Election 16

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Send a letter to your local Federal MP/candidates

Here is a letter based on one that TCA has used.  Fill in the gaps, and send off to your local Federal MP/on your candidates.  Help ensure that they support TAFE too.

#occupations4TAFE

Download our selfie #occupations4TAFE and join the campaign to let pollies know how many of us support TAFE and are benefiting from our TAFE experience. Just the pic will do or tell us your story in a nutshell!

Upload to twitter with #occupations4TAFE @tafecomall or Facebook with same as above and tag TAFE Community Alliance or load to our instagram. None of those options take your fancy? Email it to us using button below!

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Social Media

Media Releases

Who Owns TAFE

A Future for TAFE

TAFE ChampionsTCA Spokespersons

Jozefa SobskiJozefa Sobski:
profile & archive of speeches & letters

Linda SimonsLinda Simon:
Profile & speeches

 

Pollies TalkTAFE

Party Statements

Jon Black is the Managing Director of TAFE NSW

The Hon John Barilaro MP is Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business - which includes TAFE NSW

Sharon Bird Shadow Minister for Vocational Education

Marrickville Council Leads the way

Marrickville Council resolution re TAFE

Senate Inquiry into TAFE pdf

IPART response pdf

NSW Parliamentary Economic Development Committee

"The Committee finds that TAFE NSW is the backbone of vocational education and training in NSW and that to achieve the state’s economic and social priorities it is vital that TAFE NSW receives appropriate and adequate funding."

To read full report pdf

Report on False Economies

Read the report from Centre for Policy Development. pdfIt is their series on False Economies. TAFE is referred to in the report where there is comparison of the work of TAFE and private RTOs.  

Enterprise Agreement Negotiations

TAFE NSW and AEU NSW Teachers Federation met on 21 July and 5 August in negotiations for a new enterprise agreement for TAFE teachers and related employees. more

Laughing Assassins Pleased with Scholarships

'Fees were raised for more than half of TAFE courses this year, with some reaching $10,000, under the NSW government's market reforms. The collapse of a new computer enrolment system meanwhile prevented thousands of students from enrolling.' Read more...

Opposition's Education Spokesman

David Harris, said the 2,000 job losses had led to bigger class sizes.

"Students are starting to suffer," he said.

"We're seeing problems with enrolment and supporting students in their learning.

"We're seeing hours having to be cut to deliver courses and we're seeing students not being able to have access to equipment."

#occupations4TAFE

The National Scandal

Whilst the TAFE Community Alliance welcomes the opportunity to participate in the discussion paper and to contribute to the options presented, we also want to put it clearly on the record that we are appalled at the national scandal that has been propagated through the implementation of VET FEE-HELP. It is a national scandal and we are surprised that governments have not acknowledged that it is so. $2.9 billion has been borrowed tofund VET FEE-HELP loans as of 2015, and the paper acknowledges that the Government does not expect a large proportion of these loans to be repaid. In saying this, the Government must also be acknowledging that a large proportion of these loans were inappropriately made.

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John Kaye - TAFE Hero

This week we lost a great man, a friend and a tireless campaigner for TAFE. The rallies will never seem the same without John at our side.

John Kaye TAFE hero

Bipartisan Catastrophe

"What started as a bipartisan Commonwealth strategy to privatise vocational education and training (VET) by enhancing skills through a dynamic competitive market, has ended with allegations of corruption and malfeasance. Worse than that, it has resulted in the deskilling of Australia and $3 billion in dubious VET loans, part of an estimated $13 billion blowout in all unrecoverable student loans to 2017."

Read more pdf

Government Report Endorses Labor TAFE Policy

The Turnbull Government’s own report on the review of the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform, released today, has proven that Labor’s National Partnership Agreement did require TAFE to be protected and also provided evidence that this has not been the case under the Abbott/ Turnbull Governments.

The TAFE plunder

How to lose $4 billion without even trying.

The federal government's botched vocational education and training scheme has cost taxpayers $6 billion. TAFEs, unable to compete with the private institutions, have been forced to close and thousands of teachers have lost their jobs. ReporterPaddy Manning investigates the rorting and the incompetence.

Transcript

Audio

TAFEs shabby treatment

'The state government’s Smart and Skilled policy for vocational training is at the very least misname. It is discouraging would-be students from signing up to gain skills. Nothing smart about that, one would think. "

'TAFE was once the part of the education system that helped individuals negotiate the sometimes difficult transition from school to work.

It provided not only vocational education pure and simple, but also a safety net for those who had abandoned school early and subsequently wanted to return to the education system, whether to improve their work qualifications, or to broaden their minds.

It was an organic, flexible organisation that could offer students from different backgrounds, and in a wide range of personal circumstances, a way to improve themselves.

