More TAFE campuses in regional Queensland are shedding jobs.

The ABC has confirmed around 35 TAFE teachers in Cairns, Townsville, Charters Towers and Mount Isa are set to lose their jobs by the end of the year.

Of that number, more than 20 staff will go in Cairns alone due to course cuts in five areas - believed to include music, art, fashion and plumbing.

It comes on top of larger cuts in Rockhampton announced earlier this year as part of the TAFE's merger with CQ University.

TAFE officials say the redundancies are part of an annual review based on demand for courses.

But Together union spokesman Kevin O'Sullivan is sceptical of that and blames funding cuts.

"I don't think anybody who's been in TAFE or involved in TAFE would buy that for one minute,' he said.

"I think the cut in state funding is the direct result of that.

"You may be able to accept that if they were putting more resources into other areas, but they're not putting any more resources into any other areas."

The State Government says it has had nothing to do with the cuts, but says TAFEs will have to compete with private organisations for funding next year.

But under education reforms, TAFEs will have to compete against private operators for funding from next year.

Cairns Councillor Rob Pyne says he is troubled by the staff cuts at the Tropical North Queensland TAFE, in light of the huge demand for jobs from the proposed Aquis mega resort.

Councillor Pyne says any cuts are concerning and the State Government needs to take some responsibility.

"Do we want to train up local people to benefit from that employment when it does take place?" he said.

"I just think it's the wrong time to be cutting back in that TAFE sector.

"If they cared about regional Queensland they'd be resourcing our TAFEs better, especially in rural and remote areas."

But Barron MP Michael Trout says there is a review of staffing and courses each year based on demand.

He says he does not believe locals who might benefit from Aquis jobs will be adversely affected.

"Hospitality has not been squashed in this round - it was more plumbing and smaller courses," he said.

"The TAFE did take under consideration the growth in potential new hotels getting built in Cairns.

"But remember it's five years away if everything went right with Aquis, so we wouldn't hold something open for five years unless it was imminent that we required that training or skill set."


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