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Monday, 25 August 2014

Support Our Tafe Rally, 10.00am, August 28 at Coffs Harbour TAFE entrance

John Kaye, Greens MP and other speakers will rally at the entrance to Coffs Harbour TAFE in opposition to state government plans to privatise some courses.

Be there at 10.00am on August 28th.






 

"As the clock ticks down to the introduction of the Baird government’s devastating changes to the vocational education and training sector, time is running out for local communities.



Dr Kaye said: “TAFE has been hit hard by the Baird-Stoner government’s attacks on the public provision of vocational education and training.


“The Coffs Harbour TAFE college has been forced to slim down in preparation for the January 2015 launch of the Smart and Skilled training market when it will be dumped into an unwinnable contest with low cost, low quality private providers.


“Local students are facing massive fee increases. Heavily reduced face-to-face teaching hours threaten the safety and quality of the delivery of trades courses. Students with a disability will no longer receive extra support.




“The Greens vision is of an appropriately-resourced TAFE system where course quality or duration is not compromised or teachers exploited. Private providers should only be permitted to offer courses that even a sufficiently funded TAFE cannot.


“This campaign is about the future of a cohesive society and a strong economy. A world without TAFE is not worth the risk,” said Dr Kaye."

Excerpts from John Kaye's Website.

Smart and Skilled complex fee structure a barrier to entry to skills training



Documents obtained by the Greens reveal a mind-bogglingly complex fee structure for students under the Baird government’s new funding arrangements for vocational education and training to commence 1 January 2015. ‘Fee confusion a barrier to training’, The Australian, 31 July 2014 Greens NSW MP John Kaye said: “NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli claims his Smart […]

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August 1, 2014 in Campaigns, Education, Save TAFE






As the clock ticks down to the introduction of the Baird government’s devastating changes to the vocational education and training sector, time is running out for local communities in the Illawarra and South Coast to have their say about the future of TAFE, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Dr Kaye will be meeting with teachers and their union representatives in Wollongong, Bega and Moruya throughout the week to discuss the impacts of the Coalition’s Smart and Skilled training market on local TAFE colleges and the ability of young people in the region to access affordable quality skills training.
Check out the media coverage of the issue here: WIN News, 21 July 2014
‘Bega TAFE students rethink future under Smart and Skilled‘, Bega District News, 22 July 2014
‘Union fears closure of Dapto TAFE campus’, Illawarra Mercury, 22 July 2014
‘Stop TAFE cuts Bega forum on Tuesday‘, Bega District News, 21 July 2014
Dr Kaye said: “Illawarra TAFE has been hit hard by the Baird government’s attacks on the public provision of vocational education and training.
“Illawarra TAFE has been forced to slim down in preparation for the January 2015 launch of the Smart and Skilled training market when it will be dumped into an unwinnable contest with low cost, low quality private providers.
“Local students are facing massive fee increases. Heavily reduced face-to-face teaching hours threaten the safety and quality of the delivery of trades courses. Students with a disability will no longer receive extra support.
“It is no coincidence that the Greens chose Wollongong TAFE as the venue to launch our Save TAFE bill back in November last year.
“TAFE serves an essential public service in the Illawarra region which is facing a downturn in the manufacturing industries and a high youth unemployment rate.
“Funding for the public provider must be restored and the competitive training market abolished if the Illawarra Institute is to continue to offer its high quality education opportunities and unique services including second-chance education and specialised support for students with a disability or other learning needs.
“The campaign to secure TAFE’s future took a big step forward just before the NSW parliament commenced its winter recess last month when the Greens TAFE Changes Moratorium bill passed the NSW Upper House.
“The Greens bill will stop the budget cuts, fee increases and growth in private provider funding of the last three years. It will abolish the Smart and Skilled training market.
“The challenge now lies with Liberals and Nationals MPs. We will be making sure every constituent knows what their government has in the pipeline for their local TAFE.
“Several Coalition MPs including local Liberals Lee Evans (Heathcote), Gareth Ward (Kiama) and Shelley Hancock (South Coast) who signed the pre-March 2011 election 5 point pledge to support TAFE are also in our sights.
“They made a commitment to their local communities to guarantee TAFE funding, stop the privatisation of TAFE, increase permanent teaching positions and keep TAFE affordable to all.
“There is still time for them to fulfil their pre-election commitment to their communities. They can cross the floor and vote for the Greens bill when it is debated in the lower house later this year.
“We will also be taking our Save TAFE message directly to the electorate of Liberal Bega MP Andrew Constance, who, as Treasurer, has a massive say in the state’s budget allocation and must also be held accountable to his community who want to see TAFE remain not just viable, but thriving.
“The Greens welcome Labor’s support of our bill and look forward to working with them to create a secure future for TAFE to make it the highest quality public education facility it can be.
“The Greens vision is of an appropriately-resourced TAFE system where course quality or duration is not compromised or teachers exploited. Private providers should only be permitted to offer courses that even a sufficiently funded TAFE cannot.
“This campaign is about the future of a cohesive society and a strong economy. A world without TAFE is not worth the risk,” said Dr Kaye.
- See more at: http://johnkaye.org.au/greens-call-on-south-coast-liberal-mps-to-abandon-attacks-on-tafe/#sthash.ZnyOuoP6.dpuf

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