Victorian Labor Leader Daniel Andrews joined Narre Warren South Labor MP Judith Graley for a meeting with local young people affected by the Baillieu Government’s TAFE cuts today.

Mr Andrews and Ms Graley met with Emma, Courtney and Lily – three VCAL students who have had their future training and employment prospects undermined by Mr Baillieu’s decision to rip $290 million out of our TAFEs.

Ms Graley said the cuts will have a particularly devastating impact on female TAFE students.

“A study released by the Victorian TAFE Association has found the cuts will impact up to 65,000 women,” she said

“The VTA has found that funding will be cut by up to 85 per cent for courses popular with women as a result of Mr Baillieu’s heartless decision,”

“Locally, Chisholm TAFE has announced it will cut 220 jobs,”

“Campuses are also at risk of closure, including the local Cranbourne campus.”

Ms Graley said the Baillieu Government’s decision to cut TAFE funding was particularly short-sighted, given Victoria’s high youth unemployment rate.

“Under the Baillieu Government, one in five young people can’t get a job,” she said

“Rather than make it easier for our young people to get a job, Mr Baillieu is sending them straight to the jobless queue.”

Ms Graley encouraged anyone concerned about the TAFE cuts to contact her office on 9704 6055 to sign the petition.