TAFE job cuts for re­gional WA

Pilbara News - - Education - Ni­cola Kal­mar and Ali­cia Perera

Around 90 TAFE jobs will be axed in re­gional WA, in­clud­ing in the Pil­bara, as part of a ma­jor State Govern­ment over­haul of vo­ca­tional and ed­u­ca­tional train­ing across WA.

WA Train­ing and Work­force Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey last week an­nounced 11 TAFE col­leges and their 70 cam­pus lo­ca­tions will be stream­lined into a net­work of five col­leges from April 11, in a move de­signed to save $23 mil­lion and pro­mote greater col­lab­o­ra­tion and re­source-shar­ing across re­gional and metropoli­tan col­leges.

The Pil­bara In­sti­tute will amal­ga­mate with the Kim­ber­ley Train­ing In­sti­tute to form the North Re­gional TAFE.

The change will re­sult in up to 230 job cuts, in­clud­ing 90 in the re­gions.

It is not known at this stage how many of those cuts will be in the Pil­bara as the new struc­ture is still be­ing de­ter­mined.

The re­form is in line with re­com- men­da­tions out­lined in the Train­ing Sec­tor Re­form Pro­ject, which iden­ti­fied WA as hav­ing six of the eight small­est col­leges in the coun­try and rec­om­mended more re­source-shar­ing be­tween col­leges and stronger links with lo­cal in­dus­try.

Mrs Har­vey said the changes would trans­fer a lot of money spent on TAFE ad­min­is­tra­tion over to teach­ing, where it can bet­ter ben­e­fit stu­dents.

“(City in­sti­tutes) may be able to send a lec­turer up to some of the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara cen­tres to de­liver course con­tent that wasn’t pre­vi­ously avail­able,” she said.

She said the re­forms would have min­i­mal im­pact on stu­dents this year and were ex­pected to pro­duce more cour­ses in the long term.

Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy chief ex­ec­u­tive Reg Howard-Smith said the WA re­sources sec­tor wel­comed the re­struc­ture.

The Pil­bara In­sti­tute and Kim­ber­ley Train­ing In­sti­tute both de­clined to com­ment at this time.

Pic­ture: Ben Leahy

The Pil­bara In­sti­tute will amal­ga­mate with the Kim­ber­ley Train­ing In­sti­tute to form the North Re­gional TAFE.

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