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Young people being conned into courses

UNSCRUPULOUS training providers are luring young people with gimmicks and enrolling students who do not have the skills. (Dodgy deals exploit young people.
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This is the tip of the iceberg when you allow "market forces" to prevail and not regulate the VET sector. TAFE is being dragged down into this mess. Some of the concerns raised by young people and case workers about these training organisations were, among others: 

1 Use of gimmicks to attract students to courses.

2 Promising employment pathways that don't exist.

3 Failing to properly assess skills of prospective students.

4 Convincing students with limited literacy skills they will be capable of completing courses that are too hard for them.

5 Jobs being advertised that do not exist.

This is an indicator of what is to follow for the sector if the direction continues and the TAFE cuts continue along with it.

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Industry to get say in VET vetting - The Australian

Industry to get say in VET vetting - The Australian | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Industry to get say in VET vetting The Australian VOCATIONAL education and training could face more external validation of assessment under the federal government's push to shift the focus of regulation on to the quality of outcomes rather than...

Via Kathy Nicholson
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The federal government appear to want to add more and more layers of bureaurcatic red tape. Industries are busy doing business and are not in the business of applying red tape to themselves. 

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, July 9, 12:50 PM

Yet another bureaucratic  experiment 

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Bega TAFE forum to discuss Smart and Skilled impacts

Bega TAFE forum to discuss Smart and Skilled impacts | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
A FORUM discussing the impact of the Smart and Skilled policy on local TAFE campuses will be held on July 22 at Club Bega. (@AndrewConstance if Premier Baird can come to Manly why can't you come to this?
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The NSW government's Smart and Skilled policy will start on January 1, 2015, and this forum will discuss the impact of privatisation of funding, introduction of student fees and increasing debt.


So, where is Mr Constance the local member? Apparently, there are many questions to ask re his government's cuts to TAFE and how they will impact on students, teachers and their local community. You would think that Mr Constance would be keen to be at such an event.


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Industry-led VET reform to drive productivity gains

Industry-led VET reform to drive productivity gains | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Changes afoot for vocational education and training including the regulator.

http://t.co/az005LO98U
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Sounds more like driving profits for private training providers rather than driving the nation's productivity. 

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John Robertson vows to trim TAFE fees: Budget reply based on protecting trades - The Daily Telegraph

John Robertson vows to trim TAFE fees: Budget reply based on protecting trades - The Daily Telegraph | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
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John Robertson vows to trim TAFE fees: Budget reply based on protecting trades
The Daily Telegraph
“TAFE is not just a place people go to learn a trade, and then get a job.
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John Robertson seems to have a very good understanding of the importance of TAFE and the much broader effects it has on so many people.  The TAFE pathway needs to be strengthened and broadened not narrowed. The path is being laid with obstacles for people under the disasterous "Smart & Skilled" reform. At last a political leader who really "gets" TAFE! 

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Bega TAFE will suffer under Smart and Skilled reforms says teachers union - Bega District News

Bega TAFE will suffer under Smart and Skilled reforms says teachers union - Bega District News | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Bega TAFE will suffer under Smart and Skilled reforms says teachers union
Bega District News
SMART and Skilled is decimating TAFE as a skilled training organisation, according to the TAFE Illawarra Institute's Bega campus union rep David Grainger.
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The trend under the NSW Govt's Smart & Skilled funding cuts is to continue the shortening of delivery, reduce student contact hours, and push more delivery into cheaper modes. Quality is suffering as a result of this dumbing down to meet cheaper budgets. Disgraceful and having detrimental effects on industries and communities. The worst is yet to come.

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Capitalism vs. education: Why our free-market obsession is wrecking the future - Salon

Capitalism vs. education: Why our free-market obsession is wrecking the future - Salon | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Salon
Capitalism vs. education: Why our free-market obsession is wrecking the future Salon He sees this “eliminationist” logic driving disinvestment from public higher education, impatience with student speech and activism, and the charter...
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Market-based education reform has become a mainstay of American politics — and it's a disaster waiting to happen. Have we had a public discourse and debate about whether we really want to go down this pathway in Australia? America is seeing the problems associated with this and is showing signs of moving away from burdening students with so much future debt.
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Strong vocational education is needed to offset the retirement of baby-boomers - Left Foot Forward

Strong vocational education is needed to offset the retirement of baby-boomers - Left Foot Forward | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Left Foot Forward
Strong vocational education is needed to offset the retirement of baby-boomers
Left Foot Forward
Statistics show that a strong vocational education system will be required to help fill over 12 million vacancies by 2022.
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In the UK apparently many occupations tend to rely on vocational courses and qualifications to ensure that the workforce has the necessary skills, with a lower percentage of the workforce possessing degrees.


