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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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Market-goers share TAFE success stories, fear consequences of funding cuts

Terrific stories about how TAFE can change people’s lives were revealed by locals at the Riverside Markets in Kempsey on Saturday, Federation TAFE Organiser Adam Curlis said.

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TAFE failed by smart move

The NSW Government’s vocational education policy, Smart and Skilled, continues to fail our communities, TAFE students, teachers and support staff.

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TAFE campaign alive and well

TAFE student funding was a critical issue in the federal by-election for the seat of Bennelong. On Friday, 24 November, a rally bringing together TAFE students, teachers and community supporters was held at Meadowbank TAFE, one of two TAFE colleges in the electorate along with the Ryde campus.

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TAFE teacher rises to top

With the help of Federation, TAFE Baking Trades teacher Dean Tilden is off to Paris next year for the world cup of all things pastry, The Masters de la Boulangerie.

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Vouchers won’t fix the TAFE system

Jennifer Westacott and the Business Council of Australia’s proposals for Education and Skills released at the National Press Club today are another disappointing suggestion that fails to recognise the very real issues facing vocational education in this country.

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TAFE’s future to be re-imagined at national conference in Sydney

Re-imagining TAFE for the future will be the focus of a national conference in Sydney hosted by the Australian Education Union and the John Cain Foundation. The “Future of Public TAFE Institutions – new social policy” will aim to begin formulating the sector’s mission, and consider what TAFE will look like in the future, as anchor institutions in their communities to help people realise their aspirations.

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Wear It Purple Day

Schools and workplaces can paint the town purple to celebrate diversity on Wear It Purple Day, 25 August. Last year, schools recognised the occasion in some creative ways, including rainbow fun runs, guest speakers, purple/rainbow mufti days and mural painting. Federation also marked Wear It Purple Day by organising a morning tea with a purple and rainbow bake-off that resulted in some fantastic creations.

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TAFE Managers secure new Enterprise Agreement

TAFE managers have secured a 2.5 per cent salary increase each year for two years while preserving all working conditions,

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TAFE Managers secure new Enterprise Agreement

TAFE managers have secured a 2.5 per cent salary increase each year for two years while preserving all working conditions, in a ballot for a new Enterprise agreement. Eighty-six per cent of TAFE Managers who took part in the ballot (61 per cent) voted YES.

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VOTE YES NOW in the TAFE Ballot

Federation urges members to vote YES in the TAFE Commission of NSW TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement 2017 ballot. The ballot opened at 12.01am on Friday 28th July and will close 11.59pm on Monday 31st July. The outcome of this ballot will determine TAFE Managers’ working conditions for the next two years. Members do not have to be at TAFE to vote; members can vote on the internet or by telephone.

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Federation to build Stop TAFE Cuts campaign

Federation resolved at Annual Conference to build the national Stop TAFE Cuts campaign and to build cross-party political support to commit to a 70 per cent funding guarantee for TAFE. “We will resource it well and make this the national issue that we have made Gonski,” Federation President Maurie Mulheron told delegates today (Monday).

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National TAFE Day

While the future of thousands of Australian vocational training and education (VET) students remain uncertain, today’s National TAFE Day reminds students, educators and the community that the Federal Government needs to do more to secure funding for Australia’s public TAFEs.

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Teachers welcome Labor’s pledge to invest in public schools and TAFE

The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes Federal Labor’s budget reply announcement of greater investment in public schools and TAFE.

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TAFE teachers’ experience vital at new Skillspoints

The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes the Minister for skills, John Barilaro’s announcement of 9 Skillspoints across the state. These centres will provide an opportunity to re-establish and expand TAFE’s ability to create high quality curriculum to support training packages and specialised TAFE courses required by Industry. Teachers Federation Deputy Secretary Maxine Sharkey said it was important that experienced TAFE teachers took a leading role in the new centres.

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Fair Work gives green light to TAFE EA

The Fair Work Commission has approved the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2016 that members voted to accept last November. This means members will begin receiving the benefits of the new Enterprise Agreement – including a 2.5 per cent annual pay rise over three years with all current conditions locked in – from February 3, in accordance with Section 54 of the Fair Work Act. The nominal expiry date of the Agreement is February 3, 2020.

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College collapse shows why TAFE must be properly funded

The dire situation of students caught up in the collapse of another private training college shows why public funding of vocational training must be directed to TAFE rather than shared among unreliable private operators. “The 800 students who had signed up to Australasian College should have had the opportunity and security of admission to TAFE courses that deliver guaranteed programs based on quality teaching that delivers qualifications respected by industry,” acting Federation President Denis Fitzgerald said.

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