05/04/2016 - 13:18

New Tafe leadership changes

05/04/2016 - 13:18

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The state government has revealed the new leadership structure of the five Tafe colleges that will be administering 70 campuses as part of a reform project.

New Tafe leadership changes
Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey. Photo: Attila Csaszar

The state government has revealed the new leadership structure of the five Technical and Further Education colleges that will be administering 70 campuses as part of a reform project.

From next week, the current structure of the state’s public vocational education and training sector will be downsized, with 11 Tafe colleges to be compressed into five.

The reform was announced in February, after a report found that Western Australia had six of the eight smallest Tafe colleges in the country.

The report also recommended the rebranding of the public training system back to ‘Tafe’ after colleges were renamed as institutes of technology or training.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey announced the appointments, which include Elizabeth Carr as governing council chair and Terry Durant as interim managing director of South Metropolitan Tafe, with William Louden and Michelle Hoad serving as governing council chair and interim managing director (respectively) of North Metropolitan Tafe.

Bryant Stokes will become governing council chair of South Regional Tafe with Duncan Anderson as interim managing director, while Mary Woodford will lead Central Regional Tafe as governing council chair with Bill Swetman as interim managing director.

Ian Smith will become governing council chair of North Regional Tafe, with Kevin Doig as interim managing director.

Mrs Harvey said the five colleges would manage the 70 Tafe campuses under the reform project.

“Membership for governing councils, in regional areas in particular, has ensured each council includes representation from the whole region,” she said.

“Colleges will work closely together to ensure more co-ordinated delivery of training programs across the Tafe system, giving students access to a broader range of courses and higher quality training.

“This will lead to improved links between regional and metropolitan colleges and will allow resources and expertise to be shared across the state.”

Mrs Harvey said lecturing positions and enrolled students wouldn’t be affected by the restructure.

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