Crakanthorp says Support TAFE for better skills

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Preselected Labor candidate for the state seat of Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp, will today join with the NSW Opposition Leader, Hunter Labor Members, and industry stakeholders to discuss the future of TAFE and manufacturing in the region.

Apprentices in the Hunter face an uncertain future with the Baird state government hiking fees beyond what many can afford, sending the cost of a TAFE Diploma soaring by as much as $2 700 (Certificate III in concreting).

Tim Crakanthorp says the Government’s lack of support for TAFE and apprentices is unacceptable.

“We provide close to $1.5billion dollars in revenue every year back to the state and I think Hunter residents expect more in return than damaging cuts to our TAFE colleges and ignoring our Hunter manufacturing industries.”

The Labor candidate for Newcastle says, “when we are losing jobs and people are looking to re-train, huge hikes in TAFE fees are a cruel blow”.

“Youth unemployment is also a serious issue in the Hunter and the solution involves getting our young people better skilled. TAFE has always been the cornerstone of vocational education in NSW and the Hunter. The fact that this Government is slashing their funding and hiking fees is just more proof of the Liberals disregard for our young people.”

“Newcastle deserves better, we deserve a fair go for our manufacturing industry and affordable training for people wanting to go to TAFE.”

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