No word yet from TAFE about jobs, services after merger

WIDE Bay TAFE has merged with its Sunshine Coast counterpart to create an extensive educational facility for students from Caloundra through to Bundaberg.

What it means for local students is unknown - the only information available was reassurances from TAFE Queensland East Coast that it will be business as usual.

The new "super TAFE" will go by the name TAFE East Coast.

The Chronicle tried to get more details on Monday, in particular if services will continue and jobs are safe, but no response was provided by deadline.

"It's an exciting time for our local communities as we celebrate the great outcomes of TAFE and work towards meeting the needs of our region," TAFE Queensland East Coast general manager Leeza Boyce said.

"We look forward to mid-year intake and with hundreds of courses on offer and a student satisfaction rating of more than 89%, we are confident we can deliver the best possible training in our region."

TAFE Queensland chief executive officer Jodi Schmidt said new branding would set the educator on a path to a new era.

"We provide services to more than 180,000 students each year, more than all of Queensland's universities combined, so it's time to join as one voice; we want to create a single brand that our students will be proud of," Ms Schmidt said.

"TAFE Queensland has an outstanding track record for successful student outcomes, with 89% of graduates going on to work or further study, showing the positive influence of TAFE training."



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