College of TAFE on Derby Street, Gladstone may lose staff as part of a cutback affecting all Central QLD TAFEs.
College of TAFE on Derby Street, Gladstone may lose staff as part of a cutback affecting all Central QLD TAFEs. Chrissy Harris

21 CQ TAFE jobs to be cut

CENTRAL Queensland TAFE are showing 21 employees the door, with cuts to be made this year and the next.

CQ TAFE institute director Steve Matheison has spent the last couple of days visiting the four campuses throughout Central Queensland to inform staff of the changes.

The cutbacks are said to be the result of an increasing competitive market in which Mr Matheison says the TAFE needs to compete.

“The need for change has come about due to the competitive nature of the training market and government policy that has seen training become more contestable. We want to ensure our students still have access to modern, relevant training that will help them into the future,” he said.

CQ TAFE has envisaged that at least 21 full time or permanent positions will be cut across the four campuses.

Mr Matheison has said that the current staffing projection is not sustainable for the future to compete in the current market.

“Staff reductions have already been occurring through natural attrition and non-renewal of temporary contracts, therefore, for some teams no further reductions may be necessary,” he said.

Mr Matheison added that the TAFE had worked hard to ensure that teaching positions would not be in the firing line.



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