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English Language Courses At Risk

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has raised concerns about English language courses at Hunter TAFE being subcontracted to a company that has previously found to be non-compliant.

Private education provider, Navitas, was awarded the contract to deliver English language courses at Hunter TAFE and has subcontracted that work out to MAX Solutions, a subsidiary of US services giant Maximus.

The company recently had an application to run new courses in areas including business, youth work, retail and hospitality, rejected because of issues identified by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, who are the regulator for the industry.

Ms Hornery has called on the Minister for Skills to reverse the dangerous degradation of the state’s TAFE system.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“This is just another example of the havoc being wreaked by this Government’s destruction of the TAFE system.”

“Students are concerned about whether they’ll have access to the same resources that TAFE provides. Throughout its history, TAFE has been a quality provider of education and training for people of all ages and all stages of their careers.”

“It is staggering that the Government would hand the contract over to a private provider that has little experience in delivering the critical support that newly arrived migrants and refugees need.”

“We need to ensure students have access to the best facilities and the best quality education, and the private education providers have a history of failing students.”

“The Government needs to end its fascination with the privatisation of TAFE in NSW and I call on the Minister to ensure these students have a quality education.”