APPRENTICESHIP and training provider Skillset has dispelled rumours a recent restructure will lead to job losses.
CEO Craig Randazzo said as part of the restructure Skillset made the decision to withdraw its registration as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) from June 30.
RTOs are training providers registered by Australian Skills Quality Authority to deliver vocational education and training (VET) services.
Mr Randazzo said staff who were employed in the RTO section of the business were redeployed into other areas and he had no intentions of reducing the number of staff.
He said the business had passed its RTO audits but made the decision to withdraw its registration because there would be ‘large competition’ in the area next year.
“The decision on the closure of our RTO was entirely Skillsets, and taken as part of the organisation’s renewed commitment to our apprenticeship services and sustainability operations,” he said.
“We will still be able to offer a seamless workforce development service for business through the strategic alliances we have developed with our quality RTO partners in the region to ensure the best training delivery as we move into the new training market landscape, branded by the NSW government as ‘smart and skilled’ from January 2015.
“This change has provided us with the opportunity to focus on making our apprenticeships and sustainability services more relevant and accessible to businesses in our region