AGB Training, a private RTO providing Training courses to both International and Local students since 2006, today announced that it Transport and Logistics Licensing Centre in Belmont will close at the end of August 2018.
CEO Robert Dejanovic said “although it is a sad occasion to close down this site that has been a part of me logistically for a long time and my baby, our focus is growing community services both domestically and internationally. The staff affected by the closure will be assisted to transition to other VicRoads providers and other internal positions where possible. It is not a reflection on staff or site performance but more about specialising in the community services and becoming a vocational leader in this field. I am excited about what we will be able to offer in the near future along with the other programs we will continue to develop.”
AGB Training will continue to deliver courses in Community Services, Business, Civil Construction Design, Logistics and Warehousing to both International and Local students, with over 2000 local students currently engaged in training throughout Victoria and 80 international students engaged in training in Geelong and Melbourne.
AGB Training will be refocusing resources previously allocated to Licensing to further develop other areas of the Business including, International student recruitment, further development of new and existing course areas including online delivery, Traineeship and workplace training opportunities and creating stronger ties with community and industry.
Creating stronger ties within the community and industry; provides greater opportunity for AGB Training students to gain practical placement enhancing learning and skill development throughout their chosen course, ensures that AGB Training can continually improve and adjust the content and delivery of courses following industry recommendations, and provider further employment opportunities for graduating students.
Increasing International student recruitment efforts assists both state and federal government strategy to increase the international education sector and position Victoria as a global leader in quality and innovation in education services and grow international education in regional Victoria. (Victorian Government, 2016)
International student growth in the region will help to grow visitation to the area impacting the tourism industry, economic and job growth.
AGB Training has investigated a range of options for the business including; investment in infrastructure and equipment, none of these options has proven to be economically viable and as a result the decision to close the licensing department and refocus resources to other departments.
AGB Training is committed to fully supporting employees as it prepares for the transition, currently the Licensing department employs 5 people, posts closure these employees will be offered alternative positions within the organisation.