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TAFE does the heavy lifting

Report shows  mismatch between federal VET student loan funding and skill priorities

TDA NEWS    |    12 April 2016

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A TAFE Directors Australia (TDA)-commissioned analysis of official data reveals ‘for profit’ private training colleges have gained a massive 75% share of the $3 billion Commonwealth VET FEE-HELP funding, while the public TAFE sector continues to do the “heavy lifting”.

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The research was undertaken for TDA by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research TDA quote April(NCVER). TDA sought the NCVER analysis to assess courses, funding, educational outcomes, market share, completions and employment by provider type, and also to track the source of VET FEE-HELP loans.

The report, Trends in public and private VET provision: participation, financing and outcomes, accessed NCVER’s own National VET Provider collection, supplemented by preliminary Total VET Activity (TVA) data for 2014, and included, for the first time, an analysis of the Commonwealth’s official VET FEE-HELP data.

The performance of Australia’s 57 TAFE Institutes emerges strongly, dominating all major state and territory VET-funded ‘fields of education’ and trade apprenticeships.

The chief executive of TDA, Martin Riordan said:

This analysis clearly demonstrates that despite the extraordinary growth of private colleges, the TAFE sector is doing the heavy lifting in delivering high quality skills, qualifications and jobs.

Even more encouraging, TAFE emerged as the dominant training provider, with superior completion and employment rates, even as private sector competition intensified.

He said the findings have disturbing consequences for federal tertiary education policy.

While TAFE delivered 63% of enrolments across the majority of fields of education, Commonwealth allocation of student loans to TAFE fell to just 20% in 2014, and the government’s own emergency legislation to halt private college rorts has worsened this reduction in funding for TAFE students.

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 Trends in public and private VET provision: participation, financing and outcomes

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