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Cheryl Bridge says: I spent 3 years at Wollongong TAFE in a printmaking (creative arts) course. My memories of the teacher and course content still make me smile and I am still proud of the artworks I created. The whole experience was supportive and memorable. Please allow TAFE to continue to support artists in NSW. It's too good to lose.
Sarah James says: Vocational Education changes lives, please consider the cost of the courses and make it affordable for all!!!
Dave Lardner says: TAFE has but now to a lesser extent due to fee rises and course cuts, played a pivotal role for Aboriginal peoples in further training and learning opportunities, especially in rural and remote communities and townships. My own experience in TAFE training opportunity has been provided me with necessary skills and knowledges to be a beeter informed person. TAFE is vital to all students, especially those where schools are not a conducive place to learning. Now my own son is affected by this 'masked' Smart and Skilled' policy whereby TAFE is being squeezed into an obvious exile and closure.
George Galouzis says: As a former student and employer of students i find it distressing that the take system has not been supported by our current government. As a HVAC contractor i have completed my Cert 3 trade and engineering diploma through TAFE and now employ 2 Apprentices currently studying at TAFE and additionally 4 employees that have completed there trades through TAFE. I believe TAFE is critical part of the development of our future trades people, it has given me personally the skills to master my trade and offer my employees the skills to perform there duty's to there best of there ability focusing on safety, environment, compliance, and level of workmanship. I fear for the quality of training through a private system and fear we will be doing them a great injustice if we are not offering them the best possible training which TAFE is currently offering.
Norm Mackenzie says: I would like to register my dismay with the NSW Government's negligent approach to TAFE. Why trash an institution that delivered so much for so many for so long? TAFE training provided me with the skills that allowed me to obtain continuous well paid para-professional work over my 40 year working life. Unable to gain entry to the university course of my choice (Engineering) I found a very viable alternative at TAFE. The TAFE teachers were of a very high standard as was the practical training that I received. A NSW public education and TAFE training was the foundation of my whole working life. My son studied Human Resources at TAFE after dropping out of University. TAFE training has allowed him to obtain manager level employment where he uses his skills in a multi national company to hire people from here and overseas. I believe NSW TAFE has delivered excellent outcomes for my family, our employers and the State of NSW. Are the changes being made justified or simply the blind expression of a conservative ideology? I totally disagree with the current Government's approach to TAFE. I believe it lacks vision and is driven by privatization zealots. Under the current government's approach TAFE students, many of whom may not currently be employed are forced into debt by unrealistically high fees. I see the TAFE staff cuts and the push towards privatization as another mistake to be paid for by future generations and will be a disaster the people of NSW and our economy. I say to those in positions of power, feel free to legitimately improve TAFE but please do not destroy it.
helen says: As a high school teacher I saw the value for so many students furthering their education via TAFE rather than staying at high school which was irrelevant and soul destroying to their learning needs. Once I left teaching I wanted a career chnage and decided to go to TAFE to tudy tourism. However, the only TAFE offereing this was about 60km and 1 1/2hours from where I live. I found I could do a lot of the course by remote online learning. Great! However, due to my previous studies and my professional experiences, I was entitled to a significant amount of RPL. Despite this I would need to pay the full fee of $6000 to get accreditation ( despite already having paid TAFE fees in past to gain the credentials I was given RPL for). At approx $22 per hour, I would need to work for 275 hours before I broke even. Decision: don't bother to re train.. a loss to the economy of another senior worker. If I paid lots to private provider I could get same credential in a few weeks.. I deemed it not worth it as no real training would occur.
Helen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
linda groome says: As a teenage migrant in the late 60's I disengaged from school. In my early 20's I attended TAFE to complete my HSC and went on to do teacher training and eventually a Master in Education. TAFE was a great pathway for me. School is not for everyone and many young people fall through the gap. TAFE, historically has had quality teachers and a vigorous curriculum. It has also been affordable for those young people who want to pick up the pieces and continue their education. And for that matter more mature people. Australia needs an equitable education system where all have the opportunity to reach their potential.The cuts to the TAFE system is another nail in the coffin for our public education system and a more educated Australia.
Rosemary Adams says: The cuts to Tafe is not the right thing to do. A lot of people can not afford the high cost fees, you are making people who have no money go into debt or miss out on a good education which is Wrong.You do not can about people you only care about Money What about the beautiful teachers we have they will also loose their jobs. Do Not Privatise LEAVE OUR TAFE ALONE snd help keep them open we need them,
Peter says: i got my start at Mt Druitt Tafe in 1980, my two sons also attended Mt Druitt and Nirimba Tafe to gain their trade certificates. We need Tafe to train our youth and NSW needs TAFE to make this a better more productive place to live.
Jane Yong says: As a family of late bloomers the TAFE system has allowed our children to grow and develop. e.g. I have a nephew who went to TAFE after a poor HSC did a Diploma in Civil Engineering, followed by an honours degree in Civil Engineering and went straight into paid employment. My son did a Sport Development Diploma and then went on to a degree in Education. I fully respect the TAFE system and am very angry at the dismanteling of a system that gives late bloomers a leg up, supports migrants whose educational background has been disjointed throgh language difficulties or conflict. TAFE provides tradesmen for the future. TAFE a system that needs supporting and reinforcing. I have been to TAFE to learn how to sew. In the country the local TAFE provided a social network for otherwise isolated people. NB Not all people need to go to university, it does not provide all the skill base needed in our community. Please do not dismantle this fantastuic institution.
