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Cheltenham man left in limbo after being unable to finish training course

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

IN TRAINING:  Oliver Allchurch wants to be a plumber

IN TRAINING: Oliver Allchurch wants to be a plumber

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IMAGINE paying more than £5,000 for a training course, then being told you cannot complete it?

That is the situation landscaper Oliver Allchurch, from Charlton Kings, finds himself in.

The 35-year-old had been looking to train as a plumber so he could have another avenue of income.

He paid £5,500 to sign up with Trade Qualified Limited (TQ), a Hampshire company specialising in plumbing and electrical courses.

Oliver said the courses, which were run by Apprenticeship Training Limited (ATL) in Hartlebury, stopped in November last year.

Engineering Real Results (ERR) then offered to take over the courses, but no contract was signed with TQ to take on the students previously with ATL.

Oliver cannot gain his qualifications despite having nearly completed the course.

He said: "I can't believe what has happened.

"No one has bothered to tell us what the situation was. I wanted to open up my options, and I have been going for my classes since November 2011.

"I have sat for all my exams, I have done the classes, and had travel to Hartlebury for them. When I tried to call TQ, they told me ATL was no longer providing the classes.

"There has been no contact with them, and all the numbers they have given to me have been constantly engaged.

"It is like they have disappeared. I've paid out the entire £5,500.

"I have been trying to get in with local plumbers and no one is interested because I haven't finished my course.

"I can't reach TQ at the moment. The line is always engaged."

Phil Prosser, managing director of ERR, said he had offered to take over the students from ATL who were still under TQ.

He said negotiations started with TQ, but were not concluded.

Mr Prosser said: "We have been contacted by a few of the students about the course, but we have never taken on any of them.

"We were in talks with TQ, but we had not accepted any of their students.

"The partnership dissolved, and we were asked to service the students, but we never took on any of them.

"We want to help the students, but we can't get through to TQ at all."

ERR are offering students the opportunity to take up their own courses at cost price because of what happened.

TQ could not be contacted for comment.

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  • JulieJus  |  January 30 2013, 1:07AM

    Anybody else that is effected by the same scam, you can join a Facebook page called bringtradequalified2justice It has lots of us on there. It would be good to hear from Oliver Allchurch too!

  • Jewbacca  |  January 24 2013, 10:20AM

    Good sleuthing, Walker100. Why TiG can't do basic checks however I don't know. Do they expect a fully researched story to fall into their laps these days?!

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  • raidermanuk  |  January 24 2013, 10:13AM

    Walker100 "I'm sure I can leave the rest to TiG, even they can Google "Vinay Kanani"." Don't hold your breath!

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  • Walker100  |  January 24 2013, 9:00AM

    All the previous directors appear to have left the board in November but the company still appears to be trading. R J Davis, P M Davis, B E Mussell & F E Mussell resigned and the only current director, Mr V Kanani joined. The only share holder is Green Deal Advisors Ltd. Vinay Kanani is shown as being registered at Berkeley Square and Wembley. Green Deal Advisors is shown as a "Holding Company" and has only two registered officer posts, director and company secretary, both being held by Mr Vinay Kanani, and is registered at 3 North Meadow, Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1BP. I'm sure I can leave the rest to TiG, even they can Google "Vinay Kanani".

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