Evocca College student figures questioned, linked to training industry recruitment concerns

Figures suggest one of the country’s largest training colleges had just 19 students graduate from any of its courses in a single year, reigniting concerns about the training sector.

Data on the Government’s MySkills website showed Evocca College enrolled almost 14,000 students in 2012 but just 19 graduated.

The company has disputed the figures but others have suggested the numbers support ongoing concerns about some players in the training industry.

In particular, criticism focused on the recruitment practices of companies which sometimes targeted disadvantaged students.

Such students often struggled to cope with high-level course content and dropped out, leaving them with hefty government training loans and no qualification.

Evocca College was one of the training market leaders with almost 40 campuses around Australia.

In a statement, Evocca said the MySkills figures were wrong and many hundreds of students graduated out of 2,770 enrolments in 2012, with its graduate rates at or above industry average.

It said not all students dropped out and many went on to work or other training — via

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