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Your say: Half-baked ideas endanger us all

​The article in The Australian, “TAFE’s shortcut courses get a rise from bakers”, on 18 July 2018, stated that TAFE is offering a shortened version of Certificate III in Retail Baking that allows a student to earn the same qualification in 18 weeks as someone who has completed a four-year apprenticeship. What a half-baked idea.

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TAFE and Corrective Services on Federation’s election agenda

Our public TAFE system was the envy of the world, but then it started to be destroyed, Federation President Maurie Mulheron told Annual Conference Delegates earlier this week.

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Language learning fundamental to social cohesion, Annual Conference hears

Improvements need to be made to language education provision in NSW public schools, Federation’s Multicultural Officer/Organiser Amber Flohm said at Annual Conference earlier this week.

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Salaries and funding among campaign issues for NSW state election

Federation will campaign for a significant breakthrough in teacher salaries in the next award — without trade-offs — Federation’s Annual Conference determined.

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When will the Federal Government learn?

The Federal Government had failed to learn the lessons of the NSW experiment, which introduced learning progressions and an online assessment tool into schools that were blamed for creating excessive teacher workload, President of the Australian Education Union Correna Haythorpe told Federation’s Annual Conference.

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Local events celebrate quality public vocational education

National TAFE Day celebrations were held around NSW on 19 June against the backdrop of a continuing crisis in TAFE funding and resourcing.

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Guaranteed funding for TAFE is the real solution

​The announcement by the NSW Minister for Skills regarding apprenticeship fees is an admission that the marketisation of VET brought in by the Smart and Skilled policy has failed.

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Federation marks TAFE disability support milestone

Federation celebrated 40 years of support services for TAFE students with a disability at a special function on Thursday evening, 7 June, at Federation House.

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TAFE voice tuned for election campaigns

​Plans for campaigning on TAFE issues during the upcoming state and federal elections were developed at a recent strategy meeting involving Federation officers in the Post Schools unit.

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TAFE shines at Vivid Sydney

Regional TAFE NSW students have not only hit the big city for this year’s Vivid Sydney but they’ve brought the bright lights with them.

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Minister Birmingham comments about basket weaving TAFE course causes social media storm

Simon Birmingham’s attempt to be smugly dismissive of Labor’s budget-reply commitment to TAFE funding have set off a social media storm, with thousands of TAFE graduates showing their support for TAFE and the positive effect their qualifications had on their lives and careers.

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Huge win for Victoria’s TAFE teachers

​This month’s Victorian Budget announcement will increase public sector wages 11.2 per cent by 30 June next year.

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TAFE bound by outdated training packages

TAFE should be approved to develop local qualifications outside the present restrictive training package regime, according to renowned academic and former TAFE teacher Professor Leesa Wheelahan.

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Labor budget response commits to restoring funding to public schools and TAFE

The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes Labor’s commitment to restore in full the $17 billion cut from schools by the Turnbull Government.

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Unions recognise TAFE as best provider

TAFE has strong support within the union movement as the preferred provider of vocational education. Trades unions appreciate the breadth of education provided by TAFE, including industrial issues encountered in the workplace and the fact that TAFE provides opportunities for apprentices to learn about and join their union.

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Turnbull’s Budget fails our children

The federal Budget has failed to deliver fair funding for public schools, with the Turnbull Government yet again prioritising big business over our children and their future.

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Fairness sacrificed, says Shadow Education Minister

The Turnbull Government has sacrificed fairness for consistency, federal Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek told Federation’s May Council meeting on Saturday.

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Minister commits to permanent teachers in TAFE

The Minister for TAFE Adam Marshall has listened to TAFE teachers and committed to recruit permanent teachers to TAFE NSW.

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Federal Government slow to respond on TAFE report

The Federal Government has paid little more than lip service to a raft of recommendations for TAFE made by the Standing Committee on Education and Employment in a report it tabled three-and-a-half years ago.

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Stop TAFE Cuts campaign update

Federation members continue to campaign against the federal and state governments’ failed vocational education policies.

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Federation’s Stop TAFE Cuts campaign continues

Federation’s Stop TAFE Cuts campaign continued with protests at Padstow and Wyong TAFE. TAFE teachers and community members met with state Opposition Leader Luke Foley at Padstow on the first stop of Labor’s “Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums” campaign.

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