Senator meets with TAFE teachers
TAFE workers and teachers in New South Wales got a visit from the Federal Skills Minister on Wednesday.
Senator Chris Evans said he met with some of the TAFE teachers who could be losing their jobs as a result of changes to the state's TAFE system.
He said the loss of up to 800 jobs could lead to reduced access to training courses.
But Mr Evans' meeting comes after state Education Minister Adrian Piccoli pulled the TAFE out from a direct departmental responsibility.
The TAFE system was put under the control of an independent private managing director, as part of a major restructure.
The changes to the system also included fee increases for TAFE courses.
Senator Evans said the state government's plans for TAFE were short-sighted and undermined the vocational education system.
"TAFEs are essential public institutions which the Gillard Government values highly," he said.
"They are on the frontline when it comes to giving people in NSW the skills they need to get a job and are essential in delivering training for students in our regions and for disadvantaged students."