Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino and State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley today met with Hampton Park Secondary College students and Principal David Finnerity, to discuss the impact of the Baillieu Government’s devastating
cuts to TAFE.

Mr Finnerity said that changes to the funding system and the introduction of five funding bands will severely disadvantage young women seeking to undertake further education
or enter the workplace.

“Courses in hospitality, retail, customer service and administration traditionally attract
young women,”

“Unfortunately these courses will now receive the least amount of Government funding at less than $2 per student hour,”

“Many young women will now find that their capacity to afford a course will ultimately decide if they can undertake further education or training.”

Ms Graley said that TAFE’s across Victoria have warned of cuts, fee increases and closures in order to meet the funding shortfall.

“Our TAFEs are essential in giving young people the skills they need to get a job,” she said

“Today Vanessa, Brittany and Madison told us that they had been forced to put on hold their plans to study at TAFE and get a job,”

“This is a direct result of the Baillieu Government’s callous cuts to TAFE funding.”

Ms Graley said that Chisholm TAFE, which has campuses in Berwick and Cranbourne, will lose around $26 million – a third of its government funding.

“The people at Chisholm TAFE work very hard to give their students the best possible chance of securing a job, but they will now have to make very tough decisions to cope with the funding loss,” she said

“If you wanted to send a message to working people that you don’t care about their kids’ future then you would cut TAFE funding,”

“This is a Government that just doesn`t care.”