Labor Pledges $220 million to Rebuild TAFE in Victoria
In line with the Victorian Government’s promise to rebuild TAFE in Victoria, TAFE colleges across the state will receive $220 million in funding to reinstate facilities and campuses previously left in decline following the former Coalition Government’s TAFE cuts.
This latest election promise follows a string of education-focused funding policies, including the Government’s decision to wipe the cost of 50 TAFE courses in Victoria.
The strong focus on the VET system is set to rejuvenate the sector after TAFE cuts under the previous State Government let to a combined loss of $72 million across all state TAFE colleges.
Melbourne Polytechnic is set to recieve $40 million under the Government’s promise, which will go towards the Melbourne Polytechnic Collingwood campus. This will be used on equipment purchasing in the campus’ digital media, IT and creative arts departments.
Plus, we'll rebuild Victoria's TAFEs to make sure our apprentices and trainees get their qualifications in the best facilities. Down at @melbpoly today to announce $220m for TAFE upgrades across the state – but only under a re-elected Labor Government. pic.twitter.com/oIZJHkfNhD— Daniel Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) 18 September 2018
The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said on Tuesday that there would be no cuts to funding or TAFE closures under his elected government. In addition to the announcement, the Premier revealed that the Government would bring back trade papers, the certificate received upon graduation of a trade apprenticeship or traineeship.
The trade papers were previously abolished, but pressure form employers to bring these back helped make the push to get these reintroduced.
However, the Coalition Government have also made a pledge to developing a strong TAFE system if elected, through the introduction of ‘micro-certifications’ which would align more accurately with workplace skills. The Coalition also argued the slight decline in TAFE enrolments under the Labor Government.
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