The study plans of thousands of WA high school students have been thrown into disarray after the national regulator deregistered one of WA’s biggest vocational education and training providers.
Schools have been left scrambling to find alternative providers after the Australian Skills Quality Authority pulled the pin on VETis Consulting last week.
The training organisation last year had about 12,000 students from about 130 public and private schools.
Many students who study ATAR subjects also pick up a vocational certificate to help them qualify for their WA Certificate of Education.
A letter sent to parents of students at Shenton College last week said the decision would affect a “broad range of schools” and a string of qualifications, including certificates II in tourism, hospitality, sport and recreation, business, information digital media and technology, creative industries and visual arts. Certificates III in business and sport and recreation would also be affected.
“If any Year 12 Shenton College student, as a result of this deregistration, is at risk of not achieving the WACE, the school will apply for special consideration to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, who will grant WACE if all other conditions are met,” the letter said.
The Education Department said that about 6890 students from 64 public schools were potentially going to be enrolled in VETis courses this year.“We have been working with our schools and TAFE colleges to ensure all of our students can continue their training and complete their qualifications,” Statewide services executive director Martin Clery said.
ASQA cancelled the registration early last month, but the provider had one month to appeal before cancellation took effect on Friday.
A statement from ASQA said VETis Consulting failed to comply with a number of clauses, including providing accurate and factual marketing information in all cases, supporting the needs of all learners and providing assessment systems that met training package requirements.
VETis Consulting managing director Bronwyn Blencowe said the areas where it had been judged non-compliant were minor administrative issues.
“For many of them we submitted rectification, but they didn’t even look at it,” she said.
“No student has ever been disadvantaged.”