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Assets from NSW TAFE reform need to remain in the training system

"The TAFE reform announcement today by NSW Skills Minister, John Barilaro, is a significant marker in the continuing focus on outcomes, innovation and customer focus for vocational education in the State," Australian Industry Group NSW Branch Head, Mark Goodsell, said today.

"NSW industry is a major customer of TAFE and businesses need a flexible responsive modern service provider in return for the substantial investment the state makes in TAFE. This demands much more than a simple stocktake of how many aging and underused facilities can carry the TAFE sign.

"Importantly, the Minister has committed to retaining the proceeds of asset recycling within the TAFE system and industry will monitor that commitment as we face significant but evolving skill needs in NSW which will require additional and continuing investment.

"A strong and relevant public provider remains the cornerstone of the State's Vocational Education and Training system. But it cannot be a static investment - industry and student needs as well as educational practice are evolving too quickly for that.

"Learning options that blend on and off the job training; class and on-line teaching and integration with the technology currently used in workplaces are vital. Also non-negotiable is a world class capacity to truly understand and follow industry skill trends.

"The fundamentals of these elements exist in TAFE but they will not be fully realised unless the organisation can make sensible decisions about how it configures its asset base and develops and deploys its workforce. That is true of any organisation," Mr Goodsell said.

Further Comment: Mark Goodsell – 0418 408 871

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