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An IT training centre is offering Computer Weekly readers VAT-free pricing on all its courses starting in August.

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An IT training centre is offering Computer Weekly readers VAT-free pricing on all its courses starting in August.

The Training Camp, which will cover the cost of the VAT, is launching the initiative to protest about students being taxed to acquire new skills at a time when there is a shortage of skilled IT staff in the UK.

Robert Chapman, co-founder of the company, said the extra cost of VAT discourages individuals from signing up to courses and helps perpetuate the skills vacuum.

IT training measures in the recent budget merely paid lip service to the skills problem and created yet more bureaucracy, he said. He called on the government to follow the US example and scrap VAT on courses.

"If we are to catch up with our US counterparts, we need to address this issue now," he said.

Chapman pointed to a recent survey of 400 students at the centre, where 34% of respondents said they were awarded a pay rise immediately after completion of their course, where students received an average pay rise of 36%. Of the students who changed jobs after becoming certified, 57% received pay rises.

For details on courses and locations, tel: 08080-800 888, e-mail chapman@trainingcamp.co.uk, url www.trainingcamp.co.uk

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