I wish TAFE people would just stop whining (Rant Warning)
July 29, 2014 12 Comments
I really am starting to get sick of TAFE staff right from the top to the coal face complaining about how hard their world is!
Right now that I have offended half my audience. It seems like every week now there is a new article in a newspaper or somewhere else about how tough TAFE are doing things and how complicated the market is for them now that they have to compete with private sector training providers.
I for one am sick of it.
I tell you what, all of you who are complaining about your life in the TAFE system and how hard it is now that you have to compete with private providers, come and work with a private provider. Come and work somewhere where your existence depends solely on being able to find enough students to pay the bills, without the support of government for infrastructure and the like. And I don’t care whether you are a big commercial provider or a niche market one, it is all the same, there is no support out there, if we fail we fail end of story. There is no government that is going to bail us out, or restructure us to assist us with continuing to operate, that is just not going to happen.
If individual TAFE’s can’t sustain themselves (except in environments where there a very solid social participation reasons) then why are they being supported by the government, for the most part, private providers would be more than willing and able to step into the spaces left.
TAFE, do not do a better job than private providers just because they are a TAFE, they are not only providers of VET training in this country and it is about time they just stopped whining, accept the fact that they have to compete and get on with it. Just like in my opinion TAFE in Queensland is doing, and interestingly I rarely here the comments we here from the southern states about having to compete with private providers from the QLD TAFE sector.
Also if you are a TAFE teacher/trainer, stop complaining about how hard you work. Trainers and Facilitators in the private sector work much harder.