The vocational training landscape changed dramatically during the 1980s. The decade saw an expansion of apprenticeship programs; the introduction of competency based training on a national scale; greater involvement of industry in VET sector; the emergence of private providers and the dramatic growth of the inbound international student market.
On a local level, enrolments within the secondary school section of Collingwood Technical College were dropping (due to competition from newly established technical schools in the outer suburbs) heralding the eventual closure of Collingwood’s junior technical school (or secondary section) later in the decade. At the same time junior technical schools across the state were closing and students moved across to high schools (or secondary colleges).
Trouble was also brewing over at Preston College of TAFE which was experiencing significant financial difficulties and was ultimately placed under an interim administration and a total management and operational re-structure.
Collingwood Collage of TAFE (as CTC became known during the decade) was also experiencing financial (although less acute) difficulties and the new management team at Preston Collage of TAFE was asked to explore the prospect of amalgamating the Preston and Collingwood Colleges of TAFE. Amalgamation ultimately occurred with the creation of the Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE (NMCOT) the forerunner to the modern entity known as NMIT.
In the VFL the Premiers were Carlton (1981 and 1982), Hawthorn (1983), Essendon (1984 and 1985), Hawthorn (1986), Carlton (1987), Hawthorn (1988 and 1989).
Melbourne Cup winners for the 1980s were Beldale Ball (1980), Just a Dash (1981), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Kiwi (1983), Black Knight (1984), What a Nuisance (1985), At Talaq (1986), Kensei (1987), Empire Rose (1988), and Tawrrific (1989).