The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has backed the NSW’s Opposition’s education policy plans, which include the provision of air-conditioning for all public schools in the state, and greater funding security for NSW TAFE.
NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, outlined the proposal today as part of the Plan for a Fairer NSW, and confirmed his earlier promise to reallocate part of the NSW stadia funding towards schools.
“Luke Foley has made it clear that his main priorities heading into the next election are education, health and social services and this plan is very much a return to old-school ALP policy that was so successful in the 80s and early 90s,” Mr Brown said.
“His commitment to education infrastructure is particularly pleasing, and with the growth of our communities, particularly in Western Sydney, out-pacing the supply of schools, and high-quality facilities, this funding promise is not just a commitment to more resources, skills and training opportunities, but an investment in our students and leaders of tomorrow,” Mr Brown said.
“The reform of the vocational education and training sector is a welcome move and one that is long over-due. For too long students have been let down by dodgy providers and by guaranteeing at least 70% of VET funding towards TAFE, Western Sydney’s leading, and most reputable provider, it helps ensure our students are being equipped with the skills that meet our employment needs.”
The Dialogue has previously welcomed the State Government’s plan to boost apprenticeship numbers, by slashing TAFE fees and has also called for mandatory on-site training programs for all major infrastructure projects in the region.
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Adam Leto — Director
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogueadam@westernsydney.org.au
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