TAFE fee rises threaten future of NSW economy

The O'Farrell government's plans for TAFE fee rises of up to $750 a year will reduce the number of young people taking up apprenticeships and traineeships, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('Higher TAFE fees put pressure on trainee jobs' Sydney Morning Herald, 14 October, page 2,  http://j.mp/15zukoQ)

Dr Kaye said: "The former NSW Labor government pushed TAFE fees up by 15 percent more than inflation.

"The O'Farrell government has already added another round of hikes.

"Next year TAFE students will face a massive round of increases with some paying $750 more if the independent pricing tribunal's recommendations are accepted.

"Skills training is becoming unaffordable for a growing number of NSW's school leavers.

"The decline in the number of apprentices and trainees is a symptom of a system in deep trouble.

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