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ACPET steps in to advise SAGE Institute of Fitness students of their options
In the wake of the collapse of the SAGE Institute of Fitness and its parent company Australian Careers Institute Pty Ltd, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is reaching out to students to advise of the steps they can take to potentially complete their qualifications.
ACPET have advised that “generally, students affected by a college closure that are eligible under the ASTAS (ACPET’s Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme) have two options.”
These are either:
a) An offer of a place in a similar VET course of study with a Second Provider whereby students will receive course credits for the parts of their original course successfully completed and that students are not charged tuition fees for the replacement components of the replacement course, or
b) A refund of their up-front VET tuition fee payments and/or a re-crediting of any FEE-HELP balance for any VET unit of study that the VET student was enrolled or commences but does not complete because their RTO ceases to provide the VET course of study of which the VET unit forms part of.
ACPET are also holding a series of information forums for students in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, but have advised “at this point in time it has been difficult for ACPET to obtain accurate student data and therefore making direct contact with students has been problematic.”
ACPET adds that it “is doing everything possible with the limited student data that we have to connect with students.”
ACPET strongly advise students who are in a position to attend their local meeting to do so:
Friday 17th March - Time: 9am to 12 noon
Location: Christie Conference Centre Brisbane
320 Adelaide Street Brisbane
Click here to register
Monday 20th March - Time: 9am to 12 noon
Location: Saxons Training Facilities - 10 Barrack Street, Sydney
Click here to register
Melbourne - Full
Wednesday 15th March
SECOND Melbourne Session
Thursday 16th March 2017 - Time: 3pm to 6 pm
Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC 3006
Click here to register
In March last year, ACPET set out to correct what it called "misconceptions in the media" when news reports first emerged citing quality concerns over SAGE Institute of Fitness courses.
In the wake of the private college network’s collapse, leaving 1600 students in limbo and 200 staff redundant, it has also emerged that the SAGE Institute of Fitness, heavily promoted by Steve ‘Commando’ Willis spent more than a third of its taxpayer funded budget on advertising.
A hearing in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in October heard the college had spent $6 million marketing ‘Commando’ Steve's unique "cutting edge" Diploma of Fitness Coaching Course in one year.
The college closed last week after a deal fell through with the owner of the National Basketball League, Larry Kestleman.
Kestleman, who founded Dodo internet and made a fortune in property speculation, took over the NBL after first purchasing Melbourne United.
The Melbourne basketball team used ‘Commando’ Steve as the face of its partnership with SAGE in August 2016.
SAGE has previously denied any taxpayer money was spent on the Melbourne United arrangement.
The Australian Careers Institute Pty Ltd was a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) trading under the following names:
• Sage Institute of Child Care,
• Sage Institute of Fitness,
• Sage Institute of Education,
• Sage Institute of Aged Care, and
• Sage Institute of Massage.
The organisation traded across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Image: 'Commando' Steve spruiks the SAGE Institute of Fitness.
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