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.
TAFE colleges and campuses across Australia have been significant key public education institutions for over four decades. The educational mission and breadth of the important work that TAFE does is unfortunately not well understood or recognised.
Senator Simon Birmingham's recent comments about basket weaving and TAFE have justifiably raised the ire of the Australian community.
This blog looks at the vocational education sector, reflecting on the worst of the scams and rorts; and the regulatory and policy agendas and poses the question - is it too late for the sector to change course?
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?
The commitment of the South Australian Premier is another step towards guaranteed funding for TAFE.