The NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education has advised that most TAFE courses would be suspended from Monday with the exception of enrolled nursing and aged care courses which will continue. The suspension will enable TAFE NSW to concentrate on moving courses online for future delivery.
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.
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.
The Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) who is the professional body overseeing qualifications, has suspended Box Hill Institute’s accreditation to offer the Diploma of Community Services. The association has taken action after receiving numerous complaints from students and concerns about the significant reduction of work experience hours being offered.
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.