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Major NVQ training provider, Affinity Training Limited, has been put into administration after going bust.

 

Hundreds of international students, many recruited from the Philippines, will lose fees paid in advance for NVQ training in Health and Social Care.

 

NVQ official awarding body OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) confirmed today that Affinity Training Ltd had ceased trading and had been put into “administration”, a technical term which basically means the company can no longer pay its creditors and is now under the control of an administrator or insolvency practitioner.

 

A spokesperson for the Administrators, Leonard Curtis said:

 

“Affinity Training has ceased trading and the assets have been transferred to a third party, and students (creditors) have little or no chance of recovering any fees paid to Affinity.”

 

In other words, students who have paid advance fees to Affinity will not get their money back.

 

They confirmed that the “third party” was another college, but denied the new college was owned by Affinity’s former owner Mat Whittinham.

 

You can contact the Birmingham based Administrators on 0121 200 2111.

 

Immigration Matters has been trying to contact Affinity boss since Monday, but lines have been cut and the official website is down.

 

Having no luck on the phone, I decided to pay a visit to their offices in Stourbridge, the small town on the edge of Birmingham, about 100 miles from London. The West Midlands town looks prosperous with a High Street full of the usual small businesses: Insurance Broker, Solicitor, Accountant and a clutch of Estate Agents selling upmarket properties in leafy suburbs.

 

Affinity occupied two large floors in Copthall House, an impressive modern office building in the centre of Stourbridge.

 

I rang the bell still marked with the “Affinity” label, but not surprisingly received no response. I went round to the back of the building where I found John and his Wife, the Building Manager and Caretaker, emerging from the rear entrance into the large car park.

 

John informed me that the Affinity staff had removed the last of their furniture and papers on Friday, and had heard a rumour that they had moved to Brinley Place, an exclusive development in the centre of Birmingham.

 

John and his wife had cleaned the Affinity office for over two years and were surprised to see them leave so suddenly, especially as “business seemed to be booming”.

 

Affinity’s demise will have taken many more people by surprise, not least those unfortunate overseas candidates who had recently signed up and paid for NVQ courses in the Philippines.

 

Affinity works with Philippine based recruitment agency Kirsten, which has been heavily advertising in all the top national Sunday newspapers, such as the Manila Bulletin.

 

In the face of stiff competition for NVQ students, Kirsten had been aggressively marketing Affinity’s courses discounting the enrolment fee by 40%.

 

Kirsten, a POEA registered Agency, appears to trade as “Kirsten Student Development Inc”, described in their advertisement as an “Affiliate of Affinity Training Ltd”.

 

The website promoted, www.care-careers.co.uk, was also down today and the main telephone number given was out of service at the time I called.

 

What are your options if you are an international student currently enrolled on an NVQ course with Affinity Training?

 

  1. If you are in the UK on a student visa you must enrol in another college or you will be in breach of your visa conditions, which state that you should be in full time study. You will also need to inform the Home Office in writing of the change of educational establishment. Most colleges will assist you with this letter. To comply with your visa conditions the college must be on the Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills or DIUS (Formerly DfES) Register. You can search the register at: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/providersregister/search.cfm.

 

  1. If you are overseas and still waiting for your visa you should go back to the company which arranged your visa and seek a refund. Affinity recruited hundreds of NVQ students in the Philippines through Kirsten, who until recently were still signing up candidates.

 

  1. If you are overseas and have obtained a visa to study at Affinity, you should contact your adviser immediately or register with another college. Should you get stopped by Immigration Officers trying to enter the UK (to study at a college which no longer exists) you could be sent home.

 

Students have recently been approaching Immigration Matters complaining of a lack of contact from the training organisation which brought them into the UK. Many had not been given any training or support for over two months.

 

Employers have also been informed this week of the demise of Affinity in a letter from a new college offering to take over their NVQ training.

 

Special Affinity Student Surgery

 

Immigration Matters in conjunction with Majestic College are running Free Consultations daily for any international students affected by the collapse of Affinity.

 

Contact them directly on 0208 207 1020, info@majesticcollege.org or see http://www.majesticcollege.org/

 

Employers in need of on-going training for their staff can also arrange in-house training through Majestic.

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21 Responses to “Affinity Training Goes Bust Update on the bankrupt NVQ training provider”
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  1. Name of centre discussed above is J P Training.

