New cam­paign to boost Tafe num­bers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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