Now that schooling to the end of you 12 is, for better or worse, virtually compulsory, there is less need for that remedial role.

As universities, competing desperately for students, offer more and more vocational training courses which lead to a degree, not just a certificate, TAFE finds itself squeezed on several sides.

Both those trends, however, should be questioned. For many young people, schools are uncongenial and discouraging prices; more of them should be encouraged into TAFE courses.

Universities both demean their status and waste money by offering courses more appropriate for TAFE. Funding for education, like everything else, is limited, and must be made to stretch as far as possible.

Governments federal and state should think long and hard before they allow a sector of education as useful and as efficient as TAFE to expire through neglect. "

Read more...

Who we are

The TAFE Community Alliance is an advocacy and strategy group that recognises the central role of the public VET provider in the building of social, cultural and economic capacity of communities across NSW. The Alliance campaigns to maintain TAFE's central role in vocational education and training.

What we do

The TAFE Community Alliance campaigns for TAFE. It is open to teachers, educational staff, community members, industry members and others. Our immediate plans include:

point Raise funds for our campaign. If you would like to make a donation, you should make a direct debit: TAFE Comm Alliance, BSB: 012372, Account No: 2086 95147
point Create awareness of the effects of the competitive training market and loss of funding for TAFE
point Work with other groups interested in pursuing this campaign, including community groups, professional associations, industry groups, unions and political parties
point Provide case studies of TAFE's role in changing lives and the community
point Communicate with media and social networks

TCA is appalled that the Baird Government continues to take even more funding from TAFE, and increase student fees above already unreasonable rates. Fees are obviously going to keep increasing, making an entitlement model a joke. Contact your local State MP and protest

Shift in focus

Through Smart and Skilled NSW, the NSW Government has moved the focus of VET from education, quality educational infrastructure and meeting students’ needs to a business that primarily is concerned with the needs of employers, industry and private profit to the exclusion of the former. 

As part of its advocacy role, the Alliance sought a commitment from political parties in NSW prior to the last state elections, to ensure that TAFE should exist and be supported by government to provide quality training incorporating ongoing development of appropriate educational pedagogy.  The statement of commitment published by the TAFE Community Alliance said: “We expect a commitment to a statewide publicly-owned technical and further education system.  We expect this system to grow and flourish as it meets the priorities of educational, social and industry policy.  We do not expect this system to operate like a business to break even or make a profit, but a public education and training system serving society efficiently and providing value and quality for the public dollar.”

These are two opposite ends of the spectrum. 

https://m.soundcloud.com/radio-skid-row/wake-up-with-gideon-community-a-fair-and-tafe-interview-25-06-14

Jozefa Sobski Statement to Senate Inquirypdf

"The TCA views TAFE as a public education and training system for building a productive and skilled workforce and an inclusive and fair society."

TCA VFH Senate Submission

We want to put on record the damage that the wider application of VET FEE-HELP has made to the VET system, its providers and students. Submissionpdf

Why so long?

Why has it taken the Government and the ACCC so long to realise the money that was being ripped out of the system, and the students being taken for a ride?

The ABC reports the consumer watchdog targeting a second private training college, alleging it signed up vulnerable people — some with intellectual disabilities — and citing problems with the Government's VET FEE-HELP system.

TCA Letter to Minister Barilaro

'The TAFE Community Alliance welcomed both your freeze on TAFE fees and the reduction of fees for some pathways courses. ...' Read the letterpdf

TCA Letter to PM

'The Alliance has been particularly concerned at the impact of VET reforms on the quality and sustainability of TAFE Institutes across the country...' Read the letterpdf

Flaws of free-market thinking

Senator Simon Birmingham says the low completion rates are "absolutely unacceptable. See Letters to the editor: "Governments constantly call for more skilled workers, yet at the same time have cut the funding to TAFE so significantly, that it is just a shadow of its former self. Courses are being closed, hours cut and fees are also out of the reach of many Australians. Is this the sort of vocational education system we want in Australia?"

The state budget revealed 83,000 fewer students enrolled in 2015 than in 2012, despite a $2-billion investment this year.

Short sighted and damaging
School leavers vote with their feet
Ghost town campus

Students hit hard - TCA Repsonse

WAVE National Conference 2015

WAVE partnered with Manufacturing Skills Australia to hold its national conference entitled 'Leaders, teachers, learners, leavers:  Women in the Australian VET market'.

No matter who you are TAFE is open to everyone.

TAFE gives everyone a second chance, the opportunity to learn skills for employment and an opportunity to contribute to the community. If you are uncertain about your career or need more education and training; TAFE has always been there - affordable, accessible - providing great quality education and professional specialist student support. There is a TAFE College in every community across NSW.