Education | November 02, 2015

TAFE enrolments drop in Grampians under Labor

Enrolments in government-subsidised training have dropped by 9 per cent in the Grampians region since Labor came to office, new data has revealed.

Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said the 2015 Half Yearly Training Market Report showed TAFEs were receiving less funding under Daniel Andrews.

“It's important our local young people have access to high quality training and education, so it is very concerning that Labor appear to be cutting TAFE opportunities here in western Victoria. 

“Enrolments in government-subsidised training in the Grampians region, which includes the Horsham, West Wimmera, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack shires, have collapsed under Daniel Andrews,” Ms Kealy said.

“There are now around 1,000 fewer government-subsidised enrolments in the region compared to this time last year, and all while youth unemployment is a major concern.

“Daniel Andrews promised to provide an extra $1.2 billion to TAFE and create 100,000 new full-time jobs in Victoria, but instead we are going backwards.

“Under Labor TAFEs are receiving less funding for training, not more, and that means less local students are getting the training they need for the career they want.”

Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan said the Andrews Labor Government had been hiding the training data for months, before silently releasing it online.

“These figures were hidden because they show Labor’s promises before the election to increase TAFE funding and grow enrolments were lies,” Ms Ryan said.

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