Dear <<First Name>>,
We understand that the current situation that we all face is a situation that none of us could had planned for. If you need assistance please contact the Employee Assistance Program provided by TasTAFE or the Member Support Team at the AEU.
The AEU had been meeting almost daily leading up to the Easter break, as well as liaising with the Education Minister and TasTAFE CEO to discuss member and student issues.
Some of the issues which we have been working on or have raised with TasTAFE and the Minister are:
- lobbying the Education minister and TasTAFE CEO to suspend onsite delivery and workplace delivery - we succeeded in having programs suspended at all campuses from the 9th of April.
- requesting that no further enrolments are accepted for full courses - this has been implemented
- supporting all existing students to complete their current courses
- working through the issues associated with members working from home
- development of a working from home tracking tool that did not consume too much member time or encourage micro management of members - it is not perfect but it is better than what was originally proposed
- requesting TasTAFE to develop safe operating procedures for delivery teams which include advice for managing the COVID-19 pandemic - these are still to be provided
- how to best manage the development and delivery of online programs to ensure that we are meeting requirements of ASQA - click here to read the latest advice from ASQA
I have also written to our Education Minister outlining our concerns about the Federal Government's decision to provide a support package to the Higher Education sector while failing to offer the TAFE sector a similar package.
Senator Cash announced a move to provide students with the access to up to 2000 online VET courses. These courses include Cert. I in Construction, Cert. III in Carpentry, Cert. II in Hospitality and Business and Cert. IV in Allied Health Assistance as well as many other courses. Senator Cash states that she has been working with RTOs and the vocational education sector for weeks on how they can provide their courses online.
The cynic in me sees this as another way to allow the for-profit sector to increase their profit and share of the VET market on the back of the under/unemployed.
Finally the AEU has developed a member survey and we encourage all members to complete this survey which is designed to collect information to ensure that we are aware of what impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on AEU members.
Members would have received a link to the member survey on Monday afternoon, please get in touch if you haven't received this.
Colleagues who are not yet members and want to participate in the survey should sign up here online.
AEU Tasmanian Branch