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Study Group to be deregistered

ASQA      |   16 January 2018 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled the registration of Study Group Australia Pty Limited as a provider of vocational education and training (VET) services, for significant non-compliance with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Study Group Australia trades under multiple business names including ACPE Academy, Martin College, Australian Institute of Applied Sciences, Embassy English, Taylors College, ANU College, Flinders International Study Centre, and Taylors Unilink.  At August, Study Group VET providers had about 4,000 … [Read more...]

Acquire tumbles towards insolvency

ABC News     |    12 May 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Acquire Learning, which has been teetering on the edge of the abyss for some time, has tumbled into voluntary administration.  The appointed administrator says recent regulatory changes appear to have had a significant impact on Acquire's business model. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Acquire Learning was an education broker and recruitment service that marketed on behalf of certain RTOs who were responsible for accepting and finalising the enrolments, although it did eventually acquire its own two training providers. Acquire’s website and social media accounts have been suspended for months, the … [Read more...]

The Scan in 2015

 26 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… On account of other pressing matters in 2015 published editions of The Scan, with a completely refreshed front page heralded to subscribers by an e-newsletter, were down quite a bit – just 21 in 2015 compared to 40 in in 2014. Nevertheless, some 350 items were posted, which is about 8 a week in The Scan’s year, a little down on the 10 items posted a week last year. Traffic to the Scan website remained strong, down about 20% on last year’s figures. The Scan’s now extensive archive of nearly 3000 posts creates “organic” traffic: over one third of all Scan traffic now flows from search engines and referrals. Regular readers will have … [Read more...]

NCVER news

  Are vocational streams the key to producing a more adaptable workforce? Vocational streams could offer a framework for creating better connections between qualifications and jobs than the traditional approach based on specific skill sets for narrowly defined occupations.Show more... NCVER's research prospectus is full steam ahead Through the introduction of the new research prospectus, NCVER is investing in a range of applied research issues that governments and key employer and training provider stakeholders identify as being of highest priority to them. Show more... Recognising the prior learning of adult … [Read more...]

The Scan in June 2015

30 June  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In June The Scan posted 48 items but only one edition (#171) - we've been a bit busy with other things, The Scan being a pro bono sort of thing that doesn't actually put bread on the table.  Speaking of bread, the level of remuneration enjoyed by vice-chancellors was a run away winner in clicks: across the sector, it turns out our vice-chancellors are paid very well indeed by international standards .  Academic gongs, recording honours awarded to tertiary people, rated highly.  It's a curious thing that nobody at all from the VET sector, who we could identify, scored a gong for services to education and training - not a single one.   … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 29 June 2015

Withdrawal fees banned for courses Fees imposed on students wishing to withdraw from courses will be banned, under changes announced by the Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham. “From 1 July 2015, if a student wants to withdraw from training on or before the census date, a provider will no longer be able to charge a withdrawal fee or place some other administrative barrier in the way of the student,” he said. It means a VET provider: Must not have financial, administrative or other barriers that prevent a student from withdrawing from a VET unit of study on or before the census date; Must ensure that where a student notifies the VET provider of … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 25 May 2015

Victoria to target training quality and international students – Minister Steve Herbert delivers Mick Young Oration Minister Steve Herbert delivers the Mick Young Oration. Victoria will shortly embark on a new risk-based approach to quality in the vocational education (VET) system, and will seek to position TAFEs as magnets for more international students. Delivering the 2015 Mick Young Oration in Melbourne last Thursday, the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, said he would soon be acting on the Deloitte review of quality assurance in the state’s training system. “The Review analysed existing processes and procedures and will shortly be recommending a … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update # 602 4 May 2015

In Focus The week that was  In higher education the argument is overwhelming that we need to continue to argue for the removal of the inequities that apply to our students. The 25% additional loading alone is outrageous, and coupled with full fees with no government assistance defies common sense. I will be contacting key figures in the industry over the coming weeks to help shape a way forward. In VET we have heard more news about the ACCC investigation and potential charges. I support the move and it is imperative that all students are properly informed about their provider, the course and any debt levels incurred before they sign on. The fact that these basic consumer … [Read more...]

Hundreds of Vocation qualifications recalled

ABC News    |     22 April 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Private training provider Vocation has been forced to recall more than 1,000 of its qualifications, including hundreds in child care and aged care, after Victorian regulators found the courses were sub-standard. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Almost 200 students who completed a Certificate III in Child Care, 250 students who completed a Certificate III in Aged Care, and 383 students with a double qualification of business studies will have to hand back their qualifications and inform their employers. A total of 832 students, who all studied with Vocation in Melbourne between January until June … [Read more...]

Dodgy providers can now be fined

DET Media Centre     |     2 April 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) breaching standards can now be issued with an immediate fine under the new infringement notice scheme. New laws recently passed in the Senate require anyone, including brokers and other third parties, marketing a vocational education and training (VET) course to clearly identify which RTO is providing the qualification. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said that up until now the national regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) could only write warning letters, or … [Read more...]