Andrew willis says: we should not be cutting funds for tafe we should be investing in our future
Matthew strachan says: I'm currently studying at mt druitt TAFE in a pre-apprenticeship in plumbing and I would like to get a job out of it
Mark Young says: I was required to complete a Maritime competency by my employer. The staff at Hunter TAFE were enormously accommodating in recognising my prior learning, scheduling my course work around my employment and assisting me in any way I requested to gain competency. This is a wonderful example of education and business working together to have qualified and capable workers. I would hate to see this go.
Lisa McBride says: I want to help support TAFE as best I can as it has helped my daughter so much
sylvia Wall says: Its an absolute disgrace ...cuts to Tafe education makes absolutely no sense...our trades people will not get the necessary skills from the private sector .I have taught at a tafe and I have studied at one and I certainly could not have achieved my accreditation by other means.It is essential in countries ,students need to be able to attend further education facilities without having to travel to the city or to attempt to do it online ....
Harry says: My girlfriend enrolled into TAFE only a few weeks ago. She's studying programming. She titters with excitement every time she tells me about something new that she learned in class. Everything she learns is practical and useful. TAFE provides her with an opportunity to learn and an avenue for her to achieve her goals. Education should be about providing more opportunities to people. Public education systems such as TAFE allow this. Stop the cuts.
Laura Williams says: yo stop the tape cuts.
Daniel Tax says: I finished my HSC at TAFE then went on to finish an apprenticeship as a chef at TAFE, I studied Japanese at TAFE and then went to Cook in Japan, Now my wife studies early Childhood at TAFE and without TAFE we would not have jobs.
Tony Quist says: I retired from PS teaching in 2010. As I neared my retirement date I looked forward to opportunities to teach part time within the TAFE system. As well, I saw that TAFE could provide additional skills and qualifications within my interest area video production. To meet the TAFE teaching requirements I achieved my the Cert. 4 Training and Assessment certificate in 2011 . With this in hand I submitted applications to teach in local TAFEs' , attended a number of enrollment information sessions and canvassed by phone and foot the local TAFE colleges. As time went on it became apparent that I was competing with a great number of other disillusioned and perplexed applicants for positions that were somehow promised to miraculously appear. At that point in 2012 , I began working to achieve my second goal within TAFE. I enrolled and was accepted to commence a Certificate 4 Course in Screen Media at Wollongong. I enjoyed the full time attendance with other students, working and learning within my field of interest . I felt accepted by them and the teaching staff. As the year progressed I along with other students became aware that a major change in the course structure was being planned. It was disappointing and depressing to hear from discussions with senior lecturing staff that they were becoming distracted from their normal lecture loads to seek future employment outside the TAFE system. I recall a few instances chancing to see our head/department lecturer studying reams of graphs and numbers.On two occasions she confided with me that these were documents to gain data for the State government/Education Department.to enact staffing and course structure changes. I recall looking at her and thinking it was as if she was constructing the gallows for her own 'execution'. At the close of the year I had my Certificate 4 qualification. With uncertainty in terms of delivery and course fees I along with a number of other students was unable to commit to furthering my studies. I am still in contact with people I know from that year. They tell me that the course has been dumbed down and restructured and has been delivered across University and TAFE campus by limited numbers of lecturers. All in all, for me, TAFE could have been an avenue for me to combine past teaching skills in new learning environments and as well allow me to enhance my interest areas. Sadly by adopting a short sighted 'penny pinching' strategy our State government has severely constrained any opportunities for retired folk such as myself to use the amazing scope of learning and teaching that the TAFE system up until now has provided.
Valda Lucchinelli says: Tafe is a very important place for Ozzie people to educate themselves be it either with short courses or longer courses.To have this easy and what was cheap form of education encourages and gets people who are less able and less likely to become more educated.If we want a sophisticated society for our kids and grand kids to live in we MUST continue we accessible education options for people for whom University is out of their reach or just plane scary after not having an encouraging experience at High School. Please save the things that make our Australian society so great.
