Saving TAFE: what will it take?
TAFE is a shadow of its former self and it needs massive reinvestment if it is to recover from the systematic disinvestment by multiple governments over the last decade. What will it take to save TAFE?
Kate is a small business owner, Stop TAFE Cuts supporter and proud TAFE graduate. Her initial training in industrial chemistry at the Gordon Institute led to her first job working at a milk factory in cheese production during the 1960s.
I live in a very small rural town and the nearest place I could do my chosen study was at TAFE in Seymour, 12 kilometres away.
On Tuesday the 19th of November, Adelaide College of the Arts students rallied outside the Dame Roma Mitchell building on Light Square to protest against the closure of their campus library. Their demonstration attracted media attention and was features on that evening's broadcast of the channel seven news.
After having such a traumatic time at high school and flunking most subjects, achieving nothing higher than a D, a D+ if I was lukcy, I thought I was destined to become just a volunteer or the self-taught office girl who could never move ahead - just watching everyone around me move on in their careers.