Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the amount of construction work around Launceston, and this will continue to grow when the Utas campus move begins.
But with construction projects comes the need for people to do the work. The Tasmanian Building and Construction Training Board, alongside the State Government and other stakeholders, are looking to give 20 Year 11 students per year a helping hand to get into construction and get an apprenticeship.
This scheme will cover their fees for an apprenticeship, including money for protective equipment, but most importantly give students a mentor and opportunity to develop relationships with businesses.
Simon Cocker, CEO of the TBCITB, talks to Brian Carlton this morning about the scheme and how it works, urging all construction businesses in the state to get on board.
If you are interested or would like more information please contact Program Manager Annette Doddridge on telephone 0417 503 771 or email [email protected].
That’s what many people have been asking since the college was established in 2016, with a big push this year to get students to enrol in the new associate degrees.
These degrees look to help people get into further university degrees, or just give them a way that they can expand their knowledge whilst maintaining a full time job.
Lee Whiteley is the Chief Executive of the University College, and comes from a background in industry. He speaks with Brian Carlton about what the University College actually does, and why he decided to put his hand up for this position.
The University College will have a pop-up booth in the Quadrant Mall, Launceston today from 12pm – 2pm if you would like more information.
For several years, there have been calls to provide more support to students with a disability in schools, and move towards a needs-based funding model.
This may finally be a reality, with the State and Federal Government signing the National School Reform Agreement last week. This agreement will see an additional $490 million injected into Tasmanian schools over the next 10 years to fill the gaps in funding.
Kristen Desmond is the founder of the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby, and was worked hard for many years to see this kind of funding become a reality. She speaks with Brian Carlton this morning to talk about the fantastic news.
The Education Department is facing criticism off the back of news that a North Hobart school has had a ‘cage’ installed for special needs students.
Though this action is said to have come after heavy consultation with experts, teachers, and parents, many Tasmanians are still disturbed by the news.
Listen as Kristen Desmond, Founder of the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby, joins Brian Carlton to discuss the concerning installation, and whether special needs children can get the education they need in a mainstream school.
The State Education Minister has strongly urged the Australian Education Union (AEU) Tasmania branch to ‘stop the stunts, stop the threats and negotiate in good faith’ over further industrial action.
AEU members have announced that they will attend 45 minute ‘stop work’ meetings at 9am on Tuesday 27th November in the North and North-West, and on Wednesday the 23rd November in the South. They will not be on site at school until 10:30am, which means some schools may need to close for the morning.
Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, joins Brian Carlton this morning to talk about the escalating action, and whether the government is willing to budge on their 2% wage increase.
The goodwill of parents and students is starting to wear a little thin, according to the President of the Tasmanian Association of State Schools Organisation (TASSO), Nigel Jones.
The Australian Education Union Tasmanian branch announced yesterday that more stop work action will take place in schools next week, on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd April. The NW on Tuesday and the South on Wednesday are likely to see early school closures with stop work meetings as 2:30pm, however the planned stop work meeting in the North will be at 9:30am.
Nigel talks to Brian Carlton this morning about this further action and how it will impact parents and students.
Tasmania Talks listeners also call in to discuss their thoughts on the strike.
The boons for Braddon continue, with the announcement today that an Advanced Welding Training Centre will be based in South Burnie.
Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, is in Burnie today to make the announcement, which will see five state-of-the-art welding simulators installed at the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) Centre of Excellence in South Burnie.
Minister Birmingham also answers questions regarding a Victorian high school teaching children how to ‘safe sext’, which the Minister says is ‘wacky and dangerous.’
The Australian Education Union Tasmanian branch strike action is over, with 70 per cent of the membership voting to accept the Government’s latest offer that will see a pay rise between 7.5 per cent to 8.5 per cent over three years.
However, not all members are happy, with relief teachers receiving a 30 per cent pay decrease as a result of the agreement.
This morning, relief teacher Margaret from Youngtown calls in to tell Brian Carlton how the union deal will impact her career. Anthony from Glengarry also calls in to say that teacher’s aides are also getting a bad deal.
State Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, has described the Australian Education Union Tasmanian branch’s decision to walk off the job early tomorrow as a ‘very disappointing action.’
He joins Brian Carlton this morning to speak about the strike action, saying that the Government’s commitment to hire 250 teachers over the next six years would do better to address teachers concerns of workloads, rather than a pay increase.
They also discuss a recent Grattan Institute report on Education, and the contract for the new Bruny Island ferries.
There is a concern that children will be left unattended at state schools over the next two days, with Australian Education Union (AEU) members choosing not to begin work until 10:30am.
With Metro bus services unchanged, there are concerns children will be left stranded at schools prior to the later starting times. Other frustrated parents are choosing not to send their children to school at all, saying that this is an easier option than trying to send their child to school around work times.
President of the Tasmanian Association of State Schools Organisation (TASSO), Nigel Jones, joins Brian Carlton this morning. He says that these strike actions are ‘extremely disappointing’, and only hurt parents and students.
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Burnie business In the Zone says that a new ban laser tag school excursions will have a ‘huge impact’ on their business.
The Department of Education has banned laser tag excursions on the basis of being a ‘weapons-based real life action game’. In the Zone conducts games of laser tag for all ages, and relies heavily on school groups to keep the business going, particularly towards the end of the year.
Sandra Fordham, owner of In the Zone, talks to Brian Carlton about this ban this morning and says that they did not receive ‘a cracker’ of correspondence from the Department of Education.
Tasmania Talks listeners also call in and give their thoughts on this 'ridiculous' ban.
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Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff has acknowledged that bullying in state schools is an issue.
Speaking with Brian Carlton, Minister Rockliff says that the State Government last year announced $3 million for anti-bullying programs for Tasmanian students, which includes specific programs for bullying of LGBTI and special needs children.
"There are many mechanisms in our schools that are doing a very good job with respect to anti-bullying behavior, including building a resilience in our kids," Minister Rockliff says.
The Minister says that this year’s State Government budget includes costs for more school nurses and psychologists, to help school teachers to deal with the issue of bullying.
"Many times resources can seem thin and that's why we're supporting our schools with more resources...so we can get on top of these very serious issues."
They also discuss the mass redundancies at JBS meatworks in Longford.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Education Minister Simon Birmingham, and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher are visiting Launceston today to officially complete the transfer of federal funds for the UTAS precinct moves – both at Inveresk and in Burnie.