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12 March 2015

Group training employers welcome crackdown on dodgy colleges

Australia’s largest employer network of apprentices and trainees today welcomed federal government plans to end the rorts associated with some training colleges misleading students and offering substandard courses.

The Chief Executive of Group Training Australia (GTA), Jim Barron said the steps announced by the Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham are designed to protect students and prevent the abuse of VET FEE-HELP.

“We strongly endorse the Minister’s actions in safeguarding the strong reputation of the VET sector and making training relevant to industry.

"Employers, apprentices and trainees are heavily reliant on a vocational training system that is effective and credible and there is simply no room for providers and brokers who undermine it,” he said.

“Australia has established a strong reputation for vocational education and training.

“We firmly back efforts to ensure that training is robust, and that taxpayer funds are not squandered on dubious courses and qualifications offered by rogues and dodgy providers.”

Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications 0412 753 298

Group Training Australia is the national peak body representing the network of over 150 Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employing apprentices and trainees throughout Australia.

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