Federal Govt must ‘Rebuild with TAFE’ to create a positive future for all

first_imgFederal Govt must ‘Rebuild with TAFE’ to create a positive future for all The Australian Education Union (AEU) is calling on governments across the country to make TAFE their first priority as Australia looks to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and tackle the country’s skills crisis.The AEU launched the ‘Rebuild with TAFE’ campaign in Canberra today and used the launch to call on governments to properly fund TAFE and maximise the system’s potential to assist with the economic re-build, re-skill and upskill workers, address the apprentice shortage, reduce youth unemployment and provide career pathways for all Australians.AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said the TAFE system is a hugely valuable asset that is being neglected by the Federal Government and many state governments.“We’re launching the Rebuild with TAFE campaign because we’re sick of governments and politicians putting TAFE last and letting a critical part of Australia’s economy and education sector waste away.”The Federal Government has cut $3 billion in funding from vocational education since 2013 and pursued a relentless privatisation agenda, increasing the amount of low quality private training providers at great cost to TAFE.“All over Australia TAFE institutes are struggling with the impact of these funding cuts and poor policy decisions resulting in the loss of jobs and the cutting of courses. This is disastrous for the communities they support and must be addressed urgently.”Australia is facing many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as the public provider of vocational education TAFE is best placed to address those challenges if it is properly funded and supported.“Australia currently has a shortage of 200,000 apprentices while at the same time we also have plenty of Australians who are out of work. Rebuilding with TAFE will help our unemployed to re-train, upskill or get an apprenticeship and gain meaningful employment.“The National Cabinet itself has determined that skills is one of the six key priorities for the government, yet the Federal Government won’t properly fund the public provider of vocational education. That doesn’t make any sense.”TAFE is responsible for $92.5 billion per year in annual economic benefit to Australia, 16 times more than the annual cost to maintain the provider, but these longstanding and ongoing benefits would be permanently lost if governments fail to rebuild with TAFE.A 2020 national survey found that 94 per cent of Australians want to see more federal funding for TAFE and research has consistently found that Australians see TAFE as a vital part of Australia’s education sector that can provide career, social and economic opportunities for people from a wide range of backgrounds.Proper funding for TAFE will increase available courses, increase the number of campuses, and ensure high quality vocational education that will improve the lives of millions of Australians.“Australians trust and support TAFE and know the system can help re-build our economy, but we need our governments and politicians to show that same support by investing in TAFE to rebuild Australia socially and economically.“TAFE touches so many aspects of our society and economy from the arts and fashion, to construction, health and early childhood education, to opportunities for young people in rural and regional areas, and we cannot afford to lose it.“As we head to the next federal election, all political parties must commit to rebuilding with TAFE and we’ll be campaigning to make sure they understand how important this issue is to our communities.”NOTE: The AEU’s new national ‘Rebuild with TAFE’ advertisement can be viewed here /Public Release. 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SMPD to remain on ‘maximum deployment’ through weekend

first_imgHomeNewsElectionsSMPD to remain on ‘maximum deployment’ through weekend Nov. 06, 2020 at 6:03 amElectionsFeaturedNewsSMPD to remain on ‘maximum deployment’ through weekendBrennon Dixson7 months agomaximum deployment Polling stations are closed, but the Santa Monica Police Department will remain on maximum deployment this weekend to ensure the city is secure and residents are safe from potential unrest.Interim Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks said earlier this week that the voting process in Santa Monica went well and there were no incidents that occurred Tuesday related to the election. But with tensions high and uncertainty remaining, SMPD leaders believe it best for the department to continue its high-profile presence until Sunday at the earliest.As of 4 p.m. Thursday, there has been no information about any direct threats to our city, Seabrooks said. “Nevertheless, I want you to be certain about this: the women and men at the Santa Monica Police Department will continue to have a strong presence throughout the community. This presence includes both high visibility patrols in our commercial and business centers and in our residential neighborhoods. You’ll also see our helicopter overhead.”SMPD understands this may be a bit disconcerting, but aerial coverage is an invaluable resource that provides officers with additional situational awareness and enables officers to quickly deploy and manage field resources.“Because of the uncertainty our community has expressed to us, we want to make sure we are here and available to quickly respond or show our visual deterrence in the city,” SMPD Lt. Joseph Cortez said. “Currently, we have no personnel responding outside of the city outside of our prior arrangements. So, we have been able to maintain posture inside of our boundaries, and that’s because we really want everyone in the neighborhood or business areas to see a police officer.”Cortes said he and local officers expect the weekend to be quite calm and people will go about their business as usual. “It’s just we’re in a state where we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” so it’s best for everybody to be proactive.“But since we have so many officers around in the community, we are sure we have the ability to keep everybody safe,” Cortes said. “We have comprehensive plans in place that take from the best practices across the country; and to quote a lieutenant who’s been very involved with everything — ‘We’re ready. We got this.’ So I want the community to feel they can trust our preparation and know we are taking the necessary steps to produce the highest level of public safety.”“As always, we encourage you to keep communicating with us online and via telephone,” Seabrooks added in the video. “Our strong relationship with you is the key to us being able to keep Santa Monica safe.”[email protected] :maximum deploymentshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYour Column HereUber’s food delivery business outshines core rides serviceYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more