Careers Australia caught up in enrolment scam

Careers Aust

ABC 7.30    |   3 March 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… One of Australia's biggest private training providers is being accused of using salesmen who target disadvantaged areas and enrol poor students with fake entrance exams. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Careers Australia is a market leader in vocational education, with 16 campuses across five states and 14,000 students, and is expanding rapidly by engaging door-to-door salespeople to sign up new students to courses funded by the Federal Government. Last financial year Careers Australia billed taxpayers for almost $110 million in VET FEE-HELP loans. But a current Careers Australia student and former … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 593 2 March 2015

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In Focus A time to reflect, and yet be very clear on what we are doing on your behalf As many of you may be aware, there was a media report last week that was critical of a member of ACPET. Be assured that the Board of ACPET takes such matters very seriously and has responded in a number or ways. The provider has been asked to provide a response to the allegations that were made. The provider has been asked to provide a response to the allegations that were made. Although we are concerned about these allegations and are pleased that any such rorts are brought to our attention (so that action can be taken), it would be preferable to be able to eradicate this sort of … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 2 March 2015

VET FEE-HELP providers under the microscope The federal government has announced that training providers will be subject of targeted audits to prevent the exploitation of VET FEE-HELP. The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), would undertake a total of 23 audits of registered training organisations, including providers identified in complaints to the authority. “Any training providers found to be engaged in practices that are contrary to the required national Standards could face regulatory sanctions, including the cancelation or suspension of their registration,” he said. Senator … [Read more...]

Go8 Newsletter February 2015

  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Table of Contents Outgoing chair Ian Young on the uncertainty of the funding future Incoming CEO Vicki Thompson on the importance of a robust and quality higher education sector to nation's future Samantha Maiden (National Political Editor, The Sunday Telegraph and a graduate of the University of Adelaide) asks whether reform has been consigned to the too hard basket Glyn Davis (V-C  Melbourne)  suggests that if majority Commonwealth funding is a defining characteristic of a public university, there is no “public” university in Australia … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 16 February 2015

Apprentice numbers recover in December quarter There has been a turnaround in the number of apprentices commencing, suggesting an end to the recent decline, according to the latest figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The figures show that non-trade commencements increased by 5,300 to 31,700 in the December quarter, suggesting an end to the series of declines since June 2013. Trade commencements increased 1,600 to 21,500, ending the downturn since September 2013. The NCVER report, Apprentices and trainees 2014 – early trend estimates, December quarter, provides seasonally adjusted and smoothed data at the national level. Victoria … [Read more...]

ACPET slams AEU study

ACPET NMU     |     16 February 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ACPET CEO Rod Camm writes that the recent report by Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney – commissioned by the Australian Education Union – which claims that large private training college chains have been generating extraordinary profit margins on the back of their recent access to public subsidies is seriously flawed. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… I remember a former Prime Minister coining the phrase ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy.’ I can only imagine he was thinking about VET. The importance of the sector can never be overstated. Skills shortages will again become the … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 16 February 2015

In Focus One can only watch the comings and goings of the Senate and wonder One can only watch the comings and goings of the Senate and wonder. The Higher Education Reform agenda continues at a merry pace. We have spent a lot of time in the last week engaging in the debate. Our arguments for reform remain the need to address the inequity for students at non-university providers, but also the need to grow participation and quality programs. Our providers can play an enormous role in the future of higher education in Australia. Let’s hope we get that opportunity. To help please talk to your students. We need each and every one of them to understand that they will … [Read more...]