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Training company accused of fraud


Underhill Training Ltd, who provide a range of NVQ training programmes to TECs and colleges, are under investigation following allegations that some of the claims for payment which the company has submitted were fraudulent.

The company's clients include Thames Valley Enterprise, Focus, Bracknell and Wokingham College, and Uxbridge College, as well a several private companies.

Training providers are able to claim fees of up to £2,000 in respect of trainees who are awarded National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). Underhill acts as a sub-contractor for the supply of on-the-job training and verification for young people aged 18-25. It is suggested that some students records have been falsified, and that claims have been submitted for students who never completed their courses or achieved accreditation.

Several clients are currently mounting internal audit investigations and the Department of Education and Science has launched a full enquiry into the circumstances surrounding Underhill's activities.

Underhill has issued a statement saying "We are not aware of any significant issues of concern and continue to operate to resolve this matter." It is understood that they are cooperating fully with the various audits and enquiries.


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