The Australian Education Union will restart TAFE negotiations with a proposal to fill teacher shortages by attracting new recruits with industry experience.
“The short-term offer accepted by TasTAFE members included a commitment from the government to return immediately to negotiations and we have detailed proposals already on the table,” said AEU Tasmania TAFE President Simon Bailey.
“Our proposal for a Teacher Under Supervision role would attract people with plenty of industry experience with a permanent job and the opportunity to obtain the necessary qualifications to teach in their first year of employment.”
“We want a new classification for Teachers Under Supervision that would allow new starters to negotiate a wage competitive with what they would receive in the industry they’re working in.”
The union proposal comes as TasTAFE struggles to attract teachers in key industries such as IT and construction trades, in some cases refusing new students and delaying graduation and employment for current students.
“There’s a skill shortage in booming industries like construction and TAFE is critical to addressing that shortage, but we need to attract teachers with industry experience.”
AEU’s proposed Teachers Under Supervision would require a supervising teacher in their first year and the union’s proposal would see supervisors given a reduction in their teaching load to fulfil their supervisor role.
“We are looking forward to getting back to the negotiating table with the government so we can start addressing the issues for both TasTAFE and Tasmanian industries.”
“Along with attracting quality staff, TAFE Teachers key priorities are workload and a professional pathway that leads to a tertiary qualification.”
“We look forward to returning to the negotiating table immediately to progress these key priorities along with fair pay rises that ensure TasTAFE can recruit the high quality teaching staff our students deserve.”
Jon Stanger, AEU Tasmania, 0437 374 125