Greens MP Dawn Walker is set to join local TAFE teachers, students and unionists outside Gosford TAFE.
“The Greens believe that a well-funded and public TAFE system is vital to the future of NSW, but TAFE has been pushed to the brink by the current State Coalition’s budget cuts and privatisation agenda said Dawn Walker.
“Since the introduction of their ‘Smart and Skilled program’ in 2015, the Liberal-National Government has slashed funds to education and training by $1.7 billion, redirecting taxpayer funds into subsidising courses offered by private colleges with track records of money grabbing, poor teaching and abysmally low graduation rates.
“Combined with large increases in student fees and the loss of over 2,500 TAFE teachers and support staff, it’s high time the NSW Government realise that it's shameful agenda to privatise vocational education is failing and restore funding to the public TAFE system.
“Only last week, the NSW Business Council warned that NSW faces a major skills shortage with a labour deficit of 10,000 workers in the tourism and hospitality sectors if the Government doesn’t invest in skills training.
“The Central Coast has a strong network of local TAFE campuses at Gosford, Ourimbah and Wyong that were set up to provide the community with skills and training right here on the Central Coast.
“TAFE should be at the heart of of skilling up our workforce and locals should to send the Coalition Government a clear message that TAFE matters.