Premier Mike Baird can ban greyhound racing but not shonky private providers.
Under his Smart and Skilled program that has resulted in a drop of TAFE students by 126,000 since 2012, Mr Baird has negated his responsibilities by allowing shonky providers to dumb down trade courses. An Electrical Trades Union officer told me he had little confidence in the training being provided by these providers.
One of the most critical decisions facing young people seeking job skills is whether to take up a Certificate III trade course, and this is compounded by the fact that they have to choose between one of 400 for-profit private providers or TAFE.
If they choose a for-profit private provider over TAFE they face the serious risk their qualification will be dismissed as inferior to the qualification from TAFE. Even worse, the provider could go bankrupt, resulting in the students frantically looking elsewhere to complete their course.
To relieve this pressure and ensure the high standard of Australian tradespeople is maintained, all Certificate III courses (trade courses) should only be run by TAFE colleges nationwide.
Consequently, the public will have confidence that when a plumber, electrician, builder, motor mechanic, or other tradesperson is engaged the service rendered will be of a high and safe standard.
We can’t allow shonky for-profit providers to train our tradies.