posted on Jun, 25 2012 @ 08:48 PM
I was told by a provider that I could take a course that would otherwise set me back around £8K. About a year at Oxbridge incidentally. I checked and
it was being offered for ~£300 elsewhere, when not paid by Govt. It was 5 days long but turned into 4 because the trainer had to get back to Surrey
(~3hrs drive). Of the 12ish people on the course only two 'passed', myself included.
Even taking the test was an achievement. By week's end, an online test was due but it transpired we couldn't or weren't allowed to use the provider's
IT suite for the test! Security concerns supposedly. They had many computers, subsidised I expect, by Govt. I, (yes me!) had to bicycle around 4
disparate areas of town helping people to set-up computers due to incompetence on the trainer's part. The people I helped were very grateful and I had
some nice cups of tea each time. No guidance had been offered on setting up the test on our own computers.
We'd all assumed that any online testing would be completed within the provider's facilities. Not an unreasonable assumption. I only managed to set
it up for my own test through trial and error. When I'd completed the test, the provider phoned me (she was automatically notified that I'd finished)
to ask if I could help the others as her company had been unable to assist via their helpline. One of the guys I helped was the other person that
passed. He informed me via email so I was glad I'd at least helped someone. The course was taken at a stupid pace. What they'd crammed into 4 days
had previously been tutored over many weeks, so the trainer informed us. So it wasn't surprising that most failed.
They still got paid for every one of us. The trainer offered me no money for the day's work I carried out. I saw her leave the day before in a high
powered flashy sports car. I know it was her because I helped her back to the car with luggage. She was keen to beat the traffic and get back to
Surrey. She didn't tip
Also, the only reason I was on this particular course was because I'd sat through 3 days of minding numbing job training in order to qualify for the
course I wanted. Three days of former mobile phone salesmen (no offence!) revealing to us that sitting up straight in interviews, and using 'buzz'
words on CVs is all good job seeking practice. You don't say?!
It was only after I'd sat through the initial 3 days of nonsense that they informed me they would not provide the training we'd previously agreed on,
and which was much more relevant to me. Instead they offered me the 4-5 day course I described above. This is, of course, because they received
money for the 3-day jobseeking 'course' and probably guessed that I would leave if they were honest about not providing the training I had wanted.
The course I wanted was 1 day and would've cost about £100. But they couldn't provide it in-house. The course they offered was (apart from the
trainer they hired) run in their offices. I'm guessing the margins were better for them. I paid for the course I wanted afterwards myself - even
though JC+ had sent me to this trainer who had agreed to provide it but failed.
edit on 25-6-2012 by jannerfish because: clarity