Labor slashes funding for training at Chisholm

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Labor has slashed funding for student training at Chisholm Institute of TAFE, despite promising before the elections to grow enrollments and ‘rescue’ TAFE.

Chisholm’s annual report, tabled in Parliament last week, reveals funding to subsidise student training was cut from $54.4 million in 2014 to $50.4 million in 2015.
(Annual report p.60 Note 2: Income from Transactions ‘State Government contributions -contestable funding’ http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/file_uploads/Chisholm_Annual_Report_2015_kDYT4L56.pdf)

Funding to directly subsidise student training has declined by $4 million or 7.3 per cent.

As a result of Labor’s cuts to TAFE, Chisholm’s student contact hours plummeted by 1.3 million hours and enrolments declined from 38,018 in 2014 to 35,524 in 2015. (Annual report p.21)

The Dandenong campus was the worst affected, with 1878 fewer enrolments last year. Enrolments at the Frankston campus also dropped by 896.

Last year the 2014 training market data report was released in March. Daniel Andrews is yet to release the 2015 report which details the true extent of his cuts to training in south-east Melbourne.

Comments from Shadow Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Steph Ryan:

“Daniel Andrews’ promise to ‘rescue’ TAFE was a cruel hoax.

“Under Labor, Chisholm has lost $4 million for training and there are now 2494 fewer enrolments at the Institute than when Daniel Andrews took office.

“These cuts are particularly cruel when the future of tertiary education in south east Melbourne is under threat.

“Daniel Andrews must immediately release the training data detailing the full impact of these cuts on student enrolments at Chisholm.”