Mike Baird and Adrian Piccoli have ripped money from the NSW TAFEs, forcing them to either raise the cost of their courses or cut down the amount of places. Add your name today to send a message to Adrian Piccoli that all NSW Communities need access to affordable and high quality TAFE courses.
TAFE is the gateway for people young and old into some of the most important and valued jobs in NSW. Working with over 500,000 students a year, TAFE makes sure we learn the skills we need to make our state stronger - from nurses and mechanics through to early childhood educators and chefs. A good TAFE system means opportunity for our kids, opportunity for us when we want to change jobs, and opportunity in those times that we’re forced to change jobs through redundancy.
Over the past three years, the NSW Coalition Government has continued to drive TAFE funding into the ground. Mike Baird and the Liberals and Nationals voted to support massive cuts to TAFE earlier this year - forcing fees to rise dramatically from January 2015. This means apprentices will have to pay up to $2,000 a course. 40% of students will be paying between $500 and $1500 extra for a course. These cuts are outrageous, and will severely reduce training opportunities in all of our communities.
The Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, was one of the key architects of this plan. However, we know that many National backbenchers are nervous about these changes. That's why we need to let them know the whole community supports them - and call on Piccoli to reverse his foolish TAFE funding decisions. In regional areas, the local TAFE is an essential part of the local community and economy -- there is just too much at stake for regional and rural voters..
Add your name today to send a message to Adrian Piccoli and the NSW Nationals that all NSW communities need access to affordable and high quality TAFE courses. This is especially true in regional areas where there often just aren't any other opportuities.