Visva Kumar says: TAFE supplies the best resource needed in Australia (ie., Man power) Way to go TAFE.. Please don't cut TAFE and stop our own from becoming skilled. Thanks
tony Morrissey says: there was an error in my submission. I have attached the correct submission Tony Morrissey 20 Gibson Place Chifley NSW 2036 29 July 2015 9311 4598 0407 077 250 Tony Morrissey submission NSW Upper house enquiry into TAFE Please note this submission supersede the submission submitted on the 27 July 1. I have been teaching TAFE part time for 20 years. I started back in 1983 teaching the Electrical Engineering certificate at St George TAFE. For the last 10 years I have been teaching part time at Petersham, St George and Ultimo. I was teaching subject in the Electrical Engineering diploma but since the increase in TAFE fees has resulted in lack of students so 2. Historically the State Governments of the 1960’s and even earlier in the 1880’s realised the vital importance of having a skilled workforce and made engineering courses easily affordable and available in the majority TAFE colleges in NSW. The colleges also encouraged people who left school early to go back to TAFE to be retrained or to complete their Higher School Certificate. 3. As a baby boomer I was encouraged after completing my Electrical Trade Course to do the TAFE Electrical Engineering Certificate (Certificate IV) in the 1970. The course fee was only $26 a year which is equivalent in today`s money is $300. While doing the course I was encouraged by the dedicated TAFE teachers to go on to university. The course gave me the skills, knowledge and desire to complete an Electrical Engineering Degree at UNSW. 4. Under the Mike Baird TAFE Smart & Skilled program the fee for Certificate IV in engineering has gone up to $20, 000 while the fee to do a trade course is $11,830 and 95% of TAFE colleges are not running Certificate IV in engineering. This hike in TAFE fees has resulted in in a 30,000 drop in student intake in 2015 and consequently the sacking of 2500 TAFE teachers. 5. The beginning of the year all part time TAFE teachers at St George, Petersham and Ultimo were sacked. In addition the electrical trade section at Ultimo lost their clerical staff consequently putting more stress on the head teacher. 6. Three weeks ago due a teacher suddenly becoming ill I was called up to take his class. The students complained that they have three different teachers for that subject 7. At Petersham TAFE the manager of TAFE did not renew the contract of electrical trade teacher who had been teaching for five years consequently I was called in to take over three of his classes 8. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to realised that closing down courses at Petersham TAFE that at the end of this year Petersham TAFE will close. 9. The new computer system installed is a complete failure. Not user friendly 10. Baird Government prefer training option is for young people to seek private providers who are conducting a mass advertising campaign to signed up disadvantage students under pretense that don’t have to paid up front but can access the VETT FEE Help . I was recently contacted by a private provider asking whether I would like to do a course but when I told her that I was 67 years old she hung up. One private provider is offering a course to become a Licensed Builder in 3 months. As revealed in recent current affair program private providers able to offer HEC loans has jumped from 7 in 2008 to 247 in 2014. One private provider enrolled 38,213 students and only 2,058 completed their course 11. Because of the increase fees the younger generation are turning their back on TAFE and have no desired to do a part time six year engineering course at the University of Technology Sydney This has resulted in our younger generation being denied the opportunity of gaining further knowledge and skills in their respective trade. Consequently employers have been forced to go overseas for technical staff on 457 Visa and our young people are being denied the opportunity of having a meaning full and challenging job 12. Our society is going to pay dearly for the 457 Visa as we should be training our younger generation. These 457 Visa Technicians are not as competent as in house trained technicians. This has been clearly demonstrated when talking to a power station operator in the Hunter Region. The operator advised that since the power stations have taken on technical staff on 457 visa there has been more generator units trips. Each generator unit trip cost the taxpayers over $100,000 in fuel oil as the boiler has to be purged and fire up on oil. 13. I really think we should follow the German example. They don't put a university course above a TAFE course and they are really fanatical about maintaining the highest professional standards. 14. The German Government know and try to ensure that their citizens are efficient and super trained. Only a productive and efficient workforce can maintain productivity and profits. That is why they can sell cars to the Chinese and pay their workers $40 an hour. They sell more to the Chinese than the Chinese buy from them. 15. If we want to have an expanding economy in 21’s century we must increase productivity and this can only be achieved by having educated workforce. Increasing TAFE fees and abolishing courses is not the solution Regards Tony Morrissey BSc (ENG) UNSW, SMIEEE
Ian Willis says: support tafe
Melanie Lloyd says: I completed a short course at TAFE during my maternity leave from my full time teaching position. The course was geared towards using the Adobe Creative Suite for business. I had been looking for a course to give me some basic graphic design skills. 2 weeks of the 10 week program covered what I had been searching for unsuccessfully for quite a few years. I had no time for a full degree or part time study, I wanted a short course, at night so that my children could be cared for. It was brilliant. I loved being back in a learning position and the whole 10 weeks gave me enough skills to come home and learn more about the software on my own. I have used those skills within my own personal business, which is extremely successful. I have been somewhat of a trailblazer in a niche field that is now rapidly expanding across the world. There should be more courses offered, not less.
Marianne Wagner says: I was a full-time teacher in TAFE for 29 years until my retirement at the end of January 2015. When I started working part-time in TAFE in 1984, the system was the envy of the world. Second chance education was brilliant for those who had not managed to qualify in the school system for their career of choice. Vocational language support for adults from non-English speaking countries enabled them to enter and successfully complete stage 1 vocational subjects without getting stuck on an endless English language merry-go-round. Of course, by the year 2000, things were going downhill rapidly and steadily. In the name of endless restructuring and remorseless cuts TAFE has been all but destroyed. It is now, figuratively speaking, one minute before midnight for a system which has served the public so well for so long. The demise of TAFE will leave a void which private providers can never fill.
Karen Van Es says: Dear Sir/Madam I have worked as a Career Adviser at two Sydney high schools during the last 10 years. Over that time I have sent over 500 students to TAFE to complete their TAFE Vocational Education and Training courses - TVET. TAFE The Northern Sydney Institute offers a great pathway for students who want to enter university and/or work. Schools need a pathway for students who do not want to complete all Level A courses. Some students are disengaged and need that extra course at TAFE to complete their Higher School Certificate. Every child is different. Well done to the staff at NSI. Your service and support for our students has been outstanding. As a teacher I have also completed numerous TAFE courses like IT and HR to top up my skills. Adults work for 50 years and now the cost of short courses to up-date skills has increased greatly. Thanks Karen Van Es
Natasha Cutbush says: I wuld not be hear in my position without TAFE. Tafe has allowed me to reach my full educational potential, through felixible delivery offered at OTEN I have been able to complete my Diploma. Tafe has counsellors to assist when we need it. Tafe recognised my industry skills and this allowed me to fast track my studies. The teacher are industry current. NSW would be far worse off without TAFE.
