SmartCity: 'Business as usual' despite looming de-registration
SMARTCITY Vocational College has reached out to its students off the back of months of controversy and uncertainty.
The training provider's admin arm SC admin Pty Ltd went into liquidation only days before Christmas leaving more than 300 staff jobless, and is expected to be de-registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority effective as of March 6.
Director Jim Spong has sought a review of the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and has sought a stay of the authority's decision pending the outcome of the review.
The college didn't reopen until January 26 in a reduced capacity, cutting a number of campuses around the country including Rockhampton.
More than a dozen staff in the Rockhampton office were left in limbo over the move.
In response to recent events and "media attention", CEO Glenn Spong told students the college was working hard to ensure their studies were impacted as "little" as possible.
In the letter, Mr Spong cites changes to the Federal Vocational Training funding model as the cause for "significant" restructuring".
"The result of the restructure has meant that we have had to change many campus locations and change some trainers. We are so sorry if this has caused you personal frustration or difficulties," he said.
"We have been working very hard to ensure these changes have as little impact on your studies as possible, but would definitely do a few things differently if we had the chance to start over.
"One thing that we didn't do very well is communicate with our governing bodies the structural changes (including the closure of SC Admin, a service trust). The result of this general confusion with governing bodies has led to Smart City Vocational College being issued with a notice from ASQA (a governing body).
"The notice informs us that our NVR Act registration will be cancelled, if we are not successful in convincing an independent board, The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), that we have sufficient resources in place for our students. We are very confident that this can be resolved quickly and is business as usual until that process concludes."
Mr Spong said they were excited to be coming to the end of the difficult transition.
A hearing will be held today to decide whether or not to grant the stay of decision to SmartCity until the review is finalised.
Students with inquiries are asked to contact SmartCity on 1800 BE SMART (1800 23 76278) or email firstname.lastname@example.org