The Nationals’ vision for vocational education in Scone is a TAFE-light model offering local students second rate training solutions, Labor’s Upper Hunter candidate Jeff Drayton said today.
Locals would see through today’s announcement for a workshop at the Connected Learning Centre, said Mr Drayton.
“The Nationals have finally realised there’s enormous community concern about the future of skills training in the region,” said Mr Drayton.
“Nationals candidate David Layzell and Deputy Premier John Barilaro have again spruiked what a great deal the government has made, selling off Scone’s TAFE campus to Racing NSW.
“But again I ask, a great deal for who? Racing NSW boss Peter V’Landys says the new facility will be a drawcard for international students.
My concern is for education and training outcomes for local students in Scone and across the Upper Hunter - and they’ve been sold short.
“The smaller, cheaper Connected Learning Centre is no replacement for a full TAFE campus.
“Locals will see through today’s announcement - $3 million for a workshop to be shared across all trades doesn’t compare to a fully-funded TAFE.
This is TAFE-light and it’s not good enough for the people of Scone. I will fight for the skills training our region deserves.