Bankrupt education providers fail students

Students gather in protest: The NSW Labor party gained access to Freedom of Information documents that suggest about 51 training providers were terminated.
Students gather in protest: The NSW Labor party gained access to Freedom of Information documents that suggest about 51 training providers were terminated.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley and Labor candidate for Holsworthy Charishma Kaliyanda met with students at Miller TAFE two weeks ago to discuss the impact of undertaking private vocational education programs which they were never able to complete.

An investigation led by the NSW Labor party has revealed private vocational-education providers have targeted Western Sydney students.

The party gained access to Freedom of Information documents that suggest there were 51 training providers who were terminated or suspended since October 2016.

The Labor party claims that the terminations and suspensions were made after they were found to be deregistered by the skills quality regulator ASQA, using unqualified teachers and instructors, subcontracting, and using incorrect training tools, assessments and insolvency.

Mr Foley called for the Government to form a private provider investigation unit to look into training providers and ensure the public purse only funds reputable providers.

Opposition spokeswoman for skills Prue Car said: “Vulnerable students are being targeted by companies to sign up for courses they can’t complete.”

Ms Kaliyanda agreed with Ms Car.

“Many international companies are eyeing the talent pool in south-west Sydney. People in Holsworthy deserve the opportunities of a strong VET sector which TAFE can provide.”

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