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State Government to probe dodgy training courses

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DODGY training providers are in the State Government's sights after Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall vowed to crack down on those doing the wrong thing.

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Don't let this mess happen in NSW. We have the best public vocational education system in Australia - TAFE. The NSW government is dismantling it piece by piece. Contact your MP today and ask them what they are doing to stop TAFE cuts.

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Peter Haydon Druery's curator insight, November 2, 2013 1:35 AM

The Minister, Peter Hall, says "We want a system in Victoria that gives people confidence that their qualification will lead to a better job, and industry the confidence that they can access skilled people."

This is what all of the Eastern States have had until recently when the VET system was opened up to fully contestable funding under open competition policy by the current state governments. These dodgy training courses are a symptom of that. Its what you get when you open the doors with insufficient regulation. Stop the TAFE cuts!

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Kids the biggest losers in push to cut TAFE funding

Geelong Advertiser, Geelong VIC  by  Rob McLennan


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susiemandley's curator insight, October 19, 6:44 PM
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GEELONG businesses are up to their ears in a State Government-sponsored rort that is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

In its rush to privatise skills training the Napthine-Baillieu government has taken a blowtorch to the state's TAFE system, while at the same time creating a cash cow that is now being milked freely by private industry.

The rapid deterioration of the traineeship system has been obvious for some time, but the depth to which it has plunged became clear while I was having dinner with friends at a local hotel recently.

We had just been served by a very nice young bloke wearing a name tag that revealed he was a trainee. My friend asked him what he was studying.

"Certificate III in Holiday Parks and Resorts," our young server proudly announced.

My friend and I almost choked on our chorizo.

Holiday Parks and Resorts?

This kid is supposedly learning front office, housekeeping and grounds maintenance skills by waiting tables in a pub and he is doing it not at the expense of the hotel owner, but of the Victorian taxpayer. Apparently Holiday Parks and Resorts certification attracted more funding than hospitality qualifications.

The State Government's decision to strip cash from the TAFE system and channel it into the private sector sparked a massive boom in the training industry, not unlike the explosion in installers when the Rudd federal government unveiled its home insulation scheme.

In fact, the two programs are similar on many levels. Both triggered a rush of new businesses designed to take advantage of huge government handouts. Like the insulation scheme, the privatised skills training system is poorly regulated and monitored. And both have led to a massive flow of funding from government coffers to business.

The lack of quality controls in the privatised training sector allows providers to take shortcuts and offer qualifications in a fraction of the time allocated by reputable organisations such as TAFE.

Recently I heard a radio ad offering the opportunity to complete childcare certification in just a few months. The same course at TAFE takes between 12 to 18 months. How is it possible to provide adequate training in such an important field in such a brief amount of time?

The fitness industry provides another worrying example. It takes up to 12 months to gain accreditation as a personal trainer at TAFE; some private providers are offering it in just two weeks.

Then there are those who don't bother with training at all. Last week Channel 9's A Current Affair highlighted the case of a Melbourne man who was able to gain two qualifications as a motor mechanic in half an hour. This bloke proudly displayed his certificates while admitting he hardly knew his spark plugs from his brake pads.

Like the insulation scheme, there is far more than public money at risk here. While so-called training providers get rich at the expense of taxpayers, students are emerging from courses with hopelessly, and sometimes dangerously, inadequate skills.

And because of the eligibility requirements, they are unable to access further government subsidies to obtain the skills they need to get a job.

I need to be clear on one thing not all private providers are evil.

But the fact that they are able to cherry pick the most lucrative courses while leaving badly underfunded TAFE colleges to pick up those that have high costs and low returns, is a recipe for disaster.

It is a mess that is of the Napthine Government's making and, sadly, it shows no interest at all in cleaning it up
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Aspire College to suspend intellectually disabled student's debt

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A private training college that sold an intellectually disabled man two courses above his abilities says it will suspend part of his debt.
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This college should have to suspend the whole debt. Unconscionable behaviour.