This report seems to be saying that .... "If the UK is to truly win the ‘global race’ in jobs and skills, a combination of strong vocational education and employer commitment to high-value business models will be necessary, alongside the continued strengthening of professional occupations".

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TAFE students could soon study UFOs - Herald Sun

TAFE students could soon study UFOs - Herald Sun | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE students could soon study UFOs
Herald Sun
He said there had been significant interest in the exam and they were in talks to have it included as part of the TAFE curriculum.
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What is this supernatural rubbish? Is this delivering real skills for industries? Or, is it a case of TAFE now having to chase revenue due to the severe funding cuts. What's going on? Utter rubbish!

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Tweet from @tafeorganiser

Tweet from @tafeorganiser | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Morning Tweedles if you are in Western Sydney and care about TAFE join us 5pm today #ausunions #auspol #stoptafecuts http://t.co/eAd5jgqdo8
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Near Parramatta late this afternoon? Care about TAFE?

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Employers concerned about TAFE closure

Employers concerned about TAFE closure | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
RT @PhillipChadwick: Employers concerned about #TAFE closure http://t.co/iaEnsFI04V
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Another threatened TAFE closure!
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Funding cut pushes NMIT into hole

Funding cut pushes NMIT into hole | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
A major Melbourne TAFE has suffered financial losses of more than $30 million, prompting the auditor-general to doubt that it can survive. (Another #TAFE faces an uncertain future due to funding cuts.
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Another TAFE Institute looks like going to the wall under the various state government funding CUTS. This needs to stop right around Australia before it is all lost. Quality is already being pushed down under these cuts but now whole institutes are under threat not just individual courses. Stop the TAFE CUTS!

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Gillard sounds the alarm on social justice - Sydney Morning Herald

Gillard sounds the alarm on social justice - Sydney Morning Herald | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning Herald Gillard sounds the alarm on social justice Sydney Morning Herald Declaring social justice under threat on multiple fronts, she said she wanted to see ''an educated country, a compassionate country, and a country that holds...
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The Abbott governments "choices" in their budget say a great deal about the conservative side of politics values and priorities. 

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John Robertson - Timeline Photos | Facebook

John Robertson - Timeline Photos | Facebook | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Mike Baird is doing to TAFE what Abbott is doing to uni fees. The cost of a diploma or certificate is rising by up to $3000 in 2015.

TAFE is a passport to the workforce and Labor won't stand by as it is put out of reach of ordinary Australians.
Peter Haydon Druery's insight:

Double whammy! TAFE has not been part of the discussion enough. The changes to the higher education sector are truly heartbreaking and unfair but the changes to TAFE are taking away the "second chance" that people have perhaps taken for granted. TAFE seems to be very often taken for granted but like most wonderful things this is often not realised until it's lost. Baird is A wrecker just like Abbott! Let's not lose TAFE! 

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Farina airs worries over TAFE enrolments decline - ABC Local

Farina airs worries over TAFE enrolments decline - ABC Local | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Farina airs worries over TAFE enrolments decline
ABC Local
Earlier this year, the WA Government launched the Future Skills program, aimed at encouraging TAFE students into priority areas such as agriculture, construction and mining.
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South-West MLC Adele Farina has voiced concerns that a drop in TAFE enrolments could damage the region's economic development. Stop the TAFE cuts and avoid this risk! The region needs a whole range of necessary highly skilled workers.

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Sydney TAFE fashion teachers to work with new social enterprise | Sydney TAFE - 1300 360 601

Sydney TAFE fashion teachers to work with new social enterprise | Sydney TAFE - 1300 360 601 | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Sydney TAFE fashion teachers to work with new social enterprise training migrants and refugees (Sydney TAFE fashion teachers to work with new social enterprise | Sydney TAFE - 1300 360 601 http://t.co/14UxDSiDWA)...

Via Kathy Nicholson
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With the savage cuts continuing to TAFE we are in danger of losing these fantastic types of outreach programs. TAFE has always been involved in so many of these much needed activities. Stop the TAFE CUTS, please!

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, July 3, 2:18 PM

This is a fabulous example of the work Outreach had always done in TAFE.

