TIME TO ABANDON FAILED VET MARKETISATION POLICY

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Friday, April 17th 2015

Coalition must now abandon failed VET marketisation policy.

Sam Hibbins, Greens spokesperson for TAFE & Training says it is time to stop forcing TAFE institutes to compete against private operators for government funding.

“TAFEs, particularly in rural areas, have been hit hard by the policies of the former Labor and Coalition Governments,” Mr Hibbins said.

“Coalition Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships, the National’s Steph Ryan, has blamed declining enrollments and financial losses on Labor forcing TAFEs to compete with private providers.

“The Coalition must now back this rhetoric up with action and abandon the failed market contestability model, which they continued in government and exacerbated with funding cuts.

“The Greens are the only party who have constantly supported TAFE as the primary provider of vocational education and training (VET) in Victoria and opposed to the failed market contestability model,” Mr Hibbins said.

Contact - Sam (03) 9981 9501