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  • Submitted: Tue, October 07, 2008
  • Updated: Sun, February 14, 2010

  • Reported By:. Other
Sterling LGV Training
Cornwallis House, Basildon, Essex Nationwide U.S.A.

Sterling LGV Training ,Autosearch , Qualitas Negligent Aggressive Incompetant Essex nationwide

*Consumer Comment: Re qualitas training

*Consumer Comment: Lets build a case and bring qualitas and all associated with these people to justice!

*General Comment: REFUND

*Author of original report: sterling qualitas autosearch lgv rip off

*Author of original report: sterling qualitas autosearch lgv rip off

*Author of original report: sterling qualitas autosearch lgv rip off

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Total rip off company, they are well known for it as well. I have just given up on a course and am taking them to court - they trade under 'sterling Training', which is not regestered on companies house. Qualitas is also not regestered. Autosearch (Essex) ltd is registered but does no direct trading.

I had an incompetant instructor who was aggressive and did not even know the highway code, everyone i spoke to in the company was impolite and rude.

I met the instructor Ian Connor outside thier parking space at currys in avonmouth (no training centre)..one of the first things he said was that sterling had overcharged me for the course. He fell asleep in the cab while he was supposed to be supervising my partner (we did the course together) and then became agressive the following day when I pointed out that one rule of driving he taught us was wrong (according to the DSA).

AVOID USING THIS COMPANY!

Chris, (or anyone else who wants to take them on) please contact me, maybe we can help each other with our court cases?

I am happy to give witness or comment for anyone taking them to court.

Heather
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United Kingdom


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#1 Consumer Comment

Re qualitas training

AUTHOR: Fazed - (United States of America)

Hi,
They are indeed now trading as flair training in Chelmsford and the owner is John Dawson who originally set up Qualitas training and has gained a reputation accross the internet for taking money before disbanding the company.
There is a long and convoluted path of people out of pocket but it ultimately traces back to a company called Amraf Training PLC which offered computer training courses. I could go into great detail about this but this investigative report by the Mirror Newspaper will give you an insight.





THESE men made obscene amounts of money shattering the dreams of people trying to better themselves.
Greedy John Dawson and Tony Jordan are now the wealthy ex-bosses of Amraf Training Plc.
Amraf offered computer training at 4,000 a time but went bust last month, leaving its students devastated and in many cases crippled by debts.





After we first wrote about Amraf, a message posted on the internet caught our eye. "Unless a major media organisation takes up our cause we are well and truly shafted," wrote someone calling himself simply Phil. "Watchdog would rather talk about unhappy holidaymakers and other little scams - anything but 4,000-plus students that have been shafted."
Well, Phil, we suspect you're shafted whatever we write, but we can at least expose this disaster.
We went along to the creditors' meeting in Victoria, Central London, where the directors faced the victims' wrath. Some had not even started their training when the company was put into administration on October 1.
"They took my money on September 26, well knowing that they would not be able to deliver anything," one irate student told the meeting.
Things became more hostile when it was revealed just how much money had been raked in by directors Dawson, 45, and Jordan, 37.
In 1999 they paid themselves more than 500,000 in salaries and dividends. Last year it was almost 1million - more than half Amraf's net profit.
From January to August this year, despite the steadily deteriorating trading position of the company, they still found almost 200,000 to split between them.
"You are taking wadges of cash from these people here who paid you in good faith," came a shout from the floor.
Dawson, who owned 95 per cent of Amraf's shares, pleaded innocence.
"There was never any intention, whether you believe it or not, for this to happen," he told the meeting. "Many other training companies have gone to the wall. I have a clear conscience." Then a question framed by Sorted shed more light on this fat cat. Under pressure, Dawson admitted serving 120 hours' community service for a fraud conviction. He'd forged an exam paper.
Amraf, based in Basildon, Essex, had been fattened up in the hope they could flog it for big bucks.
At its peak it had a dozen training centres around the country, but the sale collapsed.
When the administrator was called in, it was losing 400,000 a month. Students had paid a total of 2.3 million for courses they cannot now complete. They've been warned to expect a return of just 10p in the pound. As Phil put it, they're shafted.
No wonder Dawson and Jordan left the creditors' meeting flanked by two enormous minders.
We expect the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to ensure these men are quickly banned from running companies. And we mean quickly, because Dawson has turned his "talents" to a new operation.
Earlier this month, he became director of a company called Silvergate Training Ltd. Just thought you should know.


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#2 Consumer Comment

Lets build a case and bring qualitas and all associated with these people to justice!

