Shorten Promises Much Needed Funding For TAFE– Early Childhood Education to Benefit
Bill Shorten’s latest election pitch is aimed at establishing a funding boost for Australia’s TAFE system, in an effort to reverse the decline the VET system has experienced in recent years.
As part of a pitch for the next Australian election, Shorten has promised to provide much needed ‘hard money’ to help boost TAFE nationwide.
Mr Shorten earlier in the week said he found TAFE to be ‘the education institute of the second chance’, allowing thousands of Australians to develop skills for new careers.
As part of the Labor election promise, funding will extend far beyond the TAFE system, with a strong focus on ensuring one in every 10 workers is an apprenticeship on all Commonwealth projects, to stop the decline of apprenticeships in Australia. The pledge will cost a total of $708 million across 10 years. In addition to this, Labor will scrap up-front fees for 100,000 TAFE students.
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Child Care and Early Education to Reap the Rewards
To prepare the workforce for the introduction of universal child care for three and four year olds, Labor has promised to also scrap costs for 10,000 early childhood and education TAFE students, to attract and retain more in this field and help with future demand.
This came after the announcement to invest $9.8 billion over 10 years into providing 600 hours of kindergarten a year to three-and-four year olds.
“The early education and care workforce is incredibly vital to Australia’s future.” said Shorten in response to the announcement earlier in the week, “The demand for early childhood education workers is significant: almost 300,000 more children will need an early education and care place in 2019-20 than in 2016-17.”
The 10,000 free TAFE placements for early childhood education and care will account for 10% of the 100,000 free TAFE students, costing $380 million a year.
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