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Stop TAFE Cuts

Stop TAFE Cuts | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
We must Stop TAFE Cuts Now! (Are you going to "Do Your Block" for #TAFE from
11-17 November? #stoptafecuts http://t.co/Zm83AYYfxX)
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Now that the NSW Treasurer has announced the NSW budget to be in surplus is there adequate excuse for the TAFE cuts to continue?

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NSW Election 2015: Cuts to Tafe loom as major issue - Sydney Morning Herald

NSW Election 2015: Cuts to Tafe loom as major issue - Sydney Morning Herald | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Cuts to TAFE are shaping as a major election issue, as students face higher fees for many courses, teaching staff is reduced and the roll-out of a new computer system causes major headaches.
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These very dumb funding cuts to TAFE are very unpopular. Many courses and teaching staff have gone under so called smart and skilled. Particularly small, "thin market" specialised courses like this watchmaking course are very vulnerable and susceptible under this open market approach. Optical Mechanics is another similar one gone. Many other courses are being "rationalised" (code for being reduced down in student contact time), or being offered at less campuses, or shoved online in order to save money and meet reduced budgets. It is outrageous that this is happening while fees are also being increased dramatically at the same time! Students, and their employers, are being very short changed. Vulnerable courses are disappearing. Staff are losing jobs. Shameful Mr Baird.

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EDITORIAL: A costly diploma in confusion

EDITORIAL: A costly diploma in confusion | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
FOR years, many people have accused successive NSW governments of harbouring a thinly veiled ambition to destroy the state’s TAFE system.
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It certainly is a very poor time to be penalising those who are trying to improve their skills and job prospects by hitting them with higher fees and cutting their tuition. It is really dumb.  So, just why is the Baird government determined to destroy and then privatise TAFE when the NSW economy desperately needs this essential skill development?

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Greens to probe genesis of TAFE woes

Greens to probe genesis of TAFE woes | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
THE NSW Greens plan to follow the lead of their federal counterparts by pushing for a wideranging inquiry into competitive funding of vocational education and training.
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A full inquiry into the competitive funding model known as "Smart and Skilled" under the Baird LNP government is an absolute necessity. If it's good enough for the Abbott government to look at the flaws in this competitive VET funding model then why not a proper look into it in NSW? 

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Report calls for equity in VET financing

Report calls for equity in VET financing | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
A new report is calling for an overhaul of the tertiary education system to address the funding disp...

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The TAFE system needs to be funded properly as does the higher education sector. Both sectors mesh and complement each other. One should not be funded at the expense of the other and public taxpayer money should not be going into for profit organisations.

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TAFE chief executive Jodi Schmidt blames high wages for teachers for TAFE not ... - Courier Mail

TAFE chief executive Jodi Schmidt blames high wages for teachers for TAFE not ... - Courier Mail | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE Queensland has warned it will be forced to slash jobs and cut regional campuses as it struggles to compete with private tertiary educators.
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So, the cats really out if the bag. Private "for profit" RTOs don't want highly qualified teachers or to pay for them. They want much lower paid trainers. Is it any wonder the system is "racing to the bottom". In the end you get what you pay for. Pay for highly professionally educated TAFE teachers and get quality. Pay lower qualified trainers and get accordingly.  This is a good example of where throwing skills acquisition to the "market" will simply fail to deliver. So, TAFE is having to also dumb down to compete. Heartbreaking.

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Votes depend on future of TAFE, hospital and workforce

Votes depend on future of TAFE, hospital and workforce | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
THE crowd at the Meet the Candidates forum in Maryborough made it known their vote depended on the future of the city’s TAFE, hospital and workforce.
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TAFE is being decimated by the LNP state governments. Firstly, by severely underfunding it, then throwing TAFE to the open market where the "for profit RTOs" suck up taxpayer's money. This funding should be directed properly to TAFE where it will not be wasted, rather than lining the pockets of these shonky private VET providers. Much is  beginning to emerge about these. One would think that both Newman in QLD and Baird in NSW would want people to know more about their real TAFE agenda. But of course, there is an election looming.

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Strong promise to grow TAFE campus - Toowoomba Chronicle

Strong promise to grow TAFE campus - Toowoomba Chronicle | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
REJUVENATING Warwick TAFE has become a hot state election topic, with both of the major parties vowing to fight for its future.
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Proper TAFE funding has disappeared under all the various LNP State Governments and has been particularly decimated by Newman in Qld and Baird in NSW.  the new Victorian Labor government understood the damage done down there and are attempting to address some of the problems. Newman's government has also dissolved TAFE as a government department, making it a statutory authority. 


So, Mrs Ryan is absolutely correct when she points out how important TAFE has been as such a critical service across each state especially in regional communities. Perhaps the National Party in particular have a death wish for the communities they claim to represent? TAFE is critical to them Mr Newman.

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Invest in TAFE for a better State!

