TAFE jobs tipped to go in Wide Bay-Sunny Coast merger

LIFE will go on as normal for students at Wide Bay TAFE after plans for amalgamation with Sunshine Coast TAFE to improve education and training to the region were announced.

This decision was a result of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce report, which identified the need for future training to continue to be responsive to industry demands and the Queensland economy.

Wide Bay TAFE institute director Nigel Hill said the merger was following a series of recommendations.

"We're still working our way through the nature of what our name will be," he said.

"We will be a large training organisation training from Caloundra to Bundaberg."

Mr Hill said some current staff may face the axe.

"At this stage we would be anticipating there will be some efficiencies that inevitably will be part of an amalgamation process," he said.

Mr Hill said the amalgamation would not affect Wide Bay TAFE students.

"We are expecting there will be no reduction of any of our campus locations," he said.

"For Wide Bay, life goes on as normal."

Mr Hill said the amalgamation would improve the education services offered in the Wide Bay.

"We'll have the ability to do video conferencing and run programs that we currently don't run at the Wide Bay campuses," he said.

He said the larger company would have access to more than 700,000 people.

Institute change director Michael Thomas is responsible for the merge, and said the amalgamation would enable the two institutes to deliver better value for their customers and meet the needs of the region more effectively.



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