Jobs lost as TAFE makes cuts
AT LEAST 20 workers from the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE have lost their jobs after the education facility made dramatic cuts which they say are due to a reduction in the number of students.
But a TAFE employee told the NewsMail staff were not aware the institute was in trouble until they were told at a meeting two weeks ago that cutbacks would be made in order to keep everyone employed.
Then on Thursday, at least 20 staff were told they were no longer needed.
The staff member, who asked not to be identified, said she had left a Brisbane job to take the Wide Bay position.
"We were told they were going to look at all avenues," she said.
"But they just gave us the notice and that was it."
The cuts have been made across the four campuses in the Wide Bay, including the Bundaberg TAFE.
It is unclear how many of the 20 positions were lost from Bundaberg.
The staff member said she was told there would be more cuts at the beginning of July.
Deb Daly, Department of Education, Training and Apprenticeships training and tertiary education deputy director-general, could not confirm these were the last cuts.
"Wide Bay Institute of TAFE is currently reviewing its forecast training demand, and no further decisions with regard to staffing will be made until the review is complete," she said.
Ms Daly said there had been a reduction in the demand for training in the past financial year.
"Though every effort has been made to avoid staff reductions, the TAFE will be ceasing some temporary staffing arrangements in areas of low demand," she said.
"This will affect 20 temporary full-time equivalent positions."
Ms Daly said the affected staff had been given the appropriate notice period.
"TAFE management have been actively working with staff representatives and unions to manage this issue," she said.