Reforms cause concern for Bega

TAFE Illawarra is no more, with individual institutes dismantled and placed under the control of one streamlined provider.
Nanjing Night Net

TAFE Illawarra is no more, withindividual institutes dismantled and placed under the control of onestreamlined provider.

Minister for Skills John Barilaro announced on Wednesday last weekthe state’s 10 TAFE institutes would become one overarching, multi-campus operation –part of “once-in-a-generationreforms”ofthe sector.

The change comes into effect immediately but it is unclear how TAFEIllawarra will be effected.

As part of the change a new digital education headquarters will be created in regional NSW to deliver more online and in-workplace training in a move the government says will expand TAFE’s reach and reverse the huge recent decline in enrolments.

TAFE Illawarra Bega campus Teachers Federation representative David Grainger is concerned the push towards online learning could have a negative affect on students and could also mean job losses at the local campus.

“The Bega campus is a fantastic resource and I would hate to see it downsized and for students to suffer,” he said.

Mr Grainger’s concerns lay in thatevery person learns differently and he believesstreamlining the approach could make TAFE more difficult for people who learn best with hands-on demonstrations and face-to-face discussions.

NSW Teachers Federation representative for Bega’s TAFE campus David Grainger at a “Stop TAFE cuts” forum in 2014.

“There are other parts to learning including access to a counsellor or a careers advisorand being able to go to a library and be assisted by a trained librarian,” he said.

“These other services can mean the difference between success and failure for many local students.”

The announcement last week did not go into detail on how it will be implemented and Mr Grainger said this is the main problem as he is “more worried about what wasn’t announced”.

Mr Barilaroassured the News Weekly on Tuesday, July 18, that there wereno plans in placetoclosethe TAFE Illawarra Bega campus.

“Where there is a TAFE today, there will be a TAFE in the future,” Mr Barilaro said.

“TAFE is not leaving town.”

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