Word on TAFE jobs imminent
TAFE workers and teachers on the Northern Rivers should find out if their jobs will continue by the end of this week or early next week.
Job losses and the disappearance of some courses are feared after funding cuts were announced last year by the NSW State Government.
Lester Searle, director of TAFE Services for Information Technology and Creative Industries in the North Coast, said their intention had been to finalise this process and communicate all funding cuts and job losses before Christmas.
"We have been unable to finalise this process as the trade union launched a dispute with Fair Work Australia about the consultation process and we were unable to resolve this yet," he said.
Mr Searle, who is based in Coffs Harbour, said discussions this week between the union and TAFE made him hopeful that an agreement would be reached shortly.
One student waiting to find out the fate of her teachers was Amanda Bromfield, of Lennox Head.
The artist's first individual exhibition opened yesterday at the Star Court Arcade, in the Window of Opportunity space. The exhibition, part of the Lismore Art in the Heart program, includes four rococo-style ceramic figurines.
The artworks are based on the style of the French king Louis XV and more specifically in the style of Marie Antoinette.
The free exhibition will be open for a month.
Ms Bromfield completed a Certificate IV in Painting at Lismore TAFE in 2009, a Diploma in Fine Arts in 2011, and a second Diploma in Ceramics last year.
"People really flourished. I would have never ventured into ceramics if it wasn't for the support from our teachers. I would not be the artist I am today without them," Ms Bromfield said.
"TAFE Lismore offers artists in the area more than just skills, teachers really care for students and helped us deliver skills to better market our work," she said.