Evocca Morayfield Gone & Caboolture Stays as Training giant Evocca College sacks 200 staff, set to close about a third of its campuses

Training giant Evocca College has sacked more than 200 staff and will close more than a third of its campuses around the country.

Key points:

  • Campuses will be closed in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania
  • The 900 affected students will be offered transfers and online courses
  • The cuts come after a crackdown on rorting "study now, pay later" loans

The college, which has about 11,000 students, called staff into a meeting this afternoon where they were told 220 positions out of 770 would go.

In a statement the college said 17 "smaller" campuses were expected to be closed, affecting about 900 students.

Students were told Thursday and Friday were "pupil-free days".

The remaining college campuses are expected to open as normal on Monday.

It comes after about 60 staff were let go in October, 2015.

There were numerous college closures around the country after the Federal Government cracked down on rorting of the VET-FEE-HELP "study now, pay later" loans.

One staff member told the ABC staff were invited to a Skype meeting with chief executive Craig White who announced the redundancies.

Half the staff were taken to one room and half to another.

Staff in one room were told their jobs were the safe while staff in the other room were told they had been made redundant.

"Staff took it very bad, shouting, crying, some throwing up," one staff member told the ABC.

"They're not good at taking care of their employees.

"Last meeting they said redundancies wouldn't happen again but it has."

Evocca College disputed accounts of staff being separated into different rooms and said there were no instances reported of staff crying or throwing up.

Affected students offered transfers, online courses

In its statement the college said less than 10 per cent of students would be affected and it was only closing smaller campuses.

The campuses set to close:

  • NSW: Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Gosford, Penrith, Seven Hills
  • Victoria: Epping, Melton, Preston, Ringwood, Sunshine, Werribee
  • Queensland: Browns Plains, Morayfield, Southport, Woodridge
  • Tasmania: Glenorchy

Affected students could transfer to nearby campuses or study online, or a mixture of both.

Evocca College chief executive Craig White said the "restructure" was a response to the "well-publicised changes" to the VET-FEE-HELP sector.

"A workforce reduction is always the last resort and Evocca College has taken every possible step to minimise the impact of the changing operating environment on our staff," he said.

"The changes we are making are regrettable but unavoidable, and are aimed at ensuring we remain a financially robust vocational education provider and that we continue to provide high quality and innovative education and outcomes for our students.

"We realise this is a difficult time for our staff and we will be supporting those affected by offering employee assistance programs and outplacement services as part of a separation package."

Source: ABC News

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