news NSW Technical and Further Education (TAFE) is to replace its troubled Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) student enrolment system, which is run by Tribal Group and has been plagued with technical issue since it’s launch in 2014.
State Minister for Skills John Barilaro made the announcement, saying: “I have asked TAFE NSW to commence a market-testing process to identify the most effective enrolment system for its current and future requirements,” Barilaro said.
“A modern, cloud-based system will enable students to easily manage their training records and TAFE NSW to adapt more quickly to new policy settings,“ he added.
The new system is expected to be in place for the 2018 enrolment period and will be funded under the TAFE NSW budget going forward.
TAFE NSW said it will continue to work with the current system until it is “confident a new system is working properly for students, staff and industry partners”.
“The new system will need to effectively support TAFE NSW’s financial systems in the new commercial and contestable training environment,” said Barilaro, adding:
“TAFE NSW needs a modern, flexible platform to satisfy rising expectations from students, staff and industry and which will support an innovative digital experience and learning environment.”
The LMBR program was initially kicked off in 2006 and was planned to replace systems at schools, TAFE institutions and the Department of Education and Communities’ head and branch offices.
However, as flagged by NSW Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat as far back as 2011, the project has suffered frequent delays and blown budgets, and failed to provide all of the expected benefits.
According to iTnews, it is currently several years behind schedule and around $95 million over budget.
The TAFE student enrolment component launched in October 2014 and has since caused lengthy delays for students at enrolment times. At times, iTnews has reported, TAFE was not able to track student fee payments worth around $477 million per annum.
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