SOUTH West Institute of TAFE courses have been well supported by the south-west community in the second semester following changes required due to government budget cuts.
The institute has adjusted to a 2012 budget reduced by $2.9 million, resulting in the loss of 43 staff.
SW TAFE Portland campus manager David Stafford said enrolment had been very strong up until July, when the funding changes took effect.
While the jump in fees played a part in the strong early enrolments, Mr Stafford said the hard work of SW TAFE’s staff and the community support for the campus were the main reasons.
Mr Stafford said overall enrolment numbers were up 10 per cent on last year, with most of the growth in the area of maritime courses (up 20 per cent), aged care courses (up 5 per cent) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) enrolments (up 3 per cent).
“Next year will be difficult, but we hope to come up with a plan that will work,” Mr Stafford said.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.