LIBERALS IGNORE CRISIS IN ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Posted on 23. Sep, 2014 in News

The latest Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board annual report shows the crisis in the sector is deepening.

 

The 2013-14 report shows a $1.1 million loss for the ACFE Board after an $11 million cut in state government funding. ACFE returned a $9.4 million surplus in 2012-13.

 

Despite their viability plummeting, Napthine Government Minister Nick Wakeling released a glowing media release which ignored the Liberals’ cuts to adult and community education.

 

Adult and community education trains and supports our most disadvantaged job seekers.

 

Quotes attributable to Mr Herbert:

 

“Minister Wakeling needs to take his blinkers off and admit to the damaging impact of his government’s cuts to adult and community education.”

 

“Young and disadvantaged Victorians are getting locked out of our education system.”

 

“Under the Liberals, we have the worst rate of youth unemployment on the Australian mainland.”

 

“Labor has a plan for jobs and growth, but Denis Napthine is cutting funds, cutting skills and making it harder for people to find work.”

 

Key Facts:

 

  • 198 Learn Local centres (61 per cent) have had their funding reduced in 2013-14, and 118 had a 30 per cent or greater reduction in funding.
  • 15 fewer ACFE centres across Victoria mean that large parts of the state are being left behind.
  • Repeated training subsidy cuts from the Napthine Government have slashed between 20 per cent and 80 per cent from the government subsidy rate for over 2000 courses.
  • A State Opposition survey has shown that 59 per cent of providers have concerns about their future financial viability following the Napthine Government’s attack on adult, community and further education. Some large providers have already announced their closure.

 

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