New campaign to boost Tafe numbers
THE State Government has launched a new campaign to attract more parents and potential students to Tafe.
In August last year, the State School Teachers' Union of Western Australia revealed Tafe student numbers had plummeted by almost 9000. Polytechnic West which has campuses in Thornlie and Bentley - saw a decrease of 3.2 per cent in 2014.
Department of Training and Workforce Development director general Ruth Shean said she was expecting enrolments at Tafe to rise, by comparing figures to this time last year.
“Early indications show there has been a 12 per cent increase in the number of people who have applied for a full time place for semester one courses in 2016 at State Training Providers, compared to figures for semester 1 last year,” she said.
The ‘Make a Name’ campaign will run on television, radio and online until June this year.
“The Tafe Choices campaign aims to encourage parents, students and those looking to re-skill to thoroughly explore the training opportunities offered by State Training Providers.
“The new Tafe Choices website makes information about VET courses even more accessible for potential students.”
Minister for Training and Workforce Development Liza Harvey said the campaign aimed at encouraging more people to consider Tafe as an option. “Tafe has come a long way over the years and provides some of the most diverse and exciting career training opportunities," she said.