Posted on 14. Sep, 2012 in Clayton Update

In a major breach of cabinet confidence, the transitions plans submitted by TAFEs to the Baillieu Government have been leaked to the media, Member for Clayton, Hong Lim said.

The plans details how each institution plans to deal with the budget cuts caused by the Baillieu Government’s $290 million cuts to the sector, detailing course cuts, job losses, fee hikes and campus closures.

Mr Lim said Holmesglen TAFE’s transition plan showed that management was struggling to deal with the loss of millions from their annual budget.

This explosive set of documents state exactly what the impact of the Baillieu Government’s cut will be at each campus of each TAFE across the state,” Mr Lim said.

“The leaked plans indicate that Holmesglen TAFE are planning to make redundant 65 EFT teaching positions before the end of 2012   In addition the institute estimates there will be a reduction in 25 contract and sessional teaching staff and a further 24 administrative and support staff, again before the end of 2012.”

“Holmesglen plans to cease offering some certificate courses in business and business administration, advertising, engineering and multimedia. They also intend to cease VCE delivery and diploma delivery in legal practice, advertising, interactive digital media, professional writing and ceramics. Courses such as business and finance, hospitality and sport and recreation will be delivered with higher tuition fees, but if demand is insufficient will be ceased.”

“Ongoing viability of certificates in work and transition education for students with learning difficulties, language and literacy programs, general education programs such as VCAL and a range of apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships will be assessed in 2013.”

“Holmesglen is also planning a 102 per cent increase in tuition fees in 2013.”

“Ted Baillieu isn’t just robbing TAFEs of funding; he is robbing our children of their future.”

Mr Lim said Mr Baillieu had ignored repeated demands by the community to release the transitions plans to allow students and staff to plan for the future.

“The Premier claimed the plans were cabinet-in-confidence documents to prevent the damaging contents going public,” Mr Lim said.

“Mr Baillieu didn’t want these documents to be made public and now we know why – TAFE in Victoria will not be the same again.”

“If Ted Baillieu wanted to show working families that he doesn’t care about their kids, then there is no better way than to cut TAFE.”

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