Sue Toomer says: My son did not do well in his HSC. He went to TAFE and discovered a great interest in Civil Engineering. He then went to university where he achieved first class honours. TAFE gave my son the opportunity to learn from inspiring teachers and also gain practical skills such as surveying which complements his university education. I thank the TAFE system for my son's opportunities and achievements.
David Turner says: As a Careers Practitioner I have 20 years experience with School - TAFE course and student pathways. The reduction on TAFE funding has disadvantage my students both whilst at school and post school. Of particular concern is this funding impact on the low economic group and particularly in country areas. Private RTO"S may offer many options for students however the overall cost is more expensive and families/students decline. Is this just another City vs the Bush decision and token gesture paid towards the country people. RETURN THE FUNDING.
Mathew Dollisson says: My parents were not wealthy. When I was young I was unemployed for a time. I started going to TAFE and experienced success. TAFE had helped to open my eyes to more possibilities. The chain of confidence that built upon, meant I moved on to University and graduated with Distinction. At the end of my studies I was targeted for an immediate full-time position. I have been a productive tax-paying member of society ever since. I attribute a large portion of that usefulness to my experiences in courses at a regional community TAFE at an affordable cost. It is a wrong against another generation to cut funds to TAFE. Sincerely yours, MD.
Ram pratap says: TAFE helped learn Retail Services. This course has enabled me to teach this course to students who are not highly academically gifted. These students have been able to complete the course and are able to find jobs. Some have even progressed to further studies using Retail Services as a base.
Tony Morrissey says: Please find my submission Tony Morrissey 20 Gibson Place Chifley NSW 2036 27 July 2015 9311 4598 0407 077 250 Tony Morrissey submission NSW Upper house enquiry into TAFE 1. I have been teaching TAFE part time for 20 years. I started back in 1983 teaching the Electrical Engineering certificate at St George TAFE. For the last 10 years I have been teaching part time at Petersham, St George and Ultimo. I was teaching subject in the Electrical Engineering diploma but since the increase in TAFE fees has resulted in lack of students so 2. Historically the State Governments of the 1960’s and even earlier in the 1880’s realised the vital importance of having a skilled workforce and made engineering courses easily affordable and available in the majority TAFE colleges in NSW. The colleges also encouraged people who left school early to go back to TAFE to be retrained or to complete their Higher School Certificate. 3. As a baby boomer I was encouraged after completing my Electrical Trade Course to do the TAFE Electrical Engineering Certificate (Certificate IV) in the 1970. The course fee was only $26 a year which is equivalent in today`s money is $300. While doing the course I was encouraged by the dedicated TAFE teachers to go on to university. The course gave me the skills, knowledge and desire to complete an Electrical Engineering Degree at UNSW. 4. Under the Mike Baird TAFE Smart & Skilled program the fee for Certificate IV in engineering has gone up to $20, 000 while the fee to do a trade course is $11,830 and 95% of TAFE colleges are not running Certificate IV in engineering. This hike in TAFE fees has resulted in in a 30,000 drop in student intake in 2015 and consequently the sacking of 2500 TAFE teachers. 5. The beginning of the year all part time TAFE teachers at St George, Petersham and Ultimo were sacked. In addition the electrical trade section at Ultimo lost their clerical staff consequently putting more stress on the head teacher. This lack of clerical support has resulted in the Electrical Head Trade teacher at Petersham quitting and returning back to her original college 6. Three weeks ago due a teacher suddenly becoming ill I was called up to take his class. The students complained that they have three different teachers for that subject 7. At Petersham TAFE the manager of TAFE did not renew the contract of electrical trade teacher who had been teaching for five years consequently I was called in to take over three of his classes 8. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to realised that closing down courses at Petersham TAFE that at the end of this year Petersham TAFE will close. 9. Baird Government prefer training option is for young people to seek private providers who are conducting a mass advertising campaign to signed up disadvantage students under pretense that don’t have to paid up front but can access the VETT FEE Help . I was recently contacted by a private provider asking whether I would like to do a course but when I told her that I was 67 years old she hung up. One private provider is offering a course to become a Licensed Builder in 3 months. As revealed in recent current affair program private providers able to offer HEC loans has jumped from 7 in 2008 to 247 in 2014. One private provider enrolled 38,213 students and only 2,058 completed their course 10. Because of the increase fees the younger generation are turning their back on TAFE and have no desired to do a part time six year engineering course at the University of Technology Sydney This has resulted in our younger generation being denied the opportunity of gaining further knowledge and skills in their respective trade. Consequently employers have been forced to go overseas for technical staff on 457 Visa and our young people are being denied the opportunity of having a meaning full and challenging job 11. Our society is going to pay dearly for the 457 Visa as we should be training our younger generation. These 457 Visa Technicians are not as competent as in house trained technicians. This has been clearly demonstrated when talking to a power station operator in the Hunter Region. The operator advised that since the power stations have taken on technical staff on 457 visa there has been more generator units trips. Each generator unit trip cost the taxpayers over $100,000 in fuel oil as the boiler has to be purged and fire up on oil. 12. I really think we should follow the German example. They don't put a university course above a TAFE course and they are really fanatical about maintaining the highest professional standards. 13. The German Government know and try to ensure that their citizens are efficient and super trained. Only a productive and efficient workforce can maintain productivity and profits. That is why they can sell cars to the Chinese and pay their workers $40 an hour. They sell more to the Chinese than the Chinese buy from them. 14. If we want to have an expanding economy in 21’s century we must increase productivity and this can only be achieved by having educated workforce. Increasing TAFE fees and abolishing courses is not the solution Regards Tony Morrissey BSc (ENG) UNSW, SMIEEE
virginia hunt says: I left school after completing my school certificate, started working, got married and had kids. In my mid 30's I went to TAFE to do my HSC. After achieving good results I decided to go to uni. 4 years later I gained my teaching degree and employment. Almost 15 years later, I started my masters of special ed. Would I have done any of this study if there was no TAFE - no.
