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News Media Releases Tradies and lecturers expose TAFE cuts
Tradies and lecturers expose TAFE cuts
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00
MEDIA RELEASE   30 January 2013
Tradies and lecturers expose TAFE cuts
The State School Teachers’ Union of WA, representing TAFE lecturers and the WA Jobs from WA Resources group today released new figures detailing $50 million in TAFE funding cuts since the Barnett Government came to office.  TAFE lecturers and tradies will be handing out flyers at public transport stations and depots across Perth on Wednesday 30 January to highlight concerns in the lead up to the WA state election.
Pat Byrne, Vice President of the State School Teachers’ Union of WA said:
“Since coming to office the Barnett Government has reduced TAFE funding by $50 million.
“Polytechnic West covering eastern metropolitan Perth including Midlands and Gosnells has had funding cut by $11.5 million.
“Over the same period private training providers have had their funding increased by more than $50 million.
“The trend towards privatisation is clear.
“New systems for spending of Commonwealth training money must be decided upon by the WA Government. Before the election Barnett and McGowan should come clean about what they propose.
“Privatising TAFE means higher fees, fewer TAFE courses, campus closures and, ultimately, poorer workforce skills.
Steve McCartney, a fitter by trade, and spokesperson for WA Jobs from WA Resources as well as Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said:
“Larger and especially smaller engineering companies are folding as they wait for Simon O’Brien’s failed ten-point plan for local content to work.
“These companies can’t put on apprentices due to a lack of work, meaning that we have thousands of young people who are unable to get or complete an apprenticeship.
“Failing to address the local content and TAFE funding problems in WA is denying our kids an education, a job and a future.
“Private training providers focus on improving their profits, often by cutting corners and costs which lower training standards.  They tend to market short and low skill courses.
“The AMWU supports TAFE and putting more funding into the valuable outcomes they deliver for our kids.”
Pat Byrne and Steve McCartney are available for comment.
Further information:
Details of TAFE funding cuts are sourced from answers provided by Minister Collier to Parliamentary Question LC6330.
See www.TAFE4ALLWA.org.au
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

The State School Teachers’ Union of WA, representing TAFE lecturers and the WA Jobs from WA Resources group today released new figures detailing $50 million in TAFE funding cuts since the Barnett Government came to office.

TAFE lecturers and tradies handed out flyers at public transport stations and depots across Perth on Wednesday 30 January to highlight concerns in the lead up to the WA state election.

 

Pat Byrne, Vice President of the State School Teachers’ Union of WA said:

“Since coming to office the Barnett Government has reduced TAFE funding by $50 million.

“Polytechnic West covering eastern metropolitan Perth including Midlands and Gosnells has had funding cut by $11.5 million.

“Over the same period private training providers have had their funding increased by more than $50 million. 

“The trend towards privatisation is clear.

“New systems for spending of Commonwealth training money must be decided upon by the WA Government. Before the election Barnett and McGowan should come clean about what they propose.

“Privatising TAFE means higher fees, fewer TAFE courses, campus closures and, ultimately, poorer workforce skills.

 

Steve McCartney, a fitter by trade, and spokesperson for WA Jobs from WA Resources as well as Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said: 

“Larger and especially smaller engineering companies are folding as they wait for Simon O’Brien’s failed ten-point plan for local content to work.

“These companies can’t put on apprentices due to a lack of work, meaning that we have thousands of young people who are unable to get or complete an apprenticeship.

“Failing to address the local content and TAFE funding problems in WA is denying our kids an education, a job and a future.

“Private training providers focus on improving their profits, often by cutting corners and costs which lower training standards.  They tend to market short and low skill courses.

“The AMWU supports TAFE and putting more funding into the valuable outcomes they deliver for our kids.”

Pat Byrne and Steve McCartney are available for comment.

Further information: Details of TAFE funding cuts are sourced from answers provided by Minister Collier to Parliamentary Question LC6330.
See www.TAFE4ALLWA.org.au

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