Defending TAFE – perspectives from manufacturing
The future we want is dependent on us successfully defending public education and particularly, defending public Vocational Education & Training - TAFE.
The 2017 Federal Budget delivered nothing for TAFE or TAFE students, and is a continuation of the Turnbull Government’s attack on the sector, and its failure to provide policy leadership or support.
Australian vocational education is beset by several big problems that have accumulated and enlarged over decades.
The VET sector is in crisis. Australia must guarantee 70% of VET funding to TAFE, and shut down the VET FEE-HELP scheme.
In the current debate around vocational education and amidst the growing concern about the activities of the private sector, a proposal to extend VET FEE-HELP to lower level VET qualifications has emerged.
There are few propositions on which agreement is more general than the proposition that education is crucial to the development of a prosperous community with a high standard of living.