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18 training providers contracts terminated in Victoria

Source: Public Doamin

To create greater confidence of students, employers and industry in Victoria’s training system the Government’s quality blitz weeding out has taken out close to 20 low quality training providers.

To create greater confidence of students, employers and industry in Victoria’s training system the Government’s quality blitz weeding out has taken out close to 20 low quality training providers.

A year after its launch, the $9 million training quality blitz is having a significant impact on dodgy training providers.

12 months on, the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert reported, the blitz has seen:

 

  • 62 Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) investigated;
  • 18 training providers having their contracts terminated;
  • More than $41 million in Victorian taxpayer money earmarked for recovery; and
  • $9 million of funding is currently being withheld while investigations continue.

 

The Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert said – “The blitz has had a huge impact. It has led to us removing dodgy training providers from the system and has helped restore confidence in VET training.”

By weeding out poor quality providers, students can have confidence in the quality of the training they receive and industry can have confidence in the quality of the skills students, apprentices and trainees are receiving.

The blitz was started last year as a direct result of the Government’s Review of Quality Assurance in Victoria’s VET system.

As part of the blitz, the Department of Education and Training now names providers who have had their contract terminated on its website, so students can have confidence in the providers they choose.

In addition to the blitz, the Victorian Government is investing $30 million over three years to boost quality assurance, including closer scrutiny of high-risk providers and greater control and oversight in the use of third party training providers.

“We’re leading the country in stamping out rogue training providers. We’re working to restore confidence to the training system prior to the introduction of a new funding system in 2017,” Minister Steve Herbert added.

The Government has also introduced new, tougher contracts for training providers which came into effect in January this year.

The new contracts mean that anyone involved in the management of a training organisation that has their contract cancelled by the Department or the regulator reasons will not be able to be involved in another training company that receives Victorian Government funding.

As well as cracking down on poor quality training, the Government has invested heavily in TAFE, including through the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund.

Last year, the Government commissioned an independent Review of VET Funding, with a new model for the sector to be announced soon. 

Source Department of Education and Training