Company Updates

STEM Workshops Go Full STEAM Ahead

Workright Australia/GEM College of International Business was involved in the promotion and delivery of 16 workshops across Australia. Over 250 educational managers, teachers and students enjoyed the workshops that ran from Brisbane to Perth.

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Fatigue ends life of training provider Vocation

Vocation imploded last year after a damning government audit stripped it of funds. The tin can could have been ­rattled longer — for another six months by some estimates. But in the end it wasn’t just a lack of capital that ended the Icarian life of Vocation, one of Australia’s first listed private training providers; there was also fatigue.

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Vocation goes into voluntary administration

Troubled education provider Vocation has entered voluntary administration, announcing “with great regret” the board has been unable to secure funding to keep it alive.

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Australian Careers Network’s Phoenix Institute loses registrations

Australian Careers Network’s troublesome college the Phoenix Institute has been stripped of its registrations by federal regulators.

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Six of 10 top private college groups under a cloud

Six of the top 10 organisations running Australian private colleges — which together received more than $620 million in government-funded student loans last year — are under regulatory scrutiny or have been accused of questionable quality or marketing practices.

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Innovation in Education through Converged Technologies

Workright Australia has entered into agreement with three local technology companies, a South Australian artist, an academic from South Africa, a world leader in technology education, and an international recognized technology design expert to create and globally commercialize a unique set of educational resources. These are being aligned to the Australian Curriculum, which is currently being prepared for students in all states and territories, from Foundation –Year 12. The educational resources are also being aligned to the Australian Vocational Education and Training Competency Standards (VET sector) and the Australian Qualifications Framework. The educational resources, known as trademarked as STEM Converged Curriculum™ and STEAM Converged Curriculum™ will equip students, teachers, trainers, assessors and educational managers alike!

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ASQA continues to apply strong compliance requirements

Several RTOs have had to improve their VET FEE HELP and other systems and one RTO has had their registration cancelled. If in doubt, contact the authority for your State.

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Vulnerable People being exploited by unethical RTOs

The shameful action of far too many RTOs continues. Not only are People with Disabilities being exploited, but it appears those who ask questions about unethical practices are subject to not too subtle threats.

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Experts Form an Educational Alliance: GEM and Pentangle

GEM College of International Business has expanded its long standing relationship with Ms, Pamela Wakefield-Semmens, Principal of Pentangle. Pamela is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Registered Psychologist, and is currently finalising a PhD in the area of coaching to improve the retention, performance and wellbeing of core talent.

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ASQA Update: Sept 2015

Message from ASQA’s Chief Commissioner: Like other government departments and statutory authorities, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is currently finalising its annual report, which will be tabled in Parliament soon. However, I wanted to share with you some key statistics about ASQA’s regulatory activity between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015.

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