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Skillstrain on Watchdog

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by michael78, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Anyone see the piece about Skillstrain on Watchdog. Very interesting about the company saying their training material is out of date for the examples shown on the program and that their claim they are endorsed by Cisco and Microsoft was complete rubbish.

    Some poor guy did an Office course and paid £1800 and found the material was for 2000 and not 2007 (or at least 2003). Microsoft said that the training material was very out of date. I think the government needs to start to clamping down on these type of so called training providers. There will be I'm sure some good training providers out there and it can't be easy to separate the good from the bad and it's a lot of money to waste.
     
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  2. nXPLOSi

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    Yeah I caught that, it was an interesting watch.

    I was glad to see a Microsoft representative say outright that they do not acredit Skillstrain... made my day lol.
     
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  3. Johnd76

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    I saw this also, just shows what companys like this can get away with!
     
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  4. zebulebu

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    LOL - I found the last bit of Skillstrain's retort to be amongst the best quotes I've ever heard from any company on Watchdog:
    "They're disappointed with the report, which they feel will damage their students' chances of getting work"

    So - basically - you're not allowed to complain about Training Providers now because, in so doing, YOU are responsible for them failing to get employment after they qualify?

    LOLOLOL - best laugh I've had in ages!
     
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  5. MrNerdy

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    The trouble with Skillstrain is they may offer the qualification in a certain subject & advertise that if you get the qualification through them then industry will pay you ££££. In the real world it's experience that counts!

    I've heard bad things about them before & yes these types of firms should be regulated as colleges are.
     
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  6. michael78

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    There does need to be tougher rules as there is nothing stopping me from opening a training center even if I'm not qualified to teach the subject as such. We are also talking about serious amounts of money that people are paying these so called training providers. I think the big cert providers have a duty to go after these types of companies and sue them or shut them down.
     
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  7. Miro

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    I've just watched that now. 2 years ago I kicked skilltrain salesman out of my house. I can not regret that for sure. However the bastard was good at selling the course. And that why people are getting in trouble. Skilltrain use psychological technics for selling and they are good at this. I tell as many people as I can who they realy are. I think you can do it too. Advice to all you friends about them. Some of my friends did not sign with skilltrain cause I told them the truth.
     
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  8. billyr

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    A few years back when I was leaving the military, I had a skillstrain "careers advisor" come to visit me.

    He was as slick as a whistle and in no time at all had me convinced that I'd soon have Bill Gates on the phone asking me to sort out his Active Directory structure for him.

    I signed up enthusiastically to a number of courses.

    An hour or two after he left, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach when I realised that what I'd actually done is just spend nearly 4 grand on what was in effect a distance learning course.:cry:

    To my amazement and eternal gratitude however he appeared back at my home later that night to tell me that he'd missold me the course. He explained that he had only being working for them a short time and was about to hand in his notice. He also spent quite a bit of time helping me formulate a proper structured study plan.
     
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  9. Bluerinse
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    Wow.. that is bordering on incredible :ohmy
     
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