Evocca College defends cutting 220 staff, 17 campuses
UPDATE 4:20pm: EVOCCA College has defended huge cuts that will see 17 campuses closed and 220 staff axed.
Media and communications manager Suzanne Ross said the training giant had considered every other option before making the decision to cut almost a third of its staff.
Ms Ross said the company had treated staff in a caring and sensitive manner.
"A significant effort was made to ensure all staff were advised, via teleconference, at the same time by our CEO," she said.
"We also made sure key members of our leadership team were at each affected campus to support impacted staff."
She denied claims that staff cried, shouted or vomited after hearing the announcement.
"We have checked with our leadership team who have been present in our campuses around Australia and they have reported no instances of staff crying, shouting or vomiting as a result of the announcement to all staff by our CEO," she said.
EARLIER: EVOCCA College has sacked 220 of its 770 staff members and will close a third of its campuses across Australia.
Staff cried, shouted and even threw up as they were given the axe en mass in a meeting today, a staff member told the ABC.
The training giant has announced closures of 17 campuses across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, affecting around 900 students.
Those students are being offered transfers to other campuses, online training or a mixture of both.
Browns Plains, Morayfield, Southport, Woodridge
New South Wales
Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Gosford, Penrith, Seven Hills
Epping, Melton, Preston, Ringwood, Sunshine, Werribee