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Welcome to our December 2017 Blogs

Here we aim to add further value to our services and in particular to provide you with:

  • Additional context to understand our wide range of training and certification
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  • News about particular training events and technical briefings

POST: QA Concerns: Company Risk, Product Quality, Finances and Attitude to Customers - Offshore ownership, reliance on status-quo

5 December 2017


General

QA - Some Explaining to do? - Misleading Star Ratings, Massive Loans, Offshore Account

Updated 06/12/2017

Summary of Article

We suggest that you read the entire article - all of the material is public domain its easy to review it for yourself:

  • QA prices up by 14.5% - well ahead of inflation

  • Yet selling same courses at 50% QA website price through Focus On Training*

  • Both sites have misleading Star Ratings counter to Competition and Markets Authority rules

  • QA's massive debt / loans - £93,736,270 in June 2016 as one example

  • Jersey based offshore account ownership

  • Profits from apprenticeships, some funded by Apprenticeship Levy, going offshore

  • Sub-standard none Fire Safety compliant training room in advertisement

  • Embarrassment for partners - QA are linked to the major tech companies and now several universities

  • Substantial refunds due? Private purchasers may have been mislead by Star Ratings

  • Business predicated on status quo - continued 'preferred supplier' role for NHS etc., irrespective of Brexit, currency, inflation...

  • Seriously consider the wisdom of large upfront payments for 'training passports' - they EXPECT THESE TO BE PARTIALLY UNUSED!

* 'Focus on Training', when used in this article, is the trading name of: Focus Project Management (Europe) Limited: Company 5702441, wholly owned by the QA 'group'. FOCUS ON TRAINING LIMITED Company 09561373 are an entirely separate entity with no association to QA.

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POST: QA's Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 BUT only represents 0.0117%* of Course Attendees! - Unethical business practice which GETS WORSE as you read / research!

4 December 2017


General

500,000 Training Days per Year - Less than 20 Reviews per Year - 78 Reviews from 2013 to 2016, None for 2017!

Updated 06/12/2017

Summary of Article

We suggest that you read the entire article and as all of the material is public domain its easy to review it for yourself:

  • QA and Focus On Training*1 review ratings are entirely unrepresentative and are hand-selected

  • Their advertised training room is sub-standard and not Fire Safety compliant

  • QA, owners of Focus On Training, use Focus to massively undercut their own pricing

*1 'Focus on Training', when used in this article, is the trading name of: Focus Project Management (Europe) Limited: Company 5702441, wholly owned by the QA 'group'. FOCUS ON TRAINING LIMITED Company 09561373 are an entirely separate entity with no association to QA.

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POST: 'Best Practice' Training in a 'Poor Practice' Training Rooms - Help QA* Fix Their Training Room!

1 December 2017


General

Try Our 'Fix the Training Room' Quiz - Public Domain Examples from QA's Online Advertising!

Updated 04/12/2017
Training Room Layout

Learner-centered environments are the responsibility of the trainer and should be considered during the planning of any training event and actioned in good time, well before commencement of the course.

Uncomfortable, poorly laid out rooms detract from the ideal of delivering focused, intuitive learning therefore reducing the value of the learner's investment.

Learners attend professional courses in order to benefit their organisations and also for their own career development. The provider should endeavour to meet their side of the arrangement with a safe, learner-friendly environment.


Background to this Example

The image has been appearing over the last year as part of QA's sponsored PPC campaign. Keywords / phrases that trigger it include prince2 training and agile training.

We finally had a good look at it and found numerous issues that point to poor practice and one issue that's particularly troubling.

The course appears to be a 'Best Practice' course such as PRINCE2 from the materials on the desks and the lack of IT in the room. The number of pages in the folders means that this is probably a three to five day training event.

At their current prices, with the 10 attendees shown on a five day PRINCE2 event, QA would have a revenue of £19,160 exclusive of VAT for the event which will return a substantial profit. With their upcoming New Year price-rise, this would be £21,410. It doesn't appear to have been spent on the classroom...

* QA and Focus On Training are within the same 'group', have the same directors and sell the same product albeit at widely varying prices.

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