TAFE Council welcomes Minister
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 126 No 3, 9 April 2021, page no.6
Queensland’s Minister for Skills and Training Di Farmer has visited the QTU’s Brisbane headquarters to meet with TAFE Council. TAFE Members took the opportunity to share their passion for teaching and learning with the Minister, and to explain how teaching is indeed the beating heart of TAFE.
The hour-long meeting gave the Minister the opportunity to address TAFE Council Representatives and answer their questions. The councillors clearly articulated the core issues with a market model of VET, which continues to undermine the educational values that should be at the centre of delivery.
The Minister listened to the concerns of members with respect and responded with sincerity, thanking QTU TAFE Council Members for bringing issues to her attention. She expressed her admiration for the work of TAFE educators and spoke of the Queensland Government’s commitment to funding and resourcing the public providers of vocational education and training in Queensland. The Minister also clearly articulated the place of both TAFE Queensland and Central Queensland University as partners in the public provision of VET within the state.
Prior to joining with TAFE Councillors for morning tea, the Minister proudly posed with the “Rebuild with TAFE” campaign sign for a photo with council members.
TAFE Council members readily accepted her promise that she would return to the
QTU to address the Council again.