point cheapens the memory of the millions who died because of him was lost a thousand “Downfall” videos ago. Even so, using the evil bastard to poke fun at entrepreneurial TAFE chiefs is a bit steep.
But the parody makes a point, just not one the authors necessarily intended. The script is so obscure the English subtitles need translation, “and we can no longer RPL foundation skills!” – now there’s a complaint to chant in the streets.
The fight to maintain a 'TAFE 4 all' continues
By Rhiana Whitson (ABC Gippsland), 13 June, 2012 5:04PM AEST
About 150 people gathered outside Member for South Gippsland Peter Ryan's office to protest against TAFE funding cuts. A second rally was held outside Member for East Gippsland Tim Bull's office in Bairnsdale.
Yesterday's rallies follow last week's rally outside State Higher Education Minister Peter Hall's electorate office in Traralgon last week.
Advance TAFE cuts courses and jobs
By Rhiana Whitson (ABC Gippsland), 15 June, 2012 10:01AM AEST
Advance TAFE will cut jobs and courses to cope with state government funding cuts to Victoria's TAFE colleges. Advance TAFE chief executive Peter Heilbuth spoke about the extent of the cuts with ABC Gippsland's Mornings show host Celine Foenander. (AUDIO LINK ON WEB PAGE)
TAFE cuts hit hard as 30 courses get chop
PETER COLLINS, Warrnambool Standard, 15 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
UP to 30 courses will be cut from South West TAFE after July 1 as a result of hefty cutbacks in state government subsidies and higher enrolment fees.
Axed courses will mainly be in lower-level certificate programs in business, hospitality and sport and recreation where fees will rise by up to 340 per cent.
Rally protests against TAFE cuts
Updated June 15, 2012 09:13:08
A protest rally against TAFE sector funding cuts attracted about 100 people in Warrnambool yesterday.
The Victorian Government plans to reduce TAFE funding by about $300 million over three years.
Up to 300 protesters to confront Ted Baillieu in Ballarat
TOM MCILROY, 14 Jun, 2012 11:28 PM
VICTORIAN Premier Ted Baillieu is set to receive anything but a warm welcome as he arrives in Ballarat this morning with angry TAFE students and teachers set to protest cuts to the sector.
Hundreds of protesters are expected outside the Alexandria on Lydiard venue as Mr Baillieu addresses a Regional Press Club of Victoria lunch from 12pm.
Angry protest in CBD over tertiary cuts
PETER COLLINS, 15 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
AS chants of “save TAFE, sack Ted” echoed down central Warrnambool yesterday, dozens of motorists honked their horns to support the 200-or-so students and staff rallying against state government funding cuts.
For almost 45 minutes they rammed home their anger and concerns about the effects of $10 million in cutbacks on South West TAFE, the community and economy.
Second Tafe Rally Targets Baillieu
Friday, 15 June 2012 07:36
Ballarat's second Tafe protest rally gets underway this morning.
Another large crowd is expected to hit Lydiard street to protest against the state Government cuts to TAFE including the 20 million cuts to Ballarat uni.
TAFE cuts cause confusion
JUNE 15, 2012 4:56am
GOTAFE chief executive Paul Culpan has declined to comment on budget cuts that may affect the Benalla campus.
Benalla Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE chief executive officer Paul Culpan has declined to comment on the $300 million budget cuts to local jobs despite hundreds of staff and students attending protest rallies throughout northern Victoria and in Melbourne.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Council supports TAFE4All
At this week's meeting I moved a motion (item 9.1) in relation to the state government's funding cuts to TAFE.
I'm pleased that the motion (wording below) was supported by the majority of councillors.
For: Crs Samantha Dunn, Richard Higgins, Len Cox, Noel Cliff, Tim Heenan and Graham Warren
Against: Crs Jeanette McRae, Chris Templer and Terry Avery
TAFE cuts revealed
ELEANOR VENABLES, 14 Jun, 2012 11:30 AM
THIRTY-two jobs will be slashed at Advance TAFE because of State Government cuts to TAFE funding.
The institute has lost $5 million - $2 million more than initial estimates - in government funding, forcing it to cut 32 jobs, phase out 36 of the 215 courses currently provided, and close eight facilities.