Smart and Skilled 'flawed'

Kerri Carr

Rising concern in NSW Parliament over VET iregularities

It’s clear the State Government’s Smart and Skilled privatisation policy is flawed, as testified by the number of inquiries called for, says Federation’s Assistant General Secretary (Post School Education) Maxine Sharkey.

“The ALP, Greens and Christian Democrats are concerned about the implementation of Smart and Skilled,” she said.

Earlier this month, the Legislative Council gave unanimous support for an Upper House Inquiry into vocational education and training in NSW, originally proposed by the Christian Democrats.

Terms of reference include alternatives to the Smart and Skilled contestable training market and other funding policies, plus the effects of Smart and Skilled on school-based apprenticeships.

In May, the ALP called for an inquiry into TAFE course cuts, fee hikes, increasing use of for-profit providers and recent IT failures skills.

The Greens have proposed an Inquiry on the impact on TAFE of the Smart and Skilled contestable training market and policies affecting the allocation of public and private funds to vocational education and training.

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