Invest in TAFE for a better State! | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE in NSW is at the crossroads. Keep it public for students and communities in NSW. You can help by registering your support at www.stoptafecuts.com.au

Via Kathy Nicholson
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The TAFE fees being set are ridiculous. We need to keep accessibility to TAFE public not private! Access to acquiring skills for those who need them not just those that can pay! Our economy will pay heavily in the long run if this continues.
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Liberals Vote down Labor Bill to cap soaring TAFE fees

Liberals Vote down Labor Bill to cap soaring TAFE fees | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Labor Candidate for Ryde
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The Baird LNP state government seem to want these huge increases in TAFE FEES which they have slated to come in from beginning of next year. They also don't seem to want people to know what they will have to pay but at the same time want to appear to be supporting quality TAFE. Very misleading.

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TAFE funds flowing: Vic premier - Yahoo!7 - Yahoo!7 News

TAFE funds flowing: Vic premier - Yahoo!7 - Yahoo!7 News | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Extra funds for Victoria's TAFE system are now flowing, Premier Daniel Andrews says.
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So, will we see a similar rescue flow of funds to TAFE in NSW as now in Victoria? It's up to Mr Baird and the LNP in NSW to decide!

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TAFE students in the dark over fees

TAFE students in the dark over fees | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The State School Teachers' Union has called on the government to release the TAFE fees schedule for next year.
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Students not only have a right to know the TAFE course fees they will have to pay next year, but they need to know now in order to plan and decide whether they will be able to afford it. 

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TAFE cuts and fee increases could do a world of hurt - The Daily Telegraph

TAFE cuts and fee increases could do a world of hurt - The Daily Telegraph | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

TTHE NSW Teachers Federation is predicting “outrage” when South West Sydney Institute (SWSi) TAFE students attempt to enrol in classes next year and find courses in the system have greatly changed.

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I feel heart sorry for so many students who are going to get a very rude shock when they come to enrol next year into a TAFE course. This is very unfair and heartless.

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Role of vocational education and training 'under-recognised' in Europe - CIPD (blog)

Role of vocational education and training 'under-recognised' in Europe - CIPD (blog) | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Human resources jobs, news & events
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Post-secondary vocational education and training is an “under-recognised, hidden world” in countries' skill systems across Europe according to a report from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).  The considerable undervaluing and severe underfunding of TAFE, particularly by the various Liberal state governments in Australia, would seem to mirror this problem in Europe. Yet the OECD is attempting to address this problem. Are we?

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NSW state election 2015: Luke Foley attacks Mike Baird over TAFE fees - Sydney Morning Herald

NSW state election 2015: Luke Foley attacks Mike Baird over TAFE fees - Sydney Morning Herald | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Five days out from election day, the opposition leader, Luke Foley, is trying to shift political focus onto fees for the state's TAFE students, which he says have risen up to $7000.
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The Baird LNP's so called Smart and Skilled reform may look very Dumb and even Dumber after Saturday's state election. The dramatic and unfair increases in TAFE fees is crippling to those looking for employment, retraining to re-enter employment, or as the second chance to gain employable skills. The sell off of electricity poles and wires is on the nose and this move to privatise and sell off TAFE is also very unpopular. It is very dumb policy indeed!

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TAFE NSW reform brings students to tears - WA today

TAFE NSW reform brings students to tears - WA today | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Callers broke down and cried on ABC radio as Education Minister Adrian Piccoli went on air to talk about his TAFE reforms.
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Thank heavens this hopeless Minister is not a TAFE teacher. He has quite a unique way with students.

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Fears about the future of Campbelltown TAFE raised as State Election nears - The Daily Telegraph

Fears about the future of Campbelltown TAFE raised as State Election nears - The Daily Telegraph | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Campbelltown Labor candidate Greg Warren is pushing for a strong Macarthur TAFE, accusing the State Government’s Smart and Skilled reforms of “ruining” the system.
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Smart and Skilled is a very flawed policy. It is siphoning taxpayer funds away from TAFE and into the pockets of private "for profit" RTOs. The Baird government have not increased funding to the Vocational Education & Training sector, although they seem to want voters to think this. The "new" money is simply money being removed from TAFE and handed to these private providers, many of whom are real shonks with problems like those being uncovered in EVOCCACOLLEGE. Smart and Skilled is decimating TAFE and appears to be a reform designed to soften up TAFE by underfunding it, decimating its ability to function, and then selling it off for a song. Shameful Mr Baird.

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Private Educators Outgunning TAFE for Profits - Training.com.au (press release) (blog)

Private Educators Outgunning TAFE for Profits - Training.com.au (press release) (blog) | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Some private education providers are making huge profits at the expense of our traditional cornerstone of vocational education and training, TAFE.
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Taxpayer's money is being hived off to private for profit VET training organisations. This report reveals that they are making enormous profits at the expense of the cornerstone TAFE system. The Baird government's Smart and Skilled training reforms are directly to blame. Meanwhile this is decimating TAFE ready for the LNP government to sell it off as yet another public asset gone. Simply outrageous.

