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My last days in TAFE...some thoughts on the events of 2012 & the losses felt by public Voc Ed

Just some thougths as I pack up a desk and my career in TAFE


Via susiemandley
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unfortunately a common thread throughout Victoria, then eventually across the nation....

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, January 8, 2013 1:18 PM

As I pack up my desk I am really packing up a career - a career that has become a vocation.  I have been in education in some form for all of my working life - starting out as a Primary Teacher, moving to specialist roles to support teachers doing amazing work in their classrooms.  I then moved to tertiary education after returning to further study - and it's been a blessing.

 

My time working with adult learners has been rich beyond all of my expectations.  I've grown and had the opportunity to learn so much that at times I did think my brain would literally burst. 

 

I have seen students who have humbled me --> the new arrivals who wanted to start a new life in a new country, the single mum returning to study to create a better future, the young vibrant "go get 'em" students who were so keen to grab every opportunity that a practical education could offer them in the job stakes.  I've seen those with university quals needing to have additional practical skills to enhance their job opportunities.. and I've loved it all.

 

And then there has been the staff of these wonderful public institutions. What an amazing, clever, highly skilled, compassionate, motivated, inspiring group of people!

 

The backbone of public voc ed provision is the staff.  They have made it a valuable community asset that cannot be measured in $.

 

So to say goodbye is difficult, it's sad, it's scary, it's exciting.  But it also shouldn't have happened. The LNP state govt's attack on the public provider of Voc Ed in Victoria will go down as one of the biggest social mistakes to be made in the name of "reform".

 

The value of public voc ed to this state is well understood by many; communities value having a space for their kids to go to learn, it keeps them in the community, it adds life, skills and knowledge to rural and regional communities.  In major cities, it ensures that there is a place for learners to go that supports them, that opens up opportunities, that enriches lives.  Universities do not fill every educational need for every learner.

 

So as I pack my career into boxes, I cry a little inside for what was a wonderful public TAFE system that gave so much to the communities.  I worry a bit for the future of this wonderful public TAFE system, and I wonder a lot at the thinking of a publicly elected government that so readily wielded an axe at this wonderful public TAFE system. 

 

Kathy Nicholson's comment, January 8, 2013 1:21 PM
When I rescooped the application said this was my insight, but it's not. It's the words of the truly wonderful Susie Mandley fabulous TAFE professional and great activist. We will miss you.
susiemandley's comment, January 8, 2013 5:08 PM
Thanks Kathy.. but I'll keep fighting the TAFE cuts as long as I can..
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