MS TIERNEY– To ask the Minister for Employment and Trade: In relation to the job losses at South West TAFE due to the Baillieu government cuts to the TAFE system: what assistance will the Baillieu government provide South West TAFE workers who will be made redundant.
I am informed that:
The government has made changes to the way TAFE institutes are funded in order to achieve a more focussed and productive vocational education and training system in Victoria.
Decisions regarding staffing are to be made by each individual TAFE institute.
In responding to changes in workforces, the Department of Business and Innovation has worked with South West TAFE and local businesses to identify potential employment opportunities to retain skills in the Warrnambool region.
The department offered to coordinate information and support for affected employees from the relevant government agencies and service providers. This includes access to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Workers in Transition Program for retraining opportunities.
South West TAFE has provided affected employees with a range of support including information, advice, and access to outplacement services.