Following the announcement by one of the big five banks that they are exiting the specialist adult education and training market, APHC has discovered that a number of fast-track training providers are currently in administration or on the brink of financial failure.John Thompson, Technical Services Manager at APHC, is responsible for education and training policy. He commented:"The bubble appears to have burst for fast-track training providers.
It is a positive outcome from the recession that these businesses are now suffering and consequently reducing the output of inexperienced individuals and businesses that go on to compete with legitimate businesses in these tough economic times."The recession has hit a lot of APHC members extremely hard, particularly in traditional plumbing and heating markets where significant numbers of fast-track trained individuals have been competing on unfair terms with skilled and experienced APHC members and other legitimate companies."
Three fast-track training organisations well-known to the Association are currently either in administration or on the brink of financial failure. While we are delighted that these damaging operations are closing down, we fully sympathise with people who will lose their jobs and with those students who have handed over money and have been led to believe that the product they were buying would lead them to a fulfilling career in our industry.
"As the UK climbs out of recession, consumers who are considering enrolling on courses to train them in plumbing and heating should check the quality of the training provided and that it results in a full NVQ including work-based experience."