Learndirect faces collapse after privatised firm’s failed bid to suppress damning report : Mirror.

The firm, which the Tories privatised in 2011, was given the lowest possible grade by Ofsted.

The damning report will lead to government contracts being withdrawn (Image: Birmingham Post and Mail)

The UK’s largest education provider faced collapse last night, after failing to suppress a damning report.

Learndirect currently has more than 73,000 people on training courses and apprenticeships and employs more than 1,600 people.

On Friday a high court judge rejected their bid to overturn an Ofsted report which is understood to have given them the lowest possible grades. Ofsted say they will publish the report on Thursday.

Apprentices, the report says, are not given enough “off the job training” and management of apprentices is “ineffective”, according to FE Week.

The company, which largely relies on government funding, has been plagued by financial difficulties and falling performance.

The firm was launched by Labour in 2000 to boost adult education – but later privatised by the Tories (Image: Birmingham Post and Mail)

And they have been accused of lining the pockets of managers and financiers since they were privatised by the Tories in 2011.

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  1. What a shame. I have been on a few Learndirect courses over the years, at my local library, and found them to be really good.

    Typical, as soon as the Tories get their hands on anything, they ruin it by privatising it, and syphoning public money into private hands.


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