AUTHOR: kaz - (United Kingdom)

Qualitas training tooke 1600 from me and promised that i would have cat1 cat2 driving licences's the fastest time possibble. I have put my last bit of money in order to get employed in some kind of driving job, and support my family.

I did my medical and theory as qualitas requested, and then sent them all relevent paper work again as they requested, in order to get booked on the practical driving course. It has now been, more than seven weeks and they have not been in touch, i Have tried to call qualitas but the phone never gets answered, i have emailed them numerous times, But with no success! I have emailed them that i would like a refund, if they can not provide the training, so i can go else where for my licences. I no now they trade under many different names, I would be greatfull if any people who have sadly been conned and ripped of by this company can give me any further information and  get in touch with me asap, so that we can build a case against these people, hopefully get money refunded, and stop qualitas doing the same thing to other people.

The only way is to get as many people together, that have been ripped of by qualitas, sterling etc. Bring down all people and companies associated with this scam.

I will be greatfull if any interested parties get in contact with me asap.

 

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#3 General Comment

REFUND

AUTHOR: Tommy - (United Kingdom)

Hi, I myself am being messed around by Qualitas Training, they have lied to me over where there training centre is, so i am asking for a refund, Qualitas training, and sterling training are one as you say but they have now started Flair training, who are Trading names for Autosearch (Essex) Ltd, these believe it or not are a News and Magazine company so wht is that all about, i am collecting everything i can about these people, before i take my next step, i have informed them but have not asked for a refund until tomorrow

Tommy
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sterling qualitas autosearch lgv rip off

AUTHOR: Heather - (United Kingdom)

Total rip off company in my opinion, they are well known for it as well. I have just given up on a course and am taking them to court - they trade under 'sterling Training', which is not regestered on companies house. Qualitas is also not regestered. Autosearch (Essex) ltd is registered but does no direct trading. I had an incompetant instructor who was aggressive and did not even know the highway code, everyone i spoke to in the company was impolite and rude. I met the instructor outside thier parking space at currys (no training centre)..one of the first things he said was that sterling had overcharged me for the course. He fell asleep in the cab while he was supposed to be supervising my partner (we did the course together) and then became agressive the following day when I pointed out that one rule of driving he taught us was wrong (according to the DSA). AVOID USING THIS COMPANY!
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sterling qualitas autosearch lgv rip off

AUTHOR: Heather - (United Kingdom)

Total rip off company in my opinion, they are well known for it as well. I have just given up on a course and am taking them to court - they trade under 'sterling Training', which is not regestered on companies house. Qualitas is also not regestered. Autosearch (Essex) ltd is registered but does no direct trading. I had an incompetant instructor who was aggressive and did not even know the highway code, everyone i spoke to in the company was impolite and rude. I met the instructor outside thier parking space at currys (no training centre)..one of the first things he said was that sterling had overcharged me for the course. He fell asleep in the cab while he was supposed to be supervising my partner (we did the course together) and then became agressive the following day when I pointed out that one rule of driving he taught us was wrong (according to the DSA). AVOID USING THIS COMPANY!
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AUTHOR: Heather - (United Kingdom)

Total rip off company in my opinion, they are well known for it as well. I have just given up on a course and am taking them to court - they trade under 'sterling Training', which is not regestered on companies house. Qualitas is also not regestered. Autosearch (Essex) ltd is registered but does no direct trading. I had an incompetant instructor who was aggressive and did not even know the highway code, everyone i spoke to in the company was impolite and rude. I met the instructor outside thier parking space at currys (no training centre)..one of the first things he said was that sterling had overcharged me for the course. He fell asleep in the cab while he was supposed to be supervising my partner (we did the course together) and then became agressive the following day when I pointed out that one rule of driving he taught us was wrong (according to the DSA). AVOID USING THIS COMPANY!
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AUTHOR: Heather - (United Kingdom)

Total rip off company in my opinion, they are well known for it as well. I have just given up on a course and am taking them to court - they trade under 'sterling Training', which is not regestered on companies house. Qualitas is also not regestered. Autosearch (Essex) ltd is registered but does no direct trading. I had an incompetant instructor who was aggressive and did not even know the highway code, everyone i spoke to in the company was impolite and rude. I met the instructor outside thier parking space at currys (no training centre)..one of the first things he said was that sterling had overcharged me for the course. He fell asleep in the cab while he was supposed to be supervising my partner (we did the course together) and then became agressive the following day when I pointed out that one rule of driving he taught us was wrong (according to the DSA). AVOID USING THIS COMPANY!
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