    Please note all overseas students will need to speak to providers with DIUS

  2. Jane Lewis says :

    We are an NVQ Assessment centre providing Health & Social Care NVQ/QCF based in Wales. We are approved with City & Guilds (The awarding body)and provide level 2, 3 & 4 adult/childcare.
    We have been established since 2005 and function with small groups of students per year who all achieve.
    If I can assist in anyway please feel free to get in touch.
    Jane
    Assessment Centre manager?Social worker

    Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills

  3. problematic too says :

    hi, sir kelly. thanks for the post. at least now we knew what is going on, good thing you have posted that the training provider affiliated with them went bust, it is our right to know, right? we have spent thousands of dollars, and yet, they kept the truth from us.

  4. Yes, why not? Go and see them or report them to your own authorities e.g. POEA

  5. can i still get back my original documents i submitted to my agency because i signed up for commitment last feb but up to now i am not updated.

  6. naku!biktima ako ng kirsten ayw iblik ang pera ko..at marmi kmi.di sila marunong mgalaga ng client nila.ang laki ng siningil nila,nangako sila na 3months na makakaalis pero di ngyri!umbot kmi ng 2taon at di prin kmi nkkalis!.ayw pa ibgy ang pera..if ever dw3months pa minimum na yun na pghhnty.sbi ng ilng mga nkausap ko at sa loob mismo na tauhn ni maridee yung my ari ng kirsten na minsan umaabot ng taon bgo bgy ang pera…wag na kau pggya samin.at he2 pa my visa na ang ilan pero di parin nakakaalis

  7. jackie laguardia says :

    hi…please give me a sound advice about the latest updates of the student visa sponsored by NVQ system…two years ago i was planning to join Kirsten Student assistance but i had chosen to finish first my nursing education…and in April im planning to pursue it again…but i read this articles that Affinity Training was on bust…
    now i wanna know the latest score of Affinity and how sure i can go to UK to study and work there???
    pls help..thanks….

  8. Raem Merilles says :

    gud day! i would like to seek advice, i have my desires to go to UK by that NVQ system. Is it possible for me to avail that NVQ eventhough i haven’t finished any caregiving related course in the philippines? Or is it really a must to finish caregiver for me to avail NVQ. pls help me i’m a bit confused.

  9. In the story last ‘Affinity Training Goes Bust Update on the bankrupt NVQ training provider‘ it was the training provider in the UK which went bust, not Kirsten who were the agent.

  10. good day! I have a question. I have a friend who is planning to join the kirsten student development. are they still on bust?

  11. Sir, Madam,
    I am one of the victim of Precison Training. Ive been calling them and all the communication I had with them to ask for a full refund of my money. But seems like they dont bother. I now enrolled in Wave Training, I saw this school in the UKBA listings but I found out that their Agency in the Philippines is Kirstein Development which I knew it not registered in POEA for any student assistance.I am wooried about my situation now and very stressful to me of what happen to me.Anyway Wave Training assesor will come and see me soon. I do not know what will happen next to me…

  12. Hi! I have a question, is UKQCS Ltd. and WAVE Training still exist? Because Kirsten is also affliated with them? i will appreciate your immediate response. Thank you.

  13. It is not illegal to recruit students. Immigration Matters reports the facts. You must look around the market, do your own research and then decide which agency you choose to use.

  14. would like to ask if kirsten activity of recruiting students to uk is illegal? if i aks for advice, you’ll advice me not to apply in kirsten student dev’t?

  15. […] July 2008 Immigration Matters revealed that NVQ training provider, Affinity Training Limited, had been put into administration after going bust, leaving hundreds of students stranded and out […]

  16. It does take a few months to get a student visa for an NVQ course in Manila.
    You can always check with the VFS office if you are worried.

    See – http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/immigration-minister-promises-swift-action-on-bogus-colleges.html and

    NVQ student visa situation improves since British Ambassador apology – http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/nvq-student-visa-situation-improves-since-british-ambassador-apology.html

  17. bianche says :

    now im worried with my best friend because she applied a couple of months ago but still no development, kirsten said that her papers was already submitted to the embassy..is she really waiting for something?

  18. Tokneng says :

    I am surfing the web when I come across a site offering NVQ training called WAVE TRAINING, I got the feeling that affinity and wave training is somewhat related to each I might be wrong it just caught my attention.

  19. nordielove says :

    so its true that kirsten is no longer aproved there in uk. im wooried coz they said they are not agency thats why they are not registered at poea.

    they have lots of promises

    please send me more details in my email

  20. nordielove says :

    im planing to apply at kirsten development inc her in phils and im wooried coz theyve saiid one your visa is denied iits not refundable

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