Career dreams in tatters after training company collapses
A BUDERIM woman's dream of a better career is in tatters as a result of a national training provider's capitulation.
Nursing assistant of 25 years Fiona MacLennan started her Diploma in Nursing course through Careers Australia in July last year.
Ms MacLennan said the $24,500 course was covered by a vocational education training fee loan.
Two of her friends also enrolled in the same course.
They wanted to upgrade their skills to become enrolled nurses.
"I love what I do but it's not enough money to pay the bills," Ms MacLennan said.
She organised her aged-care facility work roster so she could travel to Brisbane every Tuesday for the practical elements of the course.
Online tutors were very helpful during the first semester but service levels started dropping off since the start of the second semester.
"Our online educators were taken away from us," Ms MacLennan said.
She said teachers were leaving the company and becoming more and more stressed.
"It's been happening for a while."
Then, on Thursday last week, Ms MacLennan received a blunt, generic text message.
It said all classes and courses had been suspended and told recipients not to reply.
The company had been placed into voluntary administration.
"It was horrifying," Ms MacLennan said.
"We still feel like our whole world has fallen apart."
She was due to sit a medical calculation exam today.
Her friend and fellow student Rae Harrison said she had been studying hard for the past month in preparation for the exam.
"In short, I fell like the rug has just been pulled out from underneath me," Mrs Harrison said.
She said the course had become a massive part of her life.
It had been difficult with dwindling assistance, but she had still managed to earn distinctions on sections already completed.
"We kind of feel a bit forgotten about."
Ms MacLennan said she had tried unsuccessfully to get information from Careers Australia.
"I can't get a hold of them," Ms MacLennan said.
"We are all distraught."
She was desperate to know if the work she had already done would count if she were to be taken on by another raining provider.
The training fee debt was another concern.
"We are still waiting to hear what is happening.
"We want answers and an apology."
The Daily tried to contact Careers Australia for comment but its offices were closed.