Turnbull Refuses To Come Clean On TAFE Destroying Takeover And Plummeting Apprentice Numbers

Sharon Bird and Matt Thistlethwaite today called on the Turnbull Government to come clean about his plans for a federal takeover of the vocational education system during a visit to Randwick TAFE.


Malcolm Turnbull’s secret plans were exposed in a leaked document to the media. This proposal would see a federal takeover of vocational education which would be a disaster for TAFE campuses in New South Wales and the Turnbull Government needs to explain to local people in KingsfordSmith exactly what their plans are and how much damage they would do to local TAFE colleges.


The Liberals cannot be trusted with our TAFE system.  Under the Liberals watch, the vocational education and training sector has been in crisis with VET FEE-HELP loans escalating from $699 million in 2013 to $1.7 billion in 2014 following their inability to stop shonks and sharks targeting vulnerable students in the training sector.


The Liberals have an appalling track record in the vocational education sector so far – they cannot be trusted with our TAFEs.


In New South Wales, the O’Farrell and Baird Liberal Governments have sacked over 3,600 teachers, course costs have escalated and they have further plans to close or cut regional campuses.


Since the election of the Abbott/Turnbull Governments, the Liberals have cut almost $2.5 billion from skills and training, including $1 billion from apprentice programs and the Tools for Your Trade program. They have also axed great programs like the National Workforce Development Fund and language, literacy and numeracy programs.


The $1 billion cut to apprentices has seen apprentice numbers across Australia plummet 417,700 apprentices in September 2013 to 295,300 apprentices (September 2015).


That is 122,400 fewer apprentices in training.


In KingsfordSmith, apprentice numbers have fallen from 3,211 in June 2014 to 2,137 in March 2015.  That is over 1,000 less apprentices in training in our area.


The Turnbull Government cannot be trusted with education and training people for the workforces of the future.


The Liberals have cut almost $2.5 billion from skills and training.


The Liberals have cut $30 billion from our schools.


On top of all that Malcolm Turnbull also wants to cut university funding by 20 per cent and deregulate fees which could see students paying $100,000 for a university degree.


Malcom Turnbull needs to stop putting his head in the sand and come clean on his plans for a TAFE-destroying vocational education takeover.