[Gllug] Graduates paying for IT training before employment

Steve Nelson sanelson at gmail.com
Wed Jun 1 12:33:16 UTC 2005

On 6/1/05, Alain Williams <addw at phcomp.co.uk> wrote:
> On Tue, May 31, 2005 at 09:00:30PM -0000, Andrew McGregor wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I realise this thread is the best part of two years old - but does anyone
> > remember the outcome?  I am meeting with ICS tomorrow.
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Andy
> >
> >
> > http://lists.gllug.org.uk/pipermail/gllug/2003-August/038041.html
> Something else that I remember a few years ago were companies that put employees
> through training courses as part of their employment, but then demanded that
> the employee repay the cost of any training if they left within 3 years.
> This meant that to leave the company someone had to pay several thousands for
> courses - some of which they never wanted to go on in the first place.
> Does this sort of thing still happen ?

Dunno.  We do a lot of training.  Until recently this was all paid for
up-front by the company.  The accountants have spotted this, and now
require employees to pay for their training and then expense it.  The
idea, presumably, being that people will either not bother at all, or
forget to claim.  I think its also designed to ensure a higher 'pass'
rate - if the employee has to pay for the exam themselves, they'd
better be sure they'll pass first time.

I'm not especially happy about it.... some things (eg Oracle exams)
are -very- expensive.

> Alain Williams

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