The Age 20 September 2012
The Australian Skills Quality Authority has rejected an application from Victorian-based Pow Wow Training to renew its registration as a national training provider, registration leaving more than 1000 students to find somewhere else to complete their studies. Pow Wow offered a wide range of courses from aged care, child care and transport and logistics. ASQA chief commissioner Chris Robinson said Pow Wow was “critically non-compliant” in meeting quality standards. Robinson said the company provided inadequate training and employed trainers who lacked the industry skills they needed for the job.
In this case there are more than 1200 enrolled students at Pow Wow and [ASQA is] working closely with the state government authorities in Victoria and NSW to try to minimise disruptions to student training.
An Education Department spokeswoman said about 1000 of the students were based in Victoria. She said the training company was contacting students, staff and employers to notify them of ASQA’s decision.
The company’s website carries a statement in which managing director Kate Southall said the decision was unexpected. Pow Wow’s registration will expire at the end of October.