Queensland Government must rethink direction for VET investment
Expectedly, this coincides with NCVER data showing payments to non-TAFE providers for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Queensland was the highest nationally, at 33 per cent of the total operating expenses.
Government-funded VET students, market share by provider type, January to June 2018
Source: Queensland Economy Watch, November 2018.
CCIQ’s Senior Policy Advisor, Catherine Liddell, says while TAFE plays an important role in the VET system, the push for an increased share of State funding to go to TAFE poises the risk of reduced quality, flexibility and responsiveness if private providers fall away.
“It would be hard to argue that TAFE wasn’t critical to the VET ecosystem, it is often the only provider in many of Queensland’s regional areas,” Mrs Liddell said.
“What we are saying is that the contestable model is clearly working, with private providers becoming increasingly a more attractive option for students.
“The State Government may need to rethink its position of having TAFE as the premier provider of VET to a more broader support for all training providers.”
Mrs Liddell reaffirms CCIQ has always advocated for a model where State government funding is allocated in a demand-driven manner to reflect the eagerness of employers for greater choice in training options.
“The needs of different businesses vary and often different organisations - whether private or public - are better able to provide the training and education that are required.
“Strong training policy is critical in promoting investment in apprentices and trainees, with the view to building a foundation for future economic growth in Queensland.”