Patricia Prociv says: I left school at 14, had many low income jobs, going to TAFE as a mature aged student led me to Academic achievement including a Doctorate. My acievements have had wide ranging effects through my family who see the value of knowledge through education.
Martin Gray says: I studied Japanese at Tafe, I later was selected to Join the Jet Programme, and was able to use my skills, upon returning to Australia I even taught Japanese. Well done Tafe.
lisa gizariotis says: I studied at tafe twice. The first time I was between jobs and studied pattern making in the evenings. The second time my manager asked me to study a management /communications course. Both were very positive experiences. I was able to study in the evenings which allowed me to look for work or work full time during the day. I thought my teachers were fantastic and passionate. The first job after tafe , though I had completed a BSc in textiles had not included garment manufacture and helped me to land work in garment QA. The second course helped me as a manager to deal with a variety of people at different levels. My career took another turn when I became a Tafe teacher myself working part time while still working in the textile rag trade. I have since left the rag trade but found that I enjoyed teaching so much that I became a primary school teacher.!! Unfortunately the dept I was teaching at Ultimo tafe shrunk and forced closure due to funding cuts, price rises. That was about 8 to 10 years ago. Which was a real shame. I have spoken to tafe teachers at education events and have heard their complaints of cuts, more dept closures and fee hikes. Its very upsetting to think that each year more and more staff , depts and students are adversely affected by the latest budget cuts in nsw
Patricia papalkar says: I have been a Careers Adviser and VET Coordinator at my rural high school for the past 15 years. During that time the Riverina Institute of TAFE has provided quality vocational learning outcomes for approximately a third of the senior students each year. During that time TAFE have maintained close professional links with our school and have continually worked to improve their course offerings, service and inter-organisation cooperation despite the frequent reduction in their funding. TAFE's performance as a vocational trainer far surpasses that of other organisations in my experience with far fewer errors and are far more transparent in their operation. I feel comfortable and confident in advising students to take up a TVET course where the trainer is TAFE. Please don't cut their funding. Our students need TAFE.
Jim KABLE says: In 1994 while teaching (HSC English and senior level Japanese) at Nelson Bay HS I was invited to take a TAFE class at the Nelson Bay TAFE Annex - Hospitality Japanese. There was a course written to be followed and supplemented with other cultural matters (following on from two years when I was an official exchange teacher to a senior high in western Japan for two years: 1991 and 1992). The class had about sixteen young people - the oldest was the mother of some students I was teaching at the High School - though a decade then younger than me. Another was a former HSC English student of mine - another was the builder of Horizons Golf Course at Salamander. It was a happy course - I don't recall any drop-outs - at the end of which I was presented with a pen from the class. I realise I am no Robinson Crusoe in those stakes - but it was a lovely gesture - engineered I suspect by the class's senior member. My former HS student immediately left for Japan - where he spent quite a number of years - eventually returning to Australia with his Japanese wife - now two children the elder into middle school years. And the golf-course builder - it appears he is now based in Hong Kong and building golf courses throughout China. The following year I headed back to Japan and remained there for a further 14+ years till I turned 60. What happened to the other members of the course I taught at Nelson Bay TAFE - I don't know - but I can't help speculate that it has played a positive part of each person's sense of identity since that time! When I returned to Australia - six years ago - I was shocked to discover that under right-wing/private-provider thinking - TAFE was being gutted and devalued by governments - of both major ideologies if worse by the LNP lot. What a dreadful dis-service is being done to the nation's future - I thought and think, still - though worse than I had previously imagined! It's time to shut-down the private-for-profit sector and restore free public well-funded education - primary, secondary and Tertiary/TAFE!
Megan Backers says: TAFE allowed my son to do post school study. He did not have the maturity to go to university at the end of Year 12. He is now a qualified child educator, working happily in a child care centre. Without TAFE he would be on a basic wage, doing a job that he did not enjoy. Stp TAFE cuts
Dr Graham TUCKER says: After retiring as a full-time secondary teacher I did quite a lot of teaching and advising at Shellharbour TAFE. Much of this work was with local aborigines. I was called in one time to prepare some aboriginal women for a job interview. With the college's career adviser I organised a mock job interview. I told the women to dress appropriately and I also dressed appropriately. One of the young women was nervous during the 'nterview' but she performed very well. When I emerged from the 'interview' the young woman said: "Jesus Graham, when I seen you with a tie on I nearly shit!" That pithy sentence shows the importance of the work being done there at TAFE. The tie represented often overbearing authority. The TAFE experience was valuable.. Some weeks later that same woman saw me on the campus and came running over. "Graham, Graham, I got the job." "Do you like it?" "I love it". Dr Graham Tucker..
