Federation Training cuts 26 jobs in restructure

TWENTY-SIX jobs will go across Gippsland as part of a restructure of Federation Training.

The jobs cut, which will include voluntary and forced redundancies, were announced last Friday.

Federation Training was created in May through the merger of Advance TAFE and GippsTAFE because of financial troubles.

According to a statement issued late Friday afternoon, Federation Training had been undertaking a restructure of its operations to create an organisation which delivers quality, sustainable training opportunities to meet the needs of students across Gippsland.

“Our priority into the future is to deliver these positive outcomes through a number of processes which include the right sizing of the organisation, course redesign and the streamlining of administrative processes and systems,” the statement read.

“These and other future activities will ensure that Federation Training continues to be an innovative, modern and responsive education facility for Gippsland.

“As we move forward to position Federation Training as a leading education provider in the region, the process of merging business systems, course integration and administrative efficiencies will be an ongoing process.”

Personnel changes are expected over the next 15 months.

The Federation Training statement said the state government’s changes to governance within TAFEs focussed on driving a training system that was accountable, transparent and financially resilient.

“Federation Training is working through the reform process.

“The current VAGO reports for Advance TA FE and GippsTAFE reflect the past results of these two institutes.

“The new institute, Federation Training, is focusing on the future and a number of improvements will be gained with economies of scale and process improvement with the aim to create a high performing and efficient institute, and a training option that will retain students in Gippsland for years to come.”

The Victorian Auditor-General’s report stated the two Gippsland TA FEs were at high financial risk in 2013.

According to the report, before the merger Advance TAFE recorded an underlying result of -50.9 per cent, the worst of any TA FE in the state, for 2013 and GippsTA FE -15 per cent.

Shadow Higher Education Minister Steve Herbert said the newly-merged institution was in dire financial straits.

In parliament, Mr Herbert called on the state government to publicly release details of the its $40.2 million allocation to the Federation Training transition, such as what upgrades would occur, which campuses would close, which courses would be cut and how many jobs would be lost.

“After driving Advance TAFE and GippsTAFE into a merger through its devastating TAFE cuts, the Napthine government now needs to publicly clarify its support for the new Federation Training,” Mr Herbert said.

“Locals in Gippsland are worried — they want to know if Denis Napthine is preparing to close campuses, cut courses and sack staff.

Denis Napthine’s TAFE cuts hurt our economy and are making it harder for young people to get skills and find a job.”