Hi to all the Aussies on Orchid. Here’s some bad news for the
New South Welshjewellers who have apprentices in training or
might be considering it.
Jewellery Trade Certificate Course Loses Independence.
The Jewellery Trade Course in NSW has never been as successful
in its 85 years of existence as it is right now. The course
teaches a broad-based curriculum which effectively supports the
jewellery industry’s need for well-trained apprentices. Jewellery
Trade students have the best employment prospects of all
graduates from their TAFE college, the Enmore Design Centre. The
Jewellery Trade Course meets all the criteria for successful
vocational training outcomes. The Jewellery Trade Course is the
only TAFE course training apprentices in NSW and until now, it
and its students have enjoyed a level of industry support that is
a reflection of its success as a trainer.
Despite all these proofs of success, bureaucrats in TAFE are at
this very moment planning to destroy all that this course has
represented to the jewellery industry since it was first
inaugurated in 1915. They are doing this without consulting the
jewellery industry in general, or you, the individual employer
who has a vital interest in the proper training of your
apprentices and trainees.
In a surprise announcement on Thursday 10th June, without any
prior discussion or consultation, the teaching staff were ordered
to comply with a directive issued by a TAFE faculty director, Ms
Sue Hanley, that the Jewellery Trades Course will be subsumed
into a section of Jewellery Design.
Further, Ms Hanley has abolished the position of Head Teacher,
Jewellery Trades. At one stroke, Ms Hanley has destroyed the
authority of Jewellery Trades to determine its own curriculum and
who it employs as teachers for its apprentices and trainees. All
these decisions will now be made by bureaucrats such as Ms
This is a disastrous management decision which is diametrically
opposed to all that TAFE, as a tax-payer funded provider of
industry-led vocational training, is supposed to represent.
Following quickly on this decision we may see these consequences:
Jewellery trade apprentices and employees will be denied the
highest standards of existing training in NSW by the gradual
destruction of the very means and existence of such training.
There will no longer be an organised and consistent range of
jewellery subjects being taught by highly skilled jewellers who
are both industry experienced and trained. There will no longer be
a trade school authority for Jewellery Trade Certification, or an
agreed standard to which all apprentices are trained. At present,
teaching is being led by internationally and nationally renowned
jewellers whose inititiatives have made NSW jewellery trade
training a model to be emulated in other states and overseas.
This is all being done on a bureaucrat’s whim without discussion
with employers of apprentices or consultation with the real-world
Together, we may be able to overturn this terrible decision.
Rex Steele Merten