In recent months there has been much discussion about the Vocational Education and Training (VET) reforms being undertaken by the Victorian Coalition Government. Some have argued that funding for VET has been reduced. However this is far from the truth; reforms to refocus the VET sector announced by the Coalition Government will in fact increase VET opportunities for Victorians.
One reason for these beliefs is that it is often forgotten in discussions surrounding TAFE that the training sector in Victoria is far broader than TAFEs alone, encompassing community, industry and private providers, many of which are delivering stellar results.
Many suggest that the removal of full service provider funding to TAFEs would impact negatively on disadvantaged students, when in fact the largest growth in this area has been driven by ACE and private providers. TAFE enrolments by students with a disability and indigenous students have largely remained static. By the end of 2011, ACE and private providers delivered training to 56 per cent of VET students with a disability and 44 per cent of Indigenous students.
Foundation skills courses are important pathways programs and include the Certificate I in Transition Education and the Certificate I in Work Education, both of which attract the highest course subsidy from 1 July at $14 per student contact hour. Concession fees will continue to be available to people with health care and pension cards undertaking training up to Certificate IV level, and for all Indigenous people, up to Diploma level.
The Coalition Government has also committed an additional $1 billion over the next four years to support a strong, sustainable, efficient and market-driven vocational education and training system.
Learn Local providers currently delivering exclusively in accredited course areas, such as foundation studies, will be better off owing to the increased government subsidies for these courses.
Learn Local providers in Waverley are:
- Waverley Adult Literacy Program
- Waverley Community Learning Centre Inc.
- Wavlink Inc.