A once-in-a-decade State of our TAFE survey conducted by the Australian Education Union (AEU) of more than 1,000 staff from all of the provider’s institutions has laid bare the real impacts, with staff “demoralised”, students missing out on classes and funding reduced to a decade low.
The results have shown overall, staff engagement has fallen from 56 per cent last year to 49 per cent this year. Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee has tasked the managing director of TAFE NSW to direct the executive leadership team to visit all campuses and listen to the concerns of TAFE NSW staff so urgent action can be taken to improve.
More than $6.4 million on 8 different contracts to various firms to provide advice and services across the TAFE sector has been spent between June 2018 and September 2019 by the NSW government. The government is half-way through amalgamating its once 10 separate institutes into one central entity referred to as “OneTAFE reforms”.
The awards hosted in Queensland this year was held on Thursday night and recognised excellence achieved by individuals, businesses and registered training organisations in the VET sector. TAFE featured strongly with Sunraysia Institute of TAFE winning Large Training Provider of the Year Award and TAFE Queensland acknowledged with the International Training Provider of the Year Award
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Industry Leaders have called for TAFE to be at the centre of the rebuilding of the vocational education and training sector.