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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 24, 2015
VACC calls for new funding
model rewarding trainers
VACC supports the Victorian Government
announcement that it will revise the funding model
for TAFE and private training providers to reward
quality delivery of training. VACC has been critical of
the funding model, which to date has supported a
race to the bottom in terms of quality and has placed
TAFE on an equal footing with low-cost private training
VACC Executive Director Geoff Gwilym, in noting
recent reports on the perilous state of many Victorian
TAFE institutes, is concerned with how the TAFE sector
will be able to adequately train trade apprentices
over the coming years. “ The erosion of the sector’s
funding and other supports over time has been done
at the expense of students and staff employed in the
institutes, ” Mr Gwilym said. “ Consequently, it would
be hard to argue that the TAFE system has as much to
offer tradespeople and other professionals seeking a
career shift into teaching, as it did 20 years ago. ”
“ TA FE faces regular criticism that its teachers are
not up-to-date with new technology and industry
expectations. Therefore, starving institutes of resources
does little to help rejuvenate and motivate teaching
staff. It’s highly unlikely that current industry personnel
would consider teaching as a realistic career path
today, it’s just too unstable and highly unpredictable. ”
“ Working in a TAFE that is continually under
funding scrutiny and with constant job cuts must be
demoralising for staff, and it would make it difficult
to attract the best personnel into teaching roles. It is
vital for apprentices and industry that highly skilled
tradespeople consider TAFE as a realistic career path
and as a way of sharing valuable currency in trade skills
and with staff who have a familiarity with new and
emerging technology. ”
VACC has been vocal on allocating government
funding for training based on mode of delivery and
the real cost needed to deliver quality training. “ It is
unhelpful to rely on generalised comments around
TAFE not being able to ‘cut the mustard’ when it comes
to pricing in the market, ” Mr Gwilym said. “ It should be
understood that different training strategies will cost
more or less based on a number of factors including
investments the trainer has made in tools, equipment
and staffing. ”
“ For the automotive industry, which traditionally
supports TAFE delivery in Victoria, any cuts in funding
or a lessening of TAFE flexibility are directly reflected
in the quality of the apprentices that come out of the
While the quality of apprentice training has fallen,
according to the automotive industry, a review into
funding is essential and needs to incorporate the
• The model of apprentice training has been proven
over hundreds of years and is supported by industry.
The attainment of trade qualifications requires
teaching of theory and practical experience in a work
environment to achieve competency, which is why
the apprenticeship model is tried and tested against
institutional training delivery.
• Training providers should be funded adequately
to cover the cost of equipment and different delivery
Modern engines, testing equipment and cutting-edge
technology are required to train apprentices. Where
this is not available, apprentices run the risk of being
trained on outmoded equipment that does not reflect a
• Face-to-face delivery in an institute should be
funded at a higher level than cheaper delivery models
such as online or onsite in the workplace. Each method
of delivery should be separately priced based on actual
delivery costs and not a generic funding amount.
• Funding should be assessed against standards
set for the training provider, such as whether the
trainer has currency of qualifications and experience
and whether the training provider is delivering and
assessing to a standard expected by industry.
• Small critical industries reliant on highly
specialised skills, which may be considered thin
training markets, require special funding consideration
due to small student groups and higher per-student
VACC is seeking an improved funding model that
rewards training providers to drive quality in delivery
and assessment and enables them to have modern
equipment and highly skilled teachers. It is time the
system was assessed on quality rather than the number
of qualifications issued.
Name: Darren “Spanner” O’Toole
Employer: Deakin Motorcycles
What is your role in the organisation?
Technician (Fixes things)
How long have you worked there?
Since opening (two years)
What is the best part of your job?
What do you dislike about your job?
What was your first job?
What sort of bike do you ride?
Harley Davidson motorcycle
Is there anything special about the bike,
has it been modified, does it have an
Black, low and loud
What sort of bike do you hope to own one
day and why?
Newer Harley Davidson
What is your martial status? De-facto
Do you have any pets? No
What is your favourite food?
What is your favourite drink?
What is your favourite sport or
What is your favourite sport to watch?
What team do you support?
Describe yourself in three words. Tall,
If you were marooned on a desert island,
what three things would you want with
you? Snop-On tool box, Harley Davidson,
box of beer
What do you like most about Mildura?
What do you wish you could change about
Mildura? Speed limits
month for Mitsubishi
MITSUBISHI Motors Australia has
had a strong finish to the year
achieving its best ever December
result for imports, with total sales
of 7,438 units for the month.
According to official VFACTS figures
published today, MMAL’s December sales
increased 10.9 per cent compared to
the same month last year to finish fifth
overall in the market.
December’s result marks the first time
MMAL has achieved over 7,000 units
in both November and December to
maintain a market share of 7.7 per cent
in the final two months of the year.
On a National basis, the Triton range
was the number one selling LCV for the
month and the number three selling
vehicle overall with 3,451 units for the
nameplates best December on record.
Director of Sales Greg Cook said it was
pleasing to round out the 2014 calendar
year with another record breaking month.
“ The Triton continued its enduring
success as Australia’s number one selling
LCV and the number three selling vehicle
overall in December,” said Mr Cook.
“ The Australian public recognise good
value when they see it and are really
taking advantage of our approach in this
“ We’ve made steady progress in every
month this year to achieve a total of
68,637 units and 6.2 per cent market
share in 2014.
“ In 2015 we will continue to focus on
strengthening our SUV and LCV range
with the introduction of the updated
Outlander and the next generation
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