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Training provider probed over missing NVQs certificates

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An exam board is investigating a Greater Manchester training provider over claims students who have completed NVQs have not received certificates.

More than 100 students said they had not had certificates from Leadership Development Centre (LDC).

Hideaway Youth Project in Moss Side said it was "chasing and chasing" about 90 missing certificates.

LDC boss Molly Prince denied the claims and said it may be they changed address or failed to complete the course.

'Lost track'

Hideaway manager Ahmed Yonis said: ''We put about 100 young people on courses with [LDC], I'd say 90% haven't had their certificate.

"We're fighting for them because we're talking about disadvantaged young people - that certificate could make all the difference between them working and not.''

Benchill Community Centre in Wythenshaw claimed LDC used to run a learning cafe there and since it closed it had had to to deal with "scores" of students unable to get their certificates.

Students at Oasis Academy at MediaCityUK are claiming to be without certificates for government-funded NVQs.

In a statement, exam board Pearson Edexcel said it could not comment on any individual circumstances while conducting an investigation.

However, it said allegations of malpractice were taken "extremely seriously" and it would "always take appropriate action" if proven.

An LDC worker, based in Hindley, Wigan, who did not want to be named, said she had passed names on to Ms Prince.

She said: "I think that she can't send out the certificates because she's lost track of who actually completed a course and who dropped out but stayed on the register.''

Ms Prince denied the allegations and said she had "many success stories" and "helped thousands of people into work".

LDC is on the Skills Funding Agency's register of training organisations which is currently under review.

The new register will be published in February.

Ms Price was also boss at Close Protection UK which was criticised by ministers for leaving unemployed Diamond Jubilee volunteers homeless.

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