The union has called for public TAFEs to be properly funded, saying that the collapse of the private company demonstrates why taxpayer funds must be prioritised TAFE colleges.
The union was reacting to this week’s collapse and placement into administration of Global Intellectual Holdings, the company behind several private Australian training providers, including Aspire College of Education, The Design Works College of Design, RTO Services Group and the Australian Indigenous College.
“The vocational education and training loan system has been widely rorted by for-profit private training colleges,” said Meredith Peace, Victorian Branch President of the Australian Education Union.
“Governments have failed to take the decisive steps needed to stop the rorting and ensure that tens of millions of dollars more of taxpayer funds are not wasted.”
According to Peace, the Andrews Government must redirect “public funding away from dodgy private collages and to our TAFE institutes as their key response to the review of vocational education and training that was completed in December last year”.
“We know that TAFEs are best placed to deliver high quality vocational education and training to make Victorians ready for employment.
“There have been countless examples of unscrupulous training outfits signing-up vulnerable jobseekers, claiming government subsidies and saddling the jobseeker with debt.
“Courses are usually delivered online, with minimum course hours rarely met, and too often students never complete the online modules at all. If they do, they certainly do not graduate with the skills they need to gain employment.
“We need a training system that can deliver for industries of the future. The only solution is to limit the amount of money private providers can claim from government at 30 percent of the overall VET funding budget.”
Peace says the rest of the funding must go to TAFEs.
“It is time the Victorian Government acted to guarantee 70% of VET funding for public TAFEs.
“Public TAFEs are trusted to deliver skilled graduates and must be properly resourced.”