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Cost benefit analysis and returns from additional investment in vocational education and training
This report commissioned by TAFE Directors Australia and undertaken by Independent Economics, estimates the economy-wide benefits and costs, firstly of the committed funding increase under the National Agreement on Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD) and, secondly, of a larger expansion of VET funding. The real annual rate of return on additional investment in VET, targeted at Certificate III and above is estimated at a high 18%. This compares to returns on business investment that may be around 9%. Such high returns from VET support the case for further VET funding. See the Executive summary of the report.
Today the Australian Greens announced a $1.2 billion rescue package to revitalise TAFE. They also call on the Government to increase federal budget spending on TAFE and to ensure TAFE is the preferred provider of vocational education and training. TCA congratulates the Greens for their continuing stand in support of public education. NSW Greens education spokesperson John Kaye is a strong TCA supporter and has spoken at almost all TCA events. Full announcement ...
Models of Vocational Training Provision: Lessons from the Victorian Experience
"The independent think tank Per Capita has released a report: "Models of Vocational Training Provision: Lessons from the Victorian Experience". The report looks at what has happened in the VET system in Victoria over the last five years, and says that TAFE was the hardest hit, with institutes forced to cut courses, raise fees, or sack staff in order to offset their losses. The paper argues "that this is a false economy, as important capabilities that reside only in the TAFE system are being lost". The same could be said for NSW. Full report ..
What is happening in Queensland?
The Queensland State Government announced this week that it will increase contestability in its VET sector to include outsourcing the courses, but retaining the classrooms. Education Minister Paul Langbroek said:
In places where people are not choosing to use the TAFE as a TAFE, then we should encourage the private provider to come in, they pay us rent, they pay us an income, to provide courses that people want to do.
He claimed that this was not privatisation.
The 2012 Audit report in Victoria, just released, shows that operating results for TAFEs are still declining, with one third of TAFEs facing a serious risk as to their sustainability. The report also showed that TAFEs were more reliant on tuition fees for generating a major portion of their operating revenue. These results are due to funding cuts and the introduction of the competitive training market. Download the full text
Do you know what the Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott thinks of TAFE and VET? In his 2011 budget speech, he made his views clear with: ‘I’m all in favour of training but first things first: the best training is on-the-job’. Apart from that, he has ignored discussion of or support for TAFE. See the new research report from Chris Stone at CPD – False Economies – Doing less with less
Read subsmissions to the inquiry including Tony Vinson, John Mitchell, WAVE, AVETRA, TAFE Outreach, NSW ALNC, Vinnies (Falzon), UnitingCare and more from Unions, professional bodies, industry and community groups
This recent article in the NTEU journal 'Advocate' might be of interest.
"Student choices about what to study and where to study should be based on their aspirations and on merit. These decisions should not be distorted by financial considerations such as ability to pay or manipulation of choices offered to students based on which courses provide the highest return to providers." Page1 page 2
TCA meet with TAFE NSW
Representatives from the TAFE Community Alliance participated in a consultation for 'Let's talk about TAFE', being conducted by the TAFE Commission Board for the Minister for Education on 8 April.
- what is the role of TAFE?
- how does TAFE remain relevant and competitive?
- and why choose TAFE?
What did we say?
- Education is not a business
- Communities value TAFE as it is
- TAFE provides quality courses and quality teachers
- VET is more than an industry-led system, it is for community too
- TAFE should value and support its staff