TAFE Students are Winners

The TAFE Teachers Association congratulates TAFE students who participated in the World Skills Competition recently, and gained such outstanding results.

Linda Simon, Secretary of the TAFE Teachers Association said today: "The TAFE Teachers Association congratulates TAFE students who participated in the World Skills Competition recently, and gained such outstanding results. Three gold medals were won by TAFE NSW students with many students and teachers demonstrating their excellence in trade skills training and education. Students have rightly acknowledged the excellent vocational education and training they have received through TAFE."

"It's just as well", said Ms Simon, "that the students are not aware of the views being openly expressed by the Federal Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, Gary Hardgrave, who criticises TAFE at every opportunity, and threatens to remove Federal funding from TAFE. Under these difficult conditions, it is wonderful that teachers and students can focus on real achievements that can make a difference to this country."

"On behalf of all TAFE teacher and students in NSW, we call on the Federal Government at its MINCO meeting on Friday 10 June, to properly fund TAFE, provide for ongoing growth funding, and remove the punitive conditions surrounding the VET funding agreement," said Ms Simon.

"TAFE teachers across NSW made it clear by their united protest action on 1 June, that they will not accept the Federal Government's determination to undermine quality vocational education and training in this country."

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