Michelle Hasking says: TAFE is a vital pathway to employment and training. When I was 16 I had to leave home for personal reasons and was unable to continue my high school education. I worked full time at the then youth wage of $6 per hour, from which I had to pay for transport, accommodation and food. How fortunate I was that, at that time, I could enroll in TAFE for $50 per year with a health care card. I was able to complete my Certificate 3 in Childcare and Education part time while working because it was flexible and affordable. Not only did this help me get a more stable and better paying job at the time, the course also allowed me to transition into a university pathways course. I now hold a Masters in Education, as well as a BA with Honours in History, and have the privilege of working with young people and supporting them to overcome their own challenges to achieve their goals. However, it has become much harder for them to do this with astronomical TAFE fees and reduced course options. Students are unable to find courses to meet their needs, or, if they do, must take on debts to gain an education. For a future hospitality worker, these debts are disproportionate to future potential earnings. Students are having to leave home or travel long distances to attend TAFE, adding to the financial burden and damaging family relationships. TAFE is vital. It must be affordable, It must be regulated to guarantee an accredited and valued qualification can be attained. It must be accessible to students in remote areas, on low incomes, with low literacy, with disabilities or who speak English as a second language. With access to appropriate training, those whose background has disadvantaged them have a chance to re-engage in the workforce. Investment in TAFE is far cheaper than paying the social, emotional and financial costs of a disenfranchised and unemployable youth.
Heather Simandl says: As part of my teacher training, I was required to complete two Certificate III courses at TAFE. These courses complemented my university education by giving me the practical and theoretical skills to fully understand and teach my subjects now. TAFE also provided a financial advantage for me as the course costs were much less and separate to the HECS debt incurred at university. My university education was completed as distance education - online. Attending TAFE was also a wonderful opportunity to socialise and make like minded friends, making an otherwise lonely experience, a social one.
Fran Munro says: With over 25 years experience as a TAFE teacher I know how vitally important TAFE is to industry and community. I taught in successful ACCESS courses that gave skills and jobs to the most disadvantaged groups in society. tPrivatisation has already been shown to be exploitative and inefficient. Do not destroy TAFE; it is essential to fair and equitable further training in N SW.
Robyn Christofides says: I teach students in Stage 4 & 5 in a specialist behaviour setting. We have a high percentage of ATSI and low SES students. Early TAFE access course such as TAFE tasters and early entry to TVET have formed an important part of our transition to training and employment. It is vital that these courses be allowed to continue. As a result of this access, many of our students have gone on to trade and vocational training at TAFE which has resulted in meaningful employment. As a result some students are the first in their family for generations to gain and maintain employment. Without these supported training opportunities these young people would repeat the cycle of disconnection and disadvantage which characterise their families. Please allow these training opportunities to continue.
Ann Chehade says: We used to have a number of TAFE Outreach programs run at our school, free of charge, allowing a number of our 'disengaged' and 'at-risk' students the opportunity to gain more skills, in things likes community garden building, jewellery making, job seeker skills etc. This opportunity has always been extremely beneficial and provided students with a TAFE certificate if they leave skills before completing their HSC. NOW it is costing close to $3000 to run a course like this, something students and the schools cannot afford. This is a great loss. BRING BACK OUTREACH TO ALL TAFES!
James J Jarick says: I left school at the end of 5th Form 1979. I was fortunate to gain an apprenticeship and complete my Electrical Trades Cert. at TAFE, was then able to complete Industrial Electronics, then Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. I moved into apprentice training and completed an Advanced Certificate in Training and Development ALL AT TAFE!!! I have consequently completed Degrees in Adult Education and Primary Education and a Masters in Librarianship. I am currently working on my Masters in Gifted Education and am a Primary School Teacher - ALL BECAUSE TAFE PROVIDED A PATHWAY AT THE RIGHT TIME. All this and I have to see our son struggling to pay the fees for his landscaping course!
Bernadette Flynn-Whitehall says: I am currently interviewing and reporting on TAFE students from 2014 as part of a follow project to track how TAFE helped them. I am doing this in my own time to highlight these individuals and to encourage others that there is a way to improve and change their lives through education and work experience. I am passionate about everyone having a chance in this world regardless of background, race, gender, age and social standing. I am overwhelmed by how TAFE has changed their lives. How a 6 month short course gave them skills to get a job, get off the merry go round of centalink benefits. Amy, an example of just one student from one course and a recent graduate told me on Friday when I interviewed and photographed her to share her story "I was doing nothing absolutely nothing, I dropped out in year 11 and I sat around doing nothing for 6 months. In July '14 my life changed. TAFE changed my life. I loved the kitchen aspect of the course and through my teachers I was encouraged to put my skills into action and to apply for apprenticeships or kitchenhand jobs. They encouraged me and turned my whole life around. Now I am a first year apprentice in a great Cafe and I have never been busier or happier, I have money and a great life now and I have future goals as well" "When the cafe needed a new Barista I was able to recommend Emily who was also on my course, she is now working here full time after starting as a casual". Amy was full of life and it was refreshing for me to interview her. In the same course a mature student with english as a second language, Khen desperate for a job, 100% attendance at TAFE, she received her first Certificate in life and is now working in a retirement home, her life also changed for the better. My concern is that these short courses have been cut due to funding cuts. A course that had real outcomes for change is no longer there. Courses that actually help the Government by releasing recipients of Government unemployment benefits. There is such a need in this area. students deserve to have meaningful and realistic training that result in real outcomes and jobs, training that is given in practical "live" operational environments like TAFE, not simulated. There is a such a need for these practical hands on courses and trades. The industry is in need of skilled workers. The Government needs to seriously focus on this. The centalink queue has become longer in 2015. The TAFE delivered a far superior practical training environment with dedicated teachers who genuinely care. This great country has to look after their young people and other marginalised groups who can be trained, who can get jobs and who can make a difference without being dependant on Centalink benefits. Surely this needs to be considered. I hope to share these students stories in the coming months.
