Mr Shoebridge called on the government to provide an immediate funding commitment to ensure part time and casual workers are paid if their classes are put on hold during any coronavirus related shutdowns.
“Unless there’s a funding commitment for the thousands of part time casual teachers in TAFE many may not be able to afford rent, food and medicine if they can’t work because of the virus,” he said. “As it presently stands if they don’t work they don’t get paid regardless of the reason.”
A spokeswoman for Mr Lee said the government spends 80 per cent of its $2.3 billion skills budget on TAFE compared to Labor’s 2019 election commitment of a minimum of 70 per cent.
Meanwhile, a report released on Wednesday warned Australia’s vocational education system needs to become more agile to prepare for change to meet the technology demands of the future.
TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) said the Australian Computer Society report Technology Impacts on the Australian Workforce shows 2.7 million workers at risk of being displaced by automation technology by 2034 and 4.5 million will need new skills to use technology in their existing jobs.
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