Stu­dents in limbo af­ter As­pire Col­lege col­lapse

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

ONE of Aus­tralia’s largest vo­ca­tional education com­pa­nies has stopped classes across the na­tion blam­ing changes to the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s stu­dent loan scheme.

As­pire Col­lege of Education, RTO Ser­vices Group, The De­sign Works Col­lege of De­sign and the Aus­tralian In­dige­nous Col­lege all went into ad­min­is­tra­tion last Tues­day.

As­pire Col­lege of Education has four cam­puses in western Syd­ney, in­clud­ing in St Marys, Bankstown, Par­ra­matta, Liverpool and Camp­bell­town.

A let­ter to stu­dents by the ad­min­is­tra­tors ap­pointed for the com­pa­nies, Hall Chad­wick, ad­vised the col­leges have been sus­pended un­til fur­ther no­tice while in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tin­ued.

Dis­cus­sions were con­tin­u­ing around whether the col­leges would re­open, or if stu­dents would be tran­si­tioned to new col­leges, the ad­min­is­tra­tor, Richard Al­bar­ran, wrote.

The let­ter blamed the ma­jor changes to the stu­dent loan scheme VET FeeHelp im­ple­mented by the Fed­eral Govern­ment, adding that the changes had placed sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure on the con­tin­ued op­er­a­tion of the col­leges.

“The own­ers of the col­leges have ex­hausted all avail­able means to con­tinue op­er­at­ing and, with great re­luc­tance, have been forced to place the col­leges into vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Mr Al­bar­ran wrote.

Stu­dents will be up­dated on the sit­u­a­tion by the ad­min­is­tra­tors via email, the let­ter stated.

The St Marys cam­pus opened about three years ago and of­fered diplo­mas in busi­ness, lead­er­ship and com­mu­nity ser­vices.

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