The Baillieu government's $290 million cuts to TAFEs will have a devastating impact on students in the Hotham electorate, Simon Crean said.
Our TAFEs are essential in giving people the skills they need to get a secure job.
The Federal Government has invested $224 million in TAFEs over the last four years through projects that have upgraded facilities and equipment in 39 campuses across Victoria, in addition to the $360 million funding provided on average each year.
There has always been a strong partnership approach to TAFE investment across governments – so it is a tragedy that the Baillieu government has slashed funding and broken that partnership.
Investments in skills and training are not costs – they're an investment in the future economic prosperity of a nation, they're an investment governments must make. The Baillieu government is risking significant skills shortages with these short-sighted TAFE cuts.
Last time the Baillieu government cut funding to TAFEs, Holmesglen lost $4 million and cut 30 jobs. This time, Holmesglen will lose $30 million, which is a third of its State Government funding.
Holmesglen has warned that it can only meet this funding shortfall through more cuts and fee increases, which will have a devastating impact on the education and training of local young people.
Simon Crean encouraged people concerned about the TAFE cuts to sign the online petition.