Training college with four campuses collapses into voluntary administration

A Queensland training college with four campuses has collapsed into voluntary administration.

College of Australian Training called in external managers late last week, with Sam Kaso and Daniel Juratowitch from Cor Cordis appointed joint voluntary administrators.

College of Australian Training has campuses in Townsville, Cairns, Maroochydore and the Gold Coast.

The college offers nationally recognised hospitality, hairdressing, beauty, business and tourism training from 35 different locations across Australia, according to its website.

Its sister business, College Cuts, has also been placed in administration.

College Cuts specialises in discounted haircuts by advanced hairdressing trainees under supervision from teachers.

When SmartCompany attempted to contacted College of Australian Training for comment, a voicemail message confirmed the business has been put into administration.

“The College of Australian Training Pty Ltd and its sister company College Cuts Pty Ltd have been placed into the hands of administrators,” the voicemail says.

“The campuses located at Cairns, Townsville, Maroochydore and Gold Coast have been closed.”

The recorded message says its government-funded students will receive a list of local, approved RTOs they can approach to continue their training.

Sam Kaso, partner at Cor Cordis, told SmartCompany there has been some interest in the business from potential buyers even though it has only been two business days since his appointment.

“We’re seeking urgent expressions of interest with a view to hopefully find a solution urgently that will provide continuity for students and ongoing employment for staff,” Kaso says.

“But at the moment we’re working through that process.”

Kaso declined to comment on the factors leading to his appointment, saying it is too soon to tell.


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5 years ago

I never thought I’d see the day (I’ve been in VET for 15 years now) where all RTO’s are put into the ‘risk industry’ bucket (as of early 2016). Scary times, indeed.

5 years ago

This is the New 50% ers.

those of us in the industry saw this when VFH first started. (Mind you the idea was good in theory).

The moment that a diploma in Business was offered above 2500 we could see the writing on the wall.

Many of the courses (Cert 3,4,and Diploma) that were on offer in the 90’s were around 500- 1000 then the Government brought in Adult Traineeships with government funding of 4400 to the employer and 1500 direct to the RTO (new starters) and 4400 to the employer for existing workers. This required the RTO to negotiate a fee for the courses for the existing worker trainees. The term 50% er comes from the negotiated “you and I split the 4400 down the middle and all of a sudden you have courses being inflated to 2000 – 2500. The conduct of these traineeships often surrounded the Transport & Distribution training package which had generous packaging rules and allowed for 7 units from each AQF level to be chosen and often could be applied to almost any business including manufacturing companies and processing plants.The nature of the beast was that the trainer assessors would gather their 3 forms of evidence, get the trainee to answer some underpinning knowledge questions and then tick of a checklist against the elements of competence and performance criteria.

Often each individual would get around 4 face to face visits with an assessor over their 2 year traineeship and sometimes the only way to get some quality was for the trainer assessor to show some integrity and actually gap train however this was the exception rather than the rule. Some trainer assessors were employed on a 50 dollar per competency rate.

Again, this set the tone for the pricing of VET courses until the Government got tired of continually changing the rules to weed out the 50%ers., then someone though Vet Fee Help, like HECS and PELS this was a great concept and without regulating it, the RTO owners (the very same people that in the nineties saw the BSZ Workplace training qualification as a “license to print money” saw the opportunity to continue their lavish lifestyles and thus the new rorts started to develop. This time more money was on offer and the RTO was risk free so they thought as the loan was the problem of the trainee.

This is something that should have been stopped years ago but nobody listened to us the practitioners. |
Good Bye Thieves

So sad but about time.