Most of TAFE NSW programs will be suspended from Monday until the end of April amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak.
Executive from TAFE NSW have been questioned over ongoing delays to the build of its $90 million Oracle-based student management system which is now not expected to be ready until 2021, two years later than originally planned.
Melbourne Polytechnic, one of Victoria’s largest TAFEs has disclosed this week a “highly complex” data breach, which occurred sometime between September and December 2018. The personal information of students and staff has been accessed in a data breach that exposed more than 50,000 files held on the institute’s IT systems.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee says he is open to community colleges and other non-TAFE providers using available TAFE facilities on a case-by-case basis in a budget estimates committee hearing yesterday.
The VET review commissioned by the NSW government aims to respond to challenges including a dramatic decline in VET participation and course completion rates. Close to half (47.5 per cent) of students who do enrol fail to complete their course. Its terms of reference will include how university courses might incorporate vocational education and training (VET) courses to help students become more job-ready.
Tasmania continues to perform better than the Australian average across most key indicators for apprentices and trainees with commencements increasing by 9.7 per cent in the 12 months to June according to its
Labor Government. Labor leader, Rebecca White has suggested their free TAFE policy for industries facing skills shortages would address issues in attracting workers and apprentices to construction sites and provide opportunities for Tasmanians young and old. The opposition has accused the government of not doing enough to build the state’s skilled workforce through TAFE, saying construction companies are struggling to obtain workers and apprentices for development projects.
Following the recent announcement of a review into TAFE NSW concerns have been raised that TAFE courses and campuses across the region could be cut by Shadow Minister for the Illawarra, Ryan Park.
The government has been accused of under the cover of a review looking at privatisation of TAFE NSW.
TAFE management has initiated 10 separate restructures “in order to make an immediate $15 million budget cut as part of a total of $45 million in cuts”.