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Sep 29, 2020 9 tweets 7 min read
As the number of apprentices plummets, businesses are complaining that #TAFE isn’t training for the skills they need. #abc730 @Ally__bee abc.net.au/news/2020-09-2…
“Currently the #TAFE curriculum is at least 10-15 years old. We have to now set up in-house training facilities. It would take us another 12 months, minimum, to get them up to scratch.” Jason Elias, Precision Metals Group. #abc730
#TAFE and TAFE teachers have to follow the curriculum and the requirements that are set by industry. So our message to employers is go and talk to your industry association.” Craig Robertson @TafeDirectors Australia. #abc730 #TAFE
Federal and state governments have cut spending on vocational training by $1.5 billion since 2012, according to the Productivity Commission. #abc730 #TAFE
“Those numbers are raw numbers and in fact, in real terms it’s significantly more.” @CHaythorpeAEU Australian Education Union #abc730 #TAFE
The federal and state governments will inject an extra billion dollars into the skills sector through the new #JobTrainer scheme but some fear that TAFE’s share of the money won’t make up for years of belt tightening. #abc730 #TAFE
“Now that there is a lot more technology work, you need to have those increased levels of literacy and numeracy. And we don't really fund that or put that into training package requirements.” Craig Robertson @TafeDirectors Australia. #abc730 #TAFE
“We need to invest in TAFE to make sure that they have the machinery, the plant equipment, and the classrooms set for 21st century learning.” @CHaythorpeAEU Australian Education Union. #abc730 #TAFE
“Well funded TAFE is going to be the bedrock of a recovery,” Craig Robertson @TafeDirectors Australia. #abc730 #TAFE

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