Sharon Bird, Federal Member for Cunningham and Shadow Minister for Vocational Education, today called on the New South Wales Government to guarantee that HSC courses will continue to be offered at TAFE NSW-Illawarra and the Illawarra Seniors College in Port Kembla.
“In 2009, $13.5 million funding for the construction of the Australian Technical College (ATC) Illawarra was redirected to TAFE NSW-Illawarra and the Illawarra Seniors College to offer the HSC courses,” Sharon Bird said.
“The decision in 2009 was made due to the high operating cost of the ATC and low enrolment numbers. The ATC was duplicating the HSC course provided by TAFE at a much higher cost.
Ms Bird welcomed comments by the local TAFE Director, Dianne Murray, on ABC Illawarra this morning indicating the success of the vocational HSC model. Ms Bird hopes that these comments reflect an ongoing commitment by TAFE Illawarra to providing the alternate HSC pathway for locals.
“TAFE NSW has a long and proud record of providing second chance education to all Australians and is particularly well regarded in the Illawarra, it would be short-sighted and a betrayal of an area with high youth unemployment to withdraw these courses,” Ms Bird concluded.
1 April 2014