AEU welcomes the TAFE SA Roadmap for the Future

AEU SA Branch media release: Thursday 29 September 2022

The South Australian Branch of the Australian Education Union today welcomes the State Government review of TAFE SA, overseen by Associate Professor Jeannie Rea.

“As a professional voice for TAFE in South Australia, we are committed to ensuring TAFE is strengthened to provide the skills and training to meet industry demands and ensure a dynamic economy in South Australia”, said Branch President Andrew Gohl.

“In the face of a national skills shortage, it is a no-brainer that TAFE must be the government-guaranteed solution to deliver a skilled workforce through accessible education and training. We commend the State Government for sharing that vision.”

“The development of this strategic roadmap marks a new direction for TAFE in South Australia. Following years of underinvestment and mismanagement in TAFE, reviewing operations is a necessary step and the AEU looks forward to playing a constructive role on behalf of our members,” said Gohl.

As part of the review, the AEU is hosting a TAFE Symposium on Tuesday 11 October where key industry, social and community sectors are invited to share contemporary ideas about the purpose and role of TAFE in South Australia over the coming decade.

Keynote speakers include former Socceroo and human rights activist, Craig Foster AM, and Director of the Centre for Future Work, Jim Stanford, with closing remarks from the SA Minister for Training and Skills, Hon Blair Boyer. The event is open to everyone, free of charge, but registrations are required via the AEU SA website.

Consultation with TAFE members as part of the AEU’s submission to the State Government’s review will take place over the coming months.