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My wife's TAFE course at St George was... - Brent Heber, Greens Candidate for Kogarah | Facebook

My wife's TAFE course at St George was notified that their course fee schedule was to be changed half way through their course, due to the Smart and...
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Very shoddy treatment of students Mr Baird. I guess unless you really understand the importance of TAFE as the second chance education system you would treat them this way. But then LNP politicians rarely set foot in a TAFE college. I should know. Until very recently retired I was a full time TAFE teacher for 27 years. I can count on the fingers of one hand over all that time when a LNP politician really took an interest In TAFE. Now "profit" seems to be their only interest, certainly not the interest of the students. Shameful. 

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Heavy operating losses forecast for Victorian TAFEs - The Age

Heavy operating losses forecast for Victorian TAFEs - The Age | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Victorian TAFEs are set to deliver operating losses of more than $70 million, according to figures released by the state government.
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The previous coalition government in Victoria simply abandoned TAFE and decimated it. This is the mess left over for  the new Victorian Labor government to attempt to fix. A disgraceful mess lacking in any vision except to line the pockets of the private "for profit" shonks who cherry picked the changed funding landscape at the great expense of the taxpayer. Go figure the sense in this ideologically driven flawed policy! TAFE is too important to be treated so poorly with skills development so critical to people, their communities, and the economies of each state. The impact is even worse in regional areas.

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TAFE NSW back-pedals over $2200 fee for disabled student

TAFE NSW back-pedals over $2200 fee for disabled student | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Kirsty Needham
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Well, the NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli gave a pledge that students with disabilities would not be worse off under these so called Smart and Skilled TAFE reforms. They start this month.  The trouble is that this significant underfunding has created such cash strapped TAFE institutes that they are desperate to see money coming in. This, however, is no excuse. The Minister is ultimately responsible for the mess being created by this. This is but one example.

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Vocation prepares for write-downs as new CFO ma...

Vocation prepares for write-downs as new CFO ma... | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Battling education group Vocation is preparing for some potentially heavy write-downs on the carrying value of some of its assets as new chief financial officer Stewart Cummins conducts a thorough review of the business.

Via Kathy Nicholson
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Education and high level of skills development should be seen as the investment in human capital that it really is. Unfortunately it is now being seen as a commodity to exploit "for profit" in itself rather than the future investment which ironically will lead to higher productivity and hence more profitable businesses by the industries who need these skills. My cherished ophthalmic eyecare industry is a very good example of one that is squandering its past investment for the short term needs of large corporations. Very bad news in the long term.

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Education should not be a commodity to be manipulated for the profit mongrels and their mates. It is an investment in Australia's future

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Specsavers presents dispensing qualifications - Optician Online

Specsavers presents dispensing qualifications - Optician Online | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Specsavers has seen hundreds of optical dispensers gain its professional qualification in the past few years
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A Certificate IV level course of "two 12-week modules assessed by multiple-choice examinations" - that's it!  They reckon students then become recognised as professionally qualified dispensing opticians.

 

Dame Mary said: 

‘They are the trailblazers, taking Specsavers – and our respective industries – to "new levels of professionalism." ' 

 

This is what TAFE is also being forced to do under the TAFE cuts in order to compete. Shorten courses, throw it online, and dumb down content and delivery. So much for maintaining high standards of professionalism. 

 

We we need to stop the TAFE cuts and stop the bleeding of taxpayers money to low quality private RTOs. Full stop!

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Not fair to TAFE

Not fair to TAFE | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
This government now wants to tell the people of NSW what a terrific training organisation TAFE is while at the same time it systematically does its level best to erode that very quality. Are they serious?
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This is high level hypocrisy Mr Baird. You can't have it both ways to promote and destroy TAFE simultaneously. This is an attempted smokescreen to hide what his government is really doing to TAFE. NSW voters are not stupid.

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Bendigo Kangan TAFE to cut hundreds of jobs, union says - ABC Online

Bendigo Kangan TAFE to cut hundreds of jobs, union says - ABC Online | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Bendigo Kangan TAFE is cutting jobs despite the new Victorian Government's promise to reopen campuses.
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So much for Daniel Andrew's promises to rescue TAFE. Didn't take long. Must be taking lessons in breaking pre-election promises!

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Victorian Labor on Twitter

Victorian Labor on Twitter | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Gough Whitlam built our TAFE system and @DanielAndrewsMP will refuse to sit back and watch it die #vicvotes pic.twitter.com/iKmmfxCjNi
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The Liberal state governments around the country seem hell bent on decimating and destroying TAFE. Maybe the problem is that not enough of them have enough direct experience of TAFE to truly understand its critical importance.

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