Shadow Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Steph Ryan
The Andrews Labor Government has slashed funding for student training at Melbourne Polytechnic, despite promising before the elections to grow enrolments and ‘rescue’ TAFE.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s annual report, tabled in Parliament last week, reveals funding to subsidise student training was cut from $34.3 million in 2014 to $29.2 million in 2015.
(Annual report p.48 Note 2: Income from Transactions ‘State Government-contestable’ http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/file_uploads/Melbourne_Polytechnic_Annual_Report_2015_CpYWsMzC.pdf)
Funding to directly subsidise student training has declined by $4.9 million or 14.3 per cent.
As a result of Labor’s cuts to TAFE, student enrolments plummeted by 17.6 per cent, from 43,919 in 2014 to 36,171 in 2015 (annual report p.23).
Last year the 2014 training market data report was released in March. Daniel Andrews is yet to release the 2015 report which details the true extent of his cuts to training in northern Melbourne.
Comments from Shadow Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Steph Ryan:
“Daniel Andrews’ promise to ‘rescue’ TAFE was a cruel hoax.
“Under Labor, Melbourne Polytechnic has lost $4.9 million for training and there are now 7748 fewer enrolments than when Daniel Andrews took office.
“Students in Melbourne’s north deserve better than Daniel Andrews’ lies about TAFE.
“Local Labor MPs Vicki Ward, Colin Brooks and Bronwyn Halfpenny should be ashamed of the way they have misled the people of northern Melbourne.
“Daniel Andrews must immediately release the training data detailing the full impact of these cuts on student enrolments at Melbourne Polytechnic.”
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