VICTORIAN students are continuing to lose faith in our state’s training sector, as enrolments under the Andrews Labor Government continue to plummet, says Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan.
Data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows TAFE student numbers dropped by 52,400 between 2015 and 2016.
Asked about the decrease in Parliament on Wednesday, Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney appeared unaware of the data, which is a key measure of Victoria’s training system.
It isn’t the first time Ms Tierney has been unaware of key events in her own portfolio. Two weeks ago she failed to explain why Victoria’s 2016 training market data was eight months overdue. The report still hasn’t been published.
Labor cut $45 million from the state’s training budget in its May budget.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan
The training sector is in chaos but the Andrews Labor Government continually fails to provide the leadership needed to fix this mess.
Daniel Andrews and Gayle Tierney are stuck in the past if they believe their 2015 ‘quality blitz’ on dodgy private providers can explain why droves of Victorian students have left TAFE.
Gayle Tierney is so distracted by her Corrections portfolio and the state’s crime crisis that she appears to have no clue of the crisis within Victoria’s training sector.
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