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Minister pledges to end TAFE uncertainty - Bayside Bulletin

Minister pledges to end TAFE uncertainty - Bayside Bulletin | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Minister pledges to end TAFE uncertainty
Bayside Bulletin
On the weekend, Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the government was cutting subsidies for some courses but TAFE fees weren't rising, even if students were paying more.

Via Kathy Nicholson
Peter Haydon Druery's insight:

TAFE fees have already risen while at the same time course have been cut and many shortened to save money. TAFE fees are set to rise significantly more from beginning of 2015 unless there is a change in state government policy. The Minister needs to go back to school and brush up on his math. (Or maybe a TAFE college if he's ever been in one!)

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, June 23, 1:03 PM

People are not as gullible as this #lnpfail minister would have you believe. If students have to pay more, they have to pay more. Coming in January to NSW unless our www.stoptafecuts.com.ay campaign is able to halt it.

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TAFE survey snapshot – Parliament of Australia

TAFE survey snapshot – Parliament of Australia | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE student survey results - view the compilation of written responses here http://t.co/Vbop09o7WB via Parliament of Australia
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The value of TAFE? The survey shows how invaluable and critical it is to people as an alternative educational pathway and the difference it makes to people's lives. It must be fully funded and maintained as the pre-eminent public provider of Vocational Education & Training.

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Tony Abbott considers importing US-style school program with private industry ... - The Age

Tony Abbott considers importing US-style school program with private industry ... - The Age | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Tony Abbott considers importing US-style school program with private industry ...
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Tony Abbott should abandon this thought bubble, and reassure Australian parents that he will not be handing over schools to corporations.''


It is expected that the education minister will be required to dye his hair red and wear a yellow clown suit!

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-considers-importing-usstyle-school-program-with-private-industry-involvement-20140612-39y5y.html#ixzz34QmKeA71

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TAFE cuts will hinder Illawarra recovery, warns John Robertson - Illawarra Mercury

TAFE cuts will hinder Illawarra recovery, warns John Robertson - Illawarra Mercury | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE cuts will hinder Illawarra recovery, warns John Robertson Illawarra Mercury The NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has hit out at changes to the TAFE funding model, saying cuts will make it harder for the Illawarra to recover from mining and...
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The NSW Liberal government is cutting $800 million from TAFE. Already 800 jobs cut, including teachers, and the length of courses is being cut back. The students are not being given enough time for the skills to be acquired fully. Shameful!

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TAFE students split about their educational experience

TAFE students split about their educational experience | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
A SURVEY of more than 3000 former TAFE students are split about the experience, but many still believe it has helped their job opportunities.
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"TAFE is a system that is valued for its personal, community and business benefits," ......... the report, instigated and reported by the Abbott Government.

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» Start your legal career at Sydney TAFE Dental Assistant Duties

» Start your legal career at Sydney TAFE Dental Assistant Duties | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Find out everything you need to know to enrol in our Legal Services courses including pre-requisite information for the (fresh post #employment Start your legal career at Sydney TAFE http://t.co/fUZidBDg5k...
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Start a legal career by becoming a dental assistant. This makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

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Tweet from @TAFECampaign

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RT @TAFECampaign: "#TAFE has given me hope for the future." #StopTAFECuts http://t.co/FdB3pt2yFr
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Let's not take this future away from them. Stop the TAFE Cuts!

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Changes at TAFE is hitting service delivery - Gympie Times

Changes at TAFE is hitting service delivery - Gympie Times | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Changes at TAFE is hitting service delivery
Gympie Times
ADMINISTRATIVE changes at Gympie TAFE are biting into service delivery, contrary to promises they would lead to an educational and economic boost.
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Severe funding cuts to TAFE are hitting hard right around Australia., this time in Gympie. Another regional area seeing the biting effects on delivery of vital TAFE services. Stop the TAFE CUTS!

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TAFE changes

TAFE changes | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
YOUNG people in the Hunter are facing an uncertain future with the release of the Federal Governments tough budget and the state’s plans to increase TAFE fees.
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Now we have announcements by the State Government that fees for TAFE courses will rise dramatically under their so called "Smart & Skilled" reforms. Dumb & Dumber!  Stupid & Unfair!  

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Robertson meets with Hamilton TAFE teachers - Newcastle Herald

Robertson meets with Hamilton TAFE teachers - Newcastle Herald | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Robertson meets with Hamilton TAFE teachers
Newcastle Herald
NSW Opposition leader John Robertson met with teachers at Hamilton TAFE this morning to discuss increased fees and other workplace changes.
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Abbott wrecks the higher education system while in NSW Premier Baird does the same to TAFE!

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