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Premier’s TAFE plan – fewer courses, fewer teachers, fewer jobs

  • Will Hodgman dodges questions on TAFE courses
  • Construction, IT, plumbing courses all a mess
  • Government must adopt Labor’s policy for free TAFE courses

Will Hodgman is failing to invest in TAFE and as a result, TAFE is failing young Tasmanians who are trying to get a job.

Last month, students in Information Technology Cert IV in Launceston were told their course was being postponed until next year.

This year 100 Tasmanians applied to study Construction Cert II but only 12 were accepted due to a lack of teachers.

Students who were excluded from the construction course were advised to look at other courses, including plumbing and electrotechnology – but neither of these courses are being offered this year.

Shadow TAFE, University and Skills Minister Michelle O’Byrne said Will Hodgman had failed to stand up for TAFE and Tasmanian students.

“Will Hodgman’s only plan for TAFE is to offer fewer courses with fewer teachers,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“He has never believed in TAFE and he never will.

“The Minority Liberal Government has broken our TAFE system, with more than 2000 apprenticeships lost while Will Hodgman has been Premier.

“We gave him the opportunity today to work with Labor to offer free TAFE courses in key sectors such as disability and aged care, building and construction, and tourism – but Mr Hodgman again failed to stand up for our training sector.”

Michelle O’Byrne MP
Shadow TAFE, University and Skills Minister