Proposed Training Cuts
The Victorian Government is planning to slash even more from TAFE funding each year. The move will see education and training programs removed and whole facilities closed. Critics label the cuts as retrograde and a concern for employers, as well-trained employees will become scarce.
Filling the Skills Pool
The government believes the cutbacks are necessary as current tertiary funding policies have led to mass growth in “courses that lead nowhere”, producing an over-supply of people trained in areas such as fitness and aromatherapy. In a mere four years, enrolments in fitness training course increased by 1955 per cent, while retail service enrolments jumped 2700 per cent.
Effects to Education
Unions and TAFE providers slam the move, which will rip millions from the sector, as the biggest mistake in Victoria’s education history. While Melbourne intuitions are removing up to 100 training courses from their curriculum, the effects are felt most by regional areas. TAFE is a vital part of the social, cultural and economic fabric of the community. Well over 500 teaching and support staff in regional Victoria are impacted by the cut and 190 employees in Bendigo are estimated to lose their jobs.
Training and Assessment Courses
These decisions bring to light the importance education and training programs, like the Cert IV Training and Assessment, in creating a skilled labour force for Australia.
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