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Media Release - Education you can trust

NSW Fair Trading has released a statement of caution this week to warn residents in the Tamworth area about itinerant marketers who are operating in the area and selling training courses.

TAFE New England Institute Director, Peter Heilbuth has responded by saying “Reports that sales people, who represent training providers, preying on vulnerable members of the community, is alarming.”

“TAFE New England is a recognised and trusted brand and has established relationships with other local training providers who operate in our community,” Mr Heilbuth said.

“Consumers need to be sure that they are dealing with a reliable training provider.  If you are approached by any marketer who is trying to sell you a training course and you’re not sure about what you’re signing up for, be sure to contact TAFE New England and we’ll help you,” Mr Heilbuth said.

“We have qualified staff on hand at each of our 11 campuses to offer you a range of support and ensure you that the course you enrol in is the right course for you. You will also be provided with advice regarding any fee concessions or financial assistance that may be available to you,” Mr Heilbuth said.

The NSW Fair Trading and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have joined forces this year to ensure that the public are protected from receiving false or misleading information about training courses.

NSW Fair Trading and The ACCC continue to investigate the conduct of some private colleges, in the education sector, on the basis of their unscrupulous door-to-door marketing practices.

The Department has warned consumers to do their research before signing up for any training course.