Latrobe Valley Express | 25 November 2013
A potential merger between GippsTAFE and Chisholm Institute of TAFE will be workshopped over the coming months, through a Memorandum of Understanding signed between parties exploring joint course delivery models.
GippsTAFE chair John Mitchell has confirmed a “very robust and extensive review of options” is underway, designed to form a business model of operations and course delivery to improve the financial viability of the institutions. Mitchell said:
We are asking how we can share our product delivery and capabilities while reducing our costs – we are being very methodical about gathering factual information to actually guide us into what we think is the best option.
However he said the process review is far too early to rule in or out potential outcomes, including timelines, curriculum arrangements or employment outcomes.
News of the arrangement comes after a tumultuous period of restructure for GippsTAFE, forced by $300 million in State Government funding cuts to the sector in May last year.