Urge the government help stranded Sage students and make the directors of Sage accountable
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Please do not let us spiral into the abyss of hopelessness. Many students are going to lose all their hard work of the past 1-2 years without gaining a certificate of completion because of Sage Institute of Educations liquidation.
The Australian Council for Private Education Training (ACPET), said they will help where possible. Victorian Training Minister Gayle Tierney said the state government would support all affected students and help them complete their training elsewhere.
All Registered Traning Organizations, that have been contacted by students said, without a statement of attainment from Sage, students have to redo all work and the 240 hours of placement all from scratch, students can not start off from where Sage left them.
That is the entire year's work, for which we have invested much time, money, effort, and sleepless nights. Many of us went through terrible ordeals in our lives and commenced this certificate course as a last strand of hope to fight back and do something worthwhile in our lives. It took a lot of courage and mental strength to begin this journey. Leaving us nowhere (even though many are at the verge of finishing) without the certainty of a certificate of completion would throw us back into depression and anxiety, and pave our paths back to Centrelink indefinitely. Who is going to listen to each of our stories?
Will you help us get something that we have rightfully earned? With your support, we want to appeal to the Government to step in by funding Sage institute's trainers and assessors to continue until all the current Sage students complete their qualification. This will allow us to join the workforce soon, boosting the economy, improve our mental health, coming out of Centerlink, and save a lot of taxpayers’ money in the long run.
We also humbly request that the Australian Government plan a safety net for students in the future from a similar fate and make a sound policy about liquidations and intermediate processes for education institutes, such as mandatory insurance, paying for the trainers until the students finish their qualifications.
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