Reform safeguards WAs TAFE sector

Date: 24 February 2016

Reform project recommendations to strengthen public training system

70 current campuses will now be administered by five TAFE colleges


Reforms to the State's public vocational education and training sector will improve training options for students and reduce administrative duplication.

 

Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the Training Sector Reform Project, which started last year, recommended two key changes to the function and structure of the publicly funded training system.

 

"Currently we have 70 campuses administered by 11 TAFE colleges.  Under the changes these 70 campuses will be administered by five TAFE colleges," Mrs Harvey said.

 

"New arrangements will also be introduced for greater collaboration among the network of colleges, allowing resources and expertise to be shared across WA.  This will give students, particularly those in regional areas, access to more diverse training programs."

 

The Minister said there would be no impact on students enrolled in courses this year.

 

The reforms will also see the reinstatement of the TAFE brand, in recognition of the strong historical association and awareness by local communities.

 

The five new TAFE colleges will be named North Metropolitan TAFE, South Metropolitan TAFE, North Regional TAFE, Central Regional TAFE and South Regional TAFE.

 

"Students currently enrolled will still have access to their training as the current campuses and courses offered remain unchanged," Mrs Harvey said.

 

"Under the changes there will be greater local community and industry collaboration to ensure students are being trained to meet local industry needs."

 

The new structure will start operation on April 11, 2016.  Acting managing directors for each college will be appointed and new governing councils will be formed.

 

"The reform project found that WA had six of the eight smallest colleges in the country.  This reform will ensure our training system remains robust, sustainable and one of the best in Australia," the Minister said.

 

"TAFE colleges are a significant cornerstone of WA's vocational education and training system and these changes will ensure that this position continues while also ensuring colleges are sustainable into the future."

 

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