TAFE has played a fundamental role in the lives of many Queenslanders be it to get their trade qualifications, to be recognised for the skills they have developed in the workplace, as a bridge to other education avenues, improve their basic literacy and numeracy skills or simply to help discover their newest hobby.
Maintaining TAFE is critical if we want to be able to continue our State’s tradition of any Queenslander having the opportunity to be able to improve their lives.
TAFE Workers are seeking a set of reform principals to be adhered to as we move through the implementation of the TAFE review 2013. These principles ensure that the first class education which has traditionally been offered by TAFE continues.
• That TAFE remain a quality and accessible institution.
• The community obligation in relation to fundamental courses such as numeracy and literacy continue to be provided ensuring that any Queenslander who wants to improve their lives has an opportunity to do so.
• That recognition continue to be given to the long term staff of TAFEs and the significant value that is added to student’s education through their contribution. That the removal of teaching positions is in direct opposition to this principle.
• That significant and meaningful consultation is undertaken before any significant change to a campus including but not limited, changes to or discontinuation of subjects and closure of campuses. That this consultation should happen with both community input and staff input.