Media Release

17 May 2017

Ryan: Students less likely to find a job under Daniel Andrews

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Students less likely to find a job under Daniel Andrews

Just half of students enrolled in vocational education and training in Victoria are more likely to get a job as a result of their training.

In a trainwreck performance before the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney said student numbers had declined because Labor was improving the quality of training.

But just 50.6 per cent of students completing a VET qualification last year had improved employment prospects (Victorian Budget 2017-18, BP3, p188).

In 2014, 76 per cent of students graduating found employment within six months (Victorian Budget 2015-16, BP3, p365).

Ms Tierney also refused to provide information on the number of students enrolled, staff numbers or the government funding provided to individual TAFEs, claiming the data was “commercially sensitive”, despite such data having been published under successive governments.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Skills, Training and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan

Not only have we seen a 30 per cent decline in student enrolments, but under Daniel Andrews students are now less likely to find a job.

The Andrews Labor Government is desperately trying to cover up the dire state of the TAFE system in Victoria and its failed ‘rescue’.

More than 123,000 students have disappeared from Victoria’s training since Daniel Andrews became Premier and students now have less chance of finding a job.