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Important Statement for Concerned Learners of Ashley Commerce College (ACC), Ilford

Following today's BBC Investigation IQ has the following statement for those who have studied IQ qualifications at Ashley Commerce College

Update (24/03/15): Following the BBC broadcast, IQ has been working with the regulators Ofqual and the SIA to formulate a plan for identifying learners affected by the fraud. Ashley College will be cooperating in providing access to IQ investigators to learner records starting Wednesday 25th March. At the moment it is not possible to provide information to individual learners but the target is to get through the investigation as quickly as possible. Learners waiting for results are being prioritised. This will be followed by work to confirm that qualifications already awarded are valid. However, we do expect to find evidence that some learners have received their qualifications without having done their course or tests properly. These qualifications will be reviewed.

Original Story: This morning (Monday 23rd March) the BBC broadcast news of “security guard fraud exposed by underground researchers” alleged to have taken place at Ashley Commerce College, Ilford. Their report mentions security guard and ‘body guard’ qualifications, and it is believed that door supervision qualifications are also implicated.

We know that this will leave many learners who attended ACC worried about the authenticity of their qualifications and IQ is working hard to find out how many learners may be affected. So far the BBC have not shared their evidence with IQ so we are not in a position yet to say how individual learners will be affected.

The purpose of this statement is to outline the actions we will take, as the facts become clear, and to assure learners that IQ is doing all it can to move quickly. The following points should provide some clarity, and we will update this statement as and when the BBC provides us with all its evidence.

  1. Ashley Commerce College is the only IQ centre that we know of affected
  2. Currently, all learners who gained SIA-approved security qualifications from Ashley Commerce College are potentially affected
  3. Where we cannot guarantee that a qualification has not been affected by fraud, we are required to remove the qualification immediately and notify the Security Industry Authority (SIA)
  4. Where there is no evidence of fraud by centre or learner, either from the BBC or from our own investigations, we will notify learners and the SIA immediately, and those learners will be removed from the list of potentially affected learners
  5. Learners who are found to be affected will be given the opportunity to take or re-take the relevant test(s), details to follow shortly
  6. The exam board regulator Ofqual is being kept informed of all developments
  7. IQ will be informing the Metropolitan Police
  8. Any learners who have been the victim of fraud should also contact the police

IQ will add updates to this notice as and when we have something new to say – please keep checking back if you believe you may be affected.

IQ have a dedicated page devoted to the investigation which we are keeping updated as news develops. You can access it here.


Mar 24, 2015 04:27 PM
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