More progress towards TasTAFE Thu 9 August 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, said today he was pleased with the work being undertaken in implementing the reforms to public VET in Tasmania. Mr McKim said a number of actions were being carried out, beginning with expressions of interest being called for an interim Chair of the Board of TasTAFE. "TasTAFE will be an Agency, headed by a CEO and a Board, and accountable to the Minister for Education and Skills. "As such, expressions of interest are now being sought for the interim Chair of the TasTAFE Board. "It is envisaged that the interim Chair will begin as soon as possible to help lead the establishment of TasTAFE. "One of the first tasks of the interim Chair will be to participate in the recruitment of the Chief Executive Officer. "The recruitment process for the CEO will start this month." Mr McKim also announced that as part of the changes to the public VET system in Tasmania, Skills Tasmania will become a business unit of the Department of Education. "As a business unit of the Department, Skills Tasmania will no longer be a statutory authority, however will maintain its name and continue to deliver the functions it currently performs." Mr McKim said subject to the passage of legislation through the Tasmanian Parliament, the changes will come into effect from 1 July 2013.