The IT training industry is rallying round the students who have been caught in the middle of the collapse of Carich Computer Training.
Carich announced yesterday it would cease trading immediately and appoint a receiver to wind up the company. Carich founder Caron Taurima lays the blame for the closure with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the government agency that oversees the private training sector.
"Unfortunately, Carich has been unable to secure any money or support, and our efforts to date have been consistently blocked by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)," says Taurima in a written statement.
Auckland-based Ames Training will take on as many Carich students as it can manage, according to the head of the school, George Marr.
"Tutors aren't a problem, there are plenty around if we need to hire more, and we could probably manage 150 straight away." Marr says it's a shame Carich has folded but the company's closure must not affect the students.
"It will certainly affect the industry as a whole but it mustn't affect the students or their studies." Marr says he's been in touch with the Ministry of Education to work out how to help students through the transition.
New Horizons bills itself as the world's largest private IT training company and is represented in New Zealand by Eagle Technologies. Eagle chief executive Gary Langford says the company will also do all it can to ensure the students continue in their studies even though New Horizons focuses on a different market niche.
"We are a corporate training facility and generally don't deal with government funding at all. It's a different market, a different clientele." Langford says the company is talking to the government about how it can help out.
"We have an interest in assisting the students, certainly." New Horizons has classroom facilities in both Auckland and Wellington.
Carich had over 5000 students at its peak and employed over 250 staff.