TAFE changes will ‘cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties’

Pilbara News - - News - Ni­cola Kal­mar

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.

Pic­ture: Ben Leahy

Un­cer­tain­ties re­main around the Pil­bara In­sti­tute and Kim­ber­ley Train­ing In­sti­tute merger into North Re­gional TAFE.

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