ON APPEAL FROM THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
(QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION)
(HIS HONOUR JUDGE KAYE QC)
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
LADY JUSTICE HALLETT
SIR STEPHEN SEDLEY
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Sir Stephen Sedley:
"Good morning David.
I am responding to you with regards to the VRQ/NVQ qualifications.
The Council has a list of preferred trading providers who we are working in partnership with to deliver the VRQ/NVQ qualifications. The list of training providers has been established through recommendations from the Learning Skills Council, Train to Gain brokerage service. It is essential that we work with a small number of training providers so that we can monitor the provision of the training and the curriculum set by the Leeds Licensing and Regulatory Panel. Trading providers on the list have signed a contract to say they will deliver in this way and as such certificates will only be accepted from those training providers.
It is very important that drivers understand that stepping out of the list that any certificate will not be approved and drivers will have to undertake the training again at their own cost with any of the training providers on our list. The list of training providers on our list can be found on the Taxi and Private Hire webpage and on the back page of the Winter Newsletter that will be posted out early next week.
I understand that some less reputable companies are offering cash back offers or other free forms of training to the drivers, this is wholly unacceptable and we would welcome any reports of this behaviour so that we can report them directly to the Learning and Skills Council.
Service Development Officer