Leo Vilensky says: As. Former member of TAFE for 25 years I ran the school of textiles for about 7 years and was one of the Deans (faculty of fine and applied arts)Without TAFE many students would not have relevant jobs in industry as no other teaching institution enabled students to gain practical experience in their chosen field.
Alexander Stanuga says: My time in High School didn't adequately prepare me for any opportunities to get into University. And at the time I wasn't interested. I was preparing to join the Army Full time when I did myself an injury, that temporarily prevented my application from progressing and saw me out of the manual labour force, leaving me very few options at the time. I was accepted into a TAFE Diploma, which ultimately provided me a stepping stone into further study abroad (UK), and have since completed an undergraduate degree AND a Postgraduate. If it wasn't for TAFE I wonder if I would have ever pursued further education, it was more than just an entry point into a broader education for me. I now work as a Secondary Teacher and I see many students who would benefit from what TAFE has to offer, without it, schools will struggle to cope into the future, as fewer opportunities will be available for less academic students bond the classroom will be available, preventing any chance of progression.
Dawn Gallagher says: TAFE was the most positive learning experience I have had to date. As I didn't do well in my HSC however, I was able to attend the Tertiary Preparation Course. It was here I gained my confidence in my intellectual abilities and then applied to uni and got accepted. I finished my undergrad and am now studying a masters in teaching. Without the opportunity and low fees that TAFE provided me I would have never been able to follow and carry out my dreams and inspire others to also have a love of learning. Please don't make any more cuts to TAFE. Everyone no matter their background should have the opportunity to learn and achieve their goals and dreams.
Don Henderson says: I am a retired teacher, and have known of cuts in the areas I taught in, namely building trades, shopfitting trade areas & wood machining trades
Rachel Merhebi says: As a mother of two teenage sons, I am incredibly grateful that TAFE has been an enormous support to them through a bumpy phase in their education. I have two postgraduate degrees and never imagined that my children would find school so challenging. TAFE has enabled them to continue, giving them a reprieve from the school system for those precious hours in their week. We cannot afford to neglect a significant proportion of our youth by cutting TAFE.
CATHERINE says: TAFE is a vital educational institution for all students as not all want to or can cope with University. We need TAFE for the trades and for pathways to university. It's vital for keeping our country educated and giving people and opportunity to enter rewarding jobs for the future of the country. Smart & Skilled is a great idea for those serial uses of TAFE courses (in order to receive unemployment benefits and avoid working). I have various degrees and have been asked to do a Cert III that will cost me $5000. How ridiculous. TAFE classes are smaller and suit people who need more individualised assistance instead of being lost in the University system not coping and being treated as just another faceless name. Save TAFE, it's for our countries economic future.
Ian Escandor says: TAFE landed me in a unique job as Assistant Manager of Street University. Which is a youth service that specialises in empowering the youth through music and arts. I did my Sound Production and Community Service course at TAFE and are forever grateful.
Tracey Chaffer says: The cost of courses is preventing those with lower incomes being able to access courses to improve their employability.
Tony Page says: TAFE needs the funding to supply quality training.
anne says: The electrical trades are known to be one of the more difficult courses to complete. Already with a high failure rate, the reduction of hours of face to face teaching has already shown in various Sydney TAFES that the failure rate is increased dramatically in first year students. This is disgraceful, particularly at a time when we are approaching a skilled labour shortage.
Lisa Kremmer says: I met a young lady yesterday who has been unemployed for 2 years. Her only jobs are casual, she gets 2 shifts/week, and has to travel 2 hours each way for one of these jobs. Her desire is to attend TAFE to study an arts course but sadly she can't afford the higher fees and TAFEs are cutting these courses. She is stuck in a cycle of under employment and can't find a way to learn the skills to improve her lot in life. Tragic.
Nerina Pretlove says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Donna-Lee Duval says: The cuts to TAFE funding have adversely effected our Mt Druitt community and the students of Chifley College Shalvey Campus. As fees are too expensive for them to access courses.
Fiona hurst says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Nikia says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Debbie cuffe says: I started my studies at TAFE not knowing what I wanted to do or how to get there - many young people find themselves in the same place ..........
Anne Bentley says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Judith McCristal says: The skills I gained from my TAFE course in 1960 have given me lifelong employment. Apprenticeships taught by teachers experienced in their trade are badly needed by our young people and our community. Please give back to TAFE the ability to provide real teaching to those in need of training.
Chris Henderson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
India brooker says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Tim Montgomery says: TAFE is the backbone of Industry. With youth unemployment at such a high level, it is vital that training be available.
Biruta Taunton says: People need the TAFE.
Leisa Irene Woodman says: I have 2 uni degrees but I probably got more out of my TAFE experience. TAFE makes Australia great.
Emma Lawes says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Agnes Chow says: Education is the future of Australia!
David Kirkpatrick says: The Liberal Party Governments state & federally all over Australia are attempting to destroy ALL public education to make education a privilege rather than a right. We must fight against this and ensure equal access to education for everyone.
