President’s comment 22 November 2012
The release of the Centre for Policy Development’s report “Valuing skills: why vocational training matters” http://cpd.org.au/2012/11/valuing-skills/ confirms the unique and valuable role that TAFE institutes play in providing public VET.
The report was funded by the Public Service Association of NSW and so focuses on the New South Wales context, but is relevant to the current discourse on Queensland TAFE and VET, particularly given the recommendations of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce currently being considered by the Queensland Government.
The main points made in the report are that TAFEs are doing the heavy lifting in terms of:
- providing education to vulnerable students, including those in rural and remote settings, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and students with disabilities
- providing training in areas of skills shortages
- offering courses in many of the more expensive-to-deliver areas such as mining and construction.
The report also sets out the social value of TAFEs, which in comparison to private providers offer a fuller range of services including counselling and Indigenous assistance to their students.
The report concludes with a number of recommendations that provide a worthy contribution to the complex TAFE and VET debate, including urging governments to ensure reforms are evidence-based and the broad value of TAFE as the major public provider of VET is considered in any funding reform.
QTU stands in solidarity
The Queensland Teachers’ Union wishes to express its shock at the killing of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and stands in solidarity with the many brave teachers who risked their own lives to protect the students in their care.
These horrific events reveal the deep commitment and bravery of members of our profession under the most extreme of circumstances, and we are proud to stand with them at this terrible time.QTU, 16 Feb 2018
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