Posted on 07. Aug, 2012 in News

Students and teachers at Chisholm TAFE in Frankston today sent a clear message to Premier Ted Baillieu that his massive funding cuts to TAFEs will have serious consequences into the future, Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships Steve Herbert said.

The Australian Education Union today held a rally at Chisholm TAFE’s Frankston campus, and delivered an open letter to the Electorate Office of Liberal Party MP Geoff Shaw in Frankston to protest against the $290 million cuts to TAFEs by the Baillieu Government.

“The community has banded together to send the message to Ted Baillieu that these savage cuts are taking education and training in Victoria backwards,” Mr Herbert said.

“Chisholm will lose over $25 million in annual funding which could lead to job losses, course cuts, increases to student fees and real difficulties for VET in Schools.”

Mr Herbert said the impact of the cuts would be severe given the current economic climate.

“Victoria is in the midst of a jobs crisis, yet Mr Baillieu’s cuts will add more people to the unemployment queue while at the same time limiting people’s opportunities to access affordable skills and training,” he said.

“The electorate of Frankston has one of the biggest unemployment rates in the state.

“The embattled Member for Frankston, Geoff Shaw, has said nothing about the cuts to TAFE, which will devastate opportunities for thousands of young people.

“When the economy is contracting, responsible governments invest in skills and training to better prepare the workforce for recovery.

“Instead, the Baillieu Government is making unprecedented cuts that are devastating TAFE institutes around Victoria.

“The community has made their case clear – Mr Baillieu must reverse these cuts and start supporting TAFEs across Victoria.”


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