TAFE staff to go

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TAFE staff to go

HALF the staff at the Bass Coast campus of Chisholm Institute of TAFE will lose their jobs at the end of this year.

That’s more than was expected.

And there’s more bad news.

In September this year, a Chisholm spokesperson said the campus could not be guaranteed beyond 2013.

Now there will be a review in the middle of next year and staff are worried that will sound the death knell.

When The Star put that and the extent of the job cuts to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, when he was in Leongatha on Thursday morning, he danced around the question.

He said he didn’t know the level of detail about job cuts at Chisholm Bass Coast, but he was “very confident” Chisholm had a “very high priority for Wonthaggi” and would maintain the campus.

Mr Hall was in town announcing funding for Gippsland’s technology enabled learning centres. Leongatha is one of those; Wonthaggi another.

“…the purpose of this is to also help the TAFE institutes build their business and grow their business and in that regard Chisholm, with their Wonthaggi campus, will be assisted greatly by the provision of such technology at their facility,” he said.

“I know Chisholm has a very high priority for Wonthaggi and maintain that campus.”

Mr Hall said GippsTAFE’s Leongatha campus was “one of the best campuses we have across the Gippsland region”.

“I’m sure it’s going to be operated by GippsTAFE for many, many years to come,” he said.

The Star contacted Chisholm for comment but did not receive one before going to print.

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