Pri­vate train­ing col­lege leg­is­la­tion re­view

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment is ask­ing for in­put from cur­rent stu­dents and grad­u­ates of pri­vate train­ing in­sti­tu­tions. It’s part of a re­view of the ‘ Pri­vate Train­ing In­sti­tu­tions Act and Reg­u­la­tions’.

Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Darin King pro­vided de­tails on the con­sul­ta­tions as part of a min­is­te­rial re­view to en­sure the leg­is­la­tion is cur­rent, rel­e­vant and ef­fec­tive. In ad­di­tion to con­sul­ta­tions with stu­dents and grad­u­ates, con­sul­ta­tions are oc­cur­ring through meet­ings with other stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing pri­vate train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, fund­ing agen­cies and pro­fes­sion­als li­cens­ing bod­ies.

“ We want to en­sure that the leg­is­la­tion for the pri­vate col­lege sec­tor al­lows for progress in the in­dus­try, while sup­port­ing qual­ity pro­grams and an ap­pro­pri­ate level of pro­tec­tion for stu­dents’ in­vest­ments.”

Mr. King said the re­view is re­ly­ing on the in­put of those who have ex­pe­ri­ence with pri­vate train­ing in­sti­tu­tions. Any cur­rent stu­dents or grad­u­ates of pri­vate train­ing in­sti­tu­tions are en­cour­aged to at­tend a con­sul­ta­tions ses­sion.

Four con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions will be held in re­gions of the prov­ince where pri­vate train­ing in­sti­tu­tions now ex­ist.

The sched­ule in­cludes St. John’s to­day; Marys­town (Marys­town Ho­tel) to­mor­row, July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Grand Falls-Windsor July 27 and Corner Brook July 28.

Mr. King in­sisted “In­put from those who have been ed­u­cated through pri­vate train­ing in­sti­tu­tions is vi­tal to this re­view process.”

The con­sul­ta­tions will pro­vide feed­back on ar­eas such as reg­is­tra­tions of new in­sti­tu­tions, mon­i­tor­ing, stu­dent pro­tec­tion, along with pro­gram and in­struc­tor ap­provals.

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