With the NSW electorate going to the polls tomorrow, surveys show the NSW Government and the Labor Opposition locked in a 50-50 battle. In other words, it’s “too close to call”.
Additional major party statements on approaches to the state’s not-for-profit community education providers are now available, courtesy of Adult Learning Australia.
The Office of the Deputy Premier, the Hon John Barilaro MP, writes: “Similar to our fee-free apprenticeships initiative, traineeship courses will be available through approved Smart and Skilled providers, including TAFE NSW, but also at community colleges, industry-based providers and non-government providers. Currently, 80% of apprenticeships are delivered through TAFE, while TAFE delivers only 17% of traineeships.”
Prue Car, Member for Londonderry and Shadow Minister for TAFE and Skills, writes: “NSW Labor values the importance adult and community education providers as meaningful pathways to work and further training. A NSW Labor Government will work with the sector to ensure the ongoing viability of adult learning and to ensure it has a place in the VET system.”