Judi Morison says: As a former student and a former teacher at TAFE NSW, I know first-hand the value of TAFE's contribution to the broader society. Only TAFE provides the equal opportunities and education regulated for excellence rather than profit that we need and deserve. TAFE must be preserved and further improved, not defunded in favour of less egalitarian, less scrupulous and less effective private providers.
Chrissie Lillico says: Funding cuts to TAFE will have a detrimental impact on students with special needs who currently access TAFE as part of the VET component of secondary schooling. These students - and their families & schools - can not be asked to pay for additional education! Free, quality, secular education is an Australian human right.
Sylvia Jahn says: TAFE should be supported and retained as the now only affordable education in Australia. This would mean reversing the outrageous fee increases and giving it more government support. Quality education should be for everyone, governments should stop supporting shonky private operators and offer the support to TAFE colleges.
Kare fascioli says: Many individuals have benefitted from their experience of TAFE. It offers a second chance for education for many individuals that had an interruption to their education for various reasons. Affordable education delivered by teachers not trainers
robert Rigby says: I think tafe overall is to top heavy the ratio of mangers support staff administration staff is to high a cut in middle mangerment wouldn't hurt. Teaching staff should have the admin staff appointed to them rather then the college. Teaching section should be able to pick and choose their own class support. Teaching ratio should be capped at 15:1 for trade areas with a minimum class size of 10:1. I once saw a special needs class at Liverpool finger painting these types of services my be better handle by ngo freeing up cash for more industry related material. TAFE overall is doing what is needed to be competitive in a changing market if a little more contol was handed to the teaching sections and middle management was given a hair cut TAFE will continue to grow.
Chris says: i was told today that i will not be allowed to start a cert 3 in motorcycle mechanics without an apprenticeship, so i ask well how about the pre-apprenticeship course & i was pretty much told that i would have to move (I'm unemployed & on centerlink) about 7 hours away to do it, i can't afford to live let alone move for the course,looks like il be selling drugs
Gabrielle Richardson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
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susan ardill says: I fully support TAFE.
Shirley Stephens says: TAFE must remain affordable to all.
James Couston says: I came to aged care toward the end of my working life and already had tertiary level education beginning with a degree in civil engineering at the completion of my school years. My Cert III in aged care was obtained through a private trainer while I was apprenticed to my employee and while I have no complaints about the quality of that coursework, the integration between employer and trainer was not good - the employer was more interested in the subsidy than the training at that time. I would respectfully submit the role of TAFE is to ensure oversight of training is maintained with strong skills in teaching and experience in the field on staff and on hand to provide evidence based coursework and venue for exchange of the best of ideas for providing best care. I further respectfully submit that Government needs to lead by example and providing an open forum for movement of skilled persons to and from the private sector as well as within the public sector is a better solution than leaving education to market forces which by their design are inevitably boom and collapse from failure of timely and appropriate disclosure.
Stacey Dalton says: I have just completed my certificate 3 in Aged care at tafe, it was hard for the teachers to do one course of 34 in 6 months. But they stood their ground heads high and proceeded to ensure they trained excellent nurses. They shouldn't be cutting courses or making it harder for people with training to retrain. Why make the prices go up? Whats the use? It jjst makes it harder for people to be in better jobs
Yvette says: Stop TAFE Cuts
damian von samorzewski says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
margaret tung says: TAFE has an important role to play in skilling those who are interested in a vocational career, helping those who need language and literacy skills as well as mature aged students. It should be allocated more resources, not less!
Narelle Skinner says: TAFE NSW is essential to provide trade and technical training that provides the skills that both young people and older workers need to find employment. Unemployment among young people is more than twice that of adult workers. The gutting of the TAFE system and huge fee increases is closing off training to the people who most need skills. Failure to return to the low cost TAFE system will leave many young people as longterm unemployed on welfare. It is better to subsidise TAFE fees than welfare!
Adam Moore says: The TAFE cuts are absolutely shameful!
Jan Friar says: Unlike many private providers, TAFE NSW, as a public provider of vocational education and training, has always been 100% scrutinised and accountable. Thus, it has provided truly smart and skilled graduates that employers can trust. The same can demonstrably not be said of private providers. The current auditing of RTO's relies totally on scrutiny of paperwork, not the actually training provided! That is how many providers of substandard training and education can profit undetected. The NSW government may think it is clever in saving money now, but their short-sighted saving will lead to unskilled workers and dangerous practices in the workforce that will cost much more to fix in the future.
Pam nolan says: Tafe, face to face, teaches and teaches well
James says: Joe Hockey told me to get a good job so that i can buy a house in Sydney?! Mopre like get a good job and be able to afford to upskill myself at TAFE!
Elanor Mitchell says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Mark Williamson says: TAFE always trained people on the practicalities of doing a job - theory with practical application - then Bob Hawke decided Australia will be the knowledge nation and everyone should have a university education - TAFE was snubbed and degrees were dumbed down - now a mess
Sharon Grainger says: You are destroying our education system - we do not want to be AMERICA!! stop these cuts
Abigail Sparks says: TAFE is crucial in regional and remote areas.
LESLEY WILLIAMSON says: TAFE plays a very important role in the education of students and workers and should not be subjected to the negative impacts of Smart and Skilled.
Vanessa Giordano says: Stop the TAFE cuts!

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TAFE institutions around Australia are struggling under the impact of state budget cuts, and underfunding.

Courses are being cut, student fees have risen, campuses are closing and teachers are losing their jobs.

Communities across the country are rallying to support their highly regarded, world-class TAFE system.

 

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