The experiment of funding private vocational education and training (VET) providers is a waste of public money.
The obvious rorts are now well known but one aspect of the insidious nature of several profit-based businesses sits within the validity of their assessment protocols. Where training and qualifications are directly linked to issuance of an occupational licence, such as for builders in NSW, there should be no private RTOs who basically sell a quick qualification via their extensive use of RPL rather than any valid assessment in order for their clients to apply for a NSW building contractor licence.
Heavy radio advertising repeatedly promises the issuance of such qualifications for the purposes of licencing with no requirement for formal study or examination.
NSW Fair Trading should immediately reject any licence applicant who has not completed a course of study with TAFE. TAFE is the only reputable RTO that can ensure the validity of the training being delivered and assessed and the qualifications subsequently issued.
St George TAFE College