Chisholm Institute of TAFE has struggled with the massive changes forced upon it by the Baillieu and Napthine Governments, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said today.

Mr Andrews visited Chisholm’s Berwick campus with Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan to discuss what impact the Coalition Government’s changes to TAFE were having in the local area.

“Chisholm is a very important provider of vocational education and training in Melbourne’s rapidly growing south-eastern suburbs,” Mr Andrews said.

“But the Napthine Government has slashed $30 million from Chisholm’s annual budget in last year’s massive TAFE cuts.

“To add insult to injury, the Skills Minister Peter Hall sacked the chair of Chisholm’s board, David Willersdorf.

“Mr Willersdorf, who personally turned a family business into a $400 million operation, was sacked last week by Mr Hall, who said when he announced the sackings that he wanted to strengthen the economic credentials of TAFE boards.”

Mr Donnellan said that the change of Premier had made no difference to families needing to up-skill or retrain in the south-eastern suburbs.

“After Ted Baillieu was dropped by the Liberal Party as Premier, Mr Napthine said he wanted to be a decisive leader, but one of the first decisions his government made was to continue to gut TAFE,” he said.

“The fact remains that regardless of who is actually leading the Coalition Government, they just don’t care about TAFE.

“Mr Napthine did announce $50 million a year to help TAFEs restructure, but you can bet your bottom dollar suburban TAFEs like Chisholm won’t see a cent.

“Mr Napthine needs to come to Berwick and see what damage his Government is doing to Chisholm and TAFE across the state.”

Published on April 9, 2013