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Tweet from @gaolteacher

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Sam is a current #TAFE student who has already joined #stoptafecuts campaign. Now inviting all FB friends to do same pic.twitter.com/IT2LB3eCpf
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Cereal box qualifications awarded to unskilled mechanics

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Tradie qualifications out of a cereal box. On A Current Affair, we expose the dodgy schools pumping out certificates to anyone without lifting a spanner.
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So listen to what has happened to TAFE in Victoria NSW. Close a TAFE Campus, sell it off, when the electorate calls you on it, open TAFE in one of your shonky used car yard mates' premises. Not in NSW

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Tweet from @gaolteacher

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#stoptafecuts is call from #Parramasala Day 2. Angry about attacks on #TAFE .@mikebairdMP pic.twitter.com/WA0dQEbUbd
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Tweet from @gaolteacher

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Eastern states gear up for elections. Need to vote out Libs & NATs who r trying to privatise #TAFE pic.twitter.com/MJdqOjaSde
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Cereal box qualifications awarded to unskilled mechanics

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Tradie qualifications out of a cereal box. On A Current Affair, we expose the dodgy schools pumping out certificates to anyone without lifting a spanner.
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This is what the LNP Smart & Skilled policy coming in January 2015 will do to vocational education in NSW. It becomes a profit opportunity for shonky operators, at the expense of taxpayers our students and our economy.

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"Smart and Skilled" heralds shake-up in trade training - Muswellbrook Chronicle

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The delivery of trade training in NSW is about to undergo a massive shake-up.
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more spin. No mention of huge fee increases, cuts to TAFE or debt for students

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Training and Apprenticeships TVC - YouTube

Since the Liberals took office in Victoria, they have cut $1.2 billion out of the TAFE system and sat idly by while youth unemployment skyrockets and their e...
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Encourage your MP to support Save TAFE bill

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#stoptafecuts campaign continues. article from NSW Teachers Federation Journal http://t.co/jJt7O8Qrus #stoptafecuts @jrobertsonmp
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Counting the cost of TAFE changes | POLL - Daily Liberal

Counting the cost of TAFE changes | POLL - Daily Liberal | Invest in TAFE for a better State! | Scoop.it
There are growing concerns changes to TAFE fees for apprenticeships and traineeships will cripple vocational education and damage the employment chances of young adults.
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Tweet from @tafeorganiser

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Pierre Masse Greens candidate for Lane Cove and Phillip Chadwick TAFE teachers Association President #stoptafecuts pic.twitter.com/7QlzNutCZM
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Tweet from @tafeorganiser

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Headspace teacher and student know TAFE is too good to lose #Parramasala #stoptafecuts pic.twitter.com/sim8QtoAdO
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Training college watchdog urged to stamp out 'spruikers'

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Educators urge the Government to crack down on shonky operators in the private training college sector.
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VET is a dog's breakfast. ASQA do not have the ability to regulate across Australua.  regulation is only necessary because of privatisation. In the end taxpayers will have a huge debt and skills education will be damaged

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Training colleges target disabled to secure funding

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Unscrupulous training colleges target the homeless and people with disabilities to secure government funds.
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Private colleges signing intellectually disabled students despite capacity to repay debts

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Private colleges are signing up people with intellectual disabilities for expensive government training loans, even though their high needs may mean they're unlikely to finish and earn enough money to re-pay the debt.
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How low can this lot get?

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Tweet from @jeromelaxale

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Talking to tafe teachers about Liberal government cuts to TAFE schools and Uni's. #TeamJerome #Ryde #nswpol #tafe pic.twitter.com/sOvuA05Ou3
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Bosses told to get ready for TAFE overhaul

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Employers have been told apprentices and trainees will have more input into the newly-restructured TAFE system.
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What a shame this institute director didn't show some leadership and name the 'changes' to TAFE for what they are, privatisation of TAFE. Reduced choice, course cuts, job cuts, increased student fees and debt for students whilst allowing shonky operators into the mix

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Tweet from @ShaunLeaneMP

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Napthine thinks promising a few courses in a empty used car lot will excuse him for closing Lilydale's Tafe pic.twitter.com/vpwLXW7iBh
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Public Service Association Union fights TAFE course fee rises

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IT IS called the "Smart and Skilled" program, but the union representing TAFE thinks it is anything but clever.
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The NSW Teachers Federation represents the TAFE Teachers and is also campaigning to www.stoptafecuts.com.au

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Tweet from @gaolteacher

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@DrYobbo @eugenefastcar Continued cuts to #TAFE funding will cut courses & increase fees pic.twitter.com/kxkttkc7oH
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Teachers are among casual workers who want to be permanent employees

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After working as a casual TAFE teacher for 20 years, Terri Quinlan is still unable to access the same job security, pay and conditions as her permanent colleagues.
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