Skills Centre 328 Wembley High Road
A watchful Wembley Central resident got in touch with Wembley Matters earlier today saying:
The Skills Centre (housed in what used to be adoption/fostering service on the HIgh Road opposite Elizabeth House) is no longer in operation. There is a sign on the front door to the effect that no education studies are to be conducted in the near future. This has been operating for about 3 years, mostly 16-18 year olds, mostly children from recently settled families (very nice young people from Iraq, Afghanistan, India ) wishing to take GCSE's again or trying to achieve a passing grade, or access to BTEC in English and Maths.
Someone mentioned to me that they believe their funding has been withdrawn or they lost it?
She is not wrong. The parent company Skills Training UK has gone into liquidation.
According to FE Weekly LINK staff were old a week ago that they would only be paid for 7 days work in August.
The article was written before the appointment of a liquidator and FE Weekly reported:
While they wait for the appointment of a liquidator, employees can’t make a claim for unpaid wages, notice pay or redundancy pay. Meanwhile, staff are also worried learners could miss out on getting their qualifications this August as they’re not at work to liaise with awarding organisations.
Stunned staff, some in tears, told FE Week they had been “left drowning” and out of the loop at a time when living costs are spiralling and after they have worked at the provider for years.
“We’re just broken, some of us have children and mortgages, it’s completely crazy. Management went completely quiet on us.”
More than 200 staff members will be made redundant if the provider does go under. In an update issued on its website, Skills Training UK said it expects to appoint liquidators on August 2, and that all delivery to all learners has stopped.
Importantly the students, some vulnerable, have been left in the lurch with the report continuing:
There are also concerns that learners will not receive the qualifications they were studying for, as staff have been locked out of their computers and systems and are not able to communicate with the learners or awarding organisations such as Pearson. As emails were shut down, staff could not tell learners that the provider is about to shut its doors.
“They’ve abandoned them,” one staff member said. “Some of the learners that I started working with a year ago have behavioural issues, and now they are going to get nothing after a year’s work. And there’s no one to be held accountable.”
For the benefit of local businesses who may be owed money, staff and students, this is infromation from the liquidators LINK :
Appoinment of LiquidatorsMatthew Roe and Richard Hawes were appointed join liquidators over the Company on 2 August 2023, accordingly the Company is no longer trading. If you have any queries, please contact STUKCreditors@teneo.com
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