Why do we need to change VET in Tasmania?
There are real challenges in our current VET system and in our state: lifting participation and retention amongst our young people in education, and lifting productivity and skills levels needed to improve the economy.
The recent reforms that created the Tasmanian Polytechnic and Tasmanian Skills Institute were intended to address these challenges and have resulted in significant gains, including greater flexibility for industry, increased pathways for individuals, and better access to VET for Year 11 and 12 students.
These reforms have, however, also created some inefficiencies and inconsistencies in our VET system that need to be fixed. The establishment of TasTAFE will address these inefficiencies and the concerns expressed by the users of the system.
In 2013, TasTAFE will be a ‘one stop shop’ for public VET in Tasmania and provide all Tasmanians with the opportunities to get the qualifications and skills they need for their future.
How was the decision made?
In December 2011, the Minister for Education and Skills announced a Review into the Role and Function of Tasmania’s Public VET Providers. The review was conducted by independent consultant Virginia Simmons AO, who delivered her report on 30 April 2012.
During the review process, Ms Simmons consulted with over 300 stakeholders and drew advice from a range of sources including industry leaders, regional community forums and written submissions from a range of people and organisations. The advice provided was considered within both the national and state contexts.
The overwhelming view of those who had participated in the consultation process was for a single entity for VET in Tasmania.
For more information about the review process, please see Background information.
Who can study at TasTAFE?
The same client groups that studied at the Tasmanian Polytechnic and Tasmanian Skills Institute can study at TasTAFE. TasTAFE will continue to service the needs of:
industry and business
mature aged students wishing to undertake vocational education and training
Year 11 and 12 students, in conjunction with colleges
students studying through Trade Training Centres.
Will there be provision for VET in rural and remote communities?
Yes. TasTAFE will have an important focus on improving the quality of, and access to, VET in rural and remote communities for both individuals and industry.