TAFE changes will ‘create opportunities’
North Regional TAFE’s newly appointed head says recent structural changes to the institute will create opportunities for staff and students, despite claims these will further destabilise the workforce.
Interim managing director Kevin Doig said although the amalgamation of the Pilbara Institute and Kimberley Training Institute had resulted in some positions being cut, no one would be forced out of a job.
Mr Doig said since the restructure 12 voluntary redundancies had been offered to staff though he declined to say how many had taken up the offer so far.
“We’ve got almost a cascading approach to dealing with staff to make sure that staff get every opportunity they can for jobs,” he said.
“But essentially, no one will be forced out of a job; even though we’re reducing some numbers, most staff will find meaningful work ... we’ll find a slot for them.”
NRT recently announced Mr Doig will be based at the Broome campus, though he plans to divide his time between the Pilbara and Kimberley.
Mr Doig said college senior management staff will be situated across the major campuses with two training directors working out of each region. However, the Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Stephen Dawson said he was “very concerned” about the new changes to TAFE institutes, which would see “further destabilisation among the staff who have been living with constant changes under this government”.
“TAFE workers won’t speak out for fear of losing their jobs but in private I've been told this latest change could sound the death knell for a quality TAFE system in the Pilbara,” he said.
Uncertainties remain around the Pilbara Institute and Kimberley Training Institute merger into North Regional TAFE.