Posted on 17. Jun, 2014 in News

Young and vulnerable Victorians are being hit the hardest by the Napthine Government’s $1.2 billion cuts to TAFE and training, the Vocational Education and Training Market report for 2013 has revealed.

The report said enrolments for 15 to 19 year olds and young apprentices have plummeted at a time of record youth unemployment.

Student numbers were forecast to have dropped even further after Denis Napthine’s November 2013 subsidy changes which had a major impact across the sector.

Falling enrolments come after several TAFE institutes suffered huge losses last year. Victoria’s largest provider, NMIT, posted a loss of more than $30 million.

Quotes attributable to Mr Herbert

“Denis Napthine’s TAFE cuts target young and vulnerable people and hurt their future.”

“Adult and community education is a lifeline for vulnerable people, but this sector has seen a massive drop in enrolment.”

“This report exposes the devastating effects of Denis Napthine’s TAFE cuts – it’s no wonder the Government had to be dragged kicking and screaming to release it.”

Key Facts
• Enrolments of students aged 15-19, without Year 12 or equivalent and not in school, dropped by 17 per cent from 2012 to 2013, at a time of youth unemployment crisis.
• Learn Local (Adult and Community Education) accredited enrolments dropped by 19 per cent from 2012 to 2013 – and this is before the impact of the government’s November 2013 cuts to course subsidy rates. Learn Local enrolments by unemployed students dropped by 19 per cent and early school leavers dropped by 24 per cent.
• Apprenticeships have dropped by 4 per cent and traineeships by a massive 35 per cent.
• Apprentice enrolments aged 15-19 dropped by 12 per cent.
• Melbourne’s east has seen enrolments drop by 10 per cent from 2012 to 2013, with Swinburne Lilydale closing on 1 July 2013.
• Retail enrolments attracted just 4 per cent of enrolments, after the Napthine Government cut course subsidy rates, despite retail being the second highest employing industry.

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