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Accreditation to help stop hard-sell tactics

Bill Goodwin

The Institute of IT Training is cracking down on unscrupulous IT training companies that use hard-sell tactics to persuade people to sign up for expensive IT courses.

The institute has launched an accreditation programme for training providers that will assess both the quality of training and the tactics used to sell courses to the public.

The move follows complaints that some training providers have been targeting individuals with unrealistic promises of jobs in IT if they sign up to expensive courses.

"We get very few complaints about commercial providers, but we receive many complaints from the public about mis-selling and broken promises in this area. We are very concerned that the rate of these complaints is growing," said institute chief executive Colin Steed.

The Institute of IT Training has put together a steering group of training providers to develop the accreditation scheme.

"We will set up the scheme so that the buyer is protected against mis-selling in much the same way as the FSA has cleaned up the financial services industry," said Steed.

The institute is pressing the Learning and Skills Council to support the scheme by agreeing to issue career development loans only to accredited training providers.

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