Thursday 4 June, 2015
Driver training now under threat due to Labor Government cuts.
TAFE SA will now become a monopoly, shutting out private providers and forcing them to lay off staff at a time when South Australia’s jobless rate is at 7.1%, the highest in the nation.
Shadow Minister for Transport, Corey Wingard, Questioned the government as to whether TAFE SA would be able to meet the demand for appropriately skilled workers, now that private training providers such as the state’s largest private training provider, Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) SA, have had their funding cut.
The CCF SA has said that its CivilTrain business – which provides training courses for almost 8,000 students annually would not be able to maintain the size of its operation.
“We need to keep South Australia growing and CCF SA are key to providing a skilled workforce. To lose this would be a major setback for South Australia,” said Shadow Minister for Transport Corey Wingard.
The Weatherill Labor Government is also axing current private training places which provide truck drivers with vital education to ensure safe and competent driving throughout the state. The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) state that TAFE SA has no expertise in truck driving training and it will not provide the more comprehensive training and assessment that the industry requires.
“These are devastating funding cuts to the private training sector of South Australia,” said Mr Wingard
“The industry has said that the public sector is just not equipped to properly train drivers.
“Road safety is being further jeopardised after 2014’s horror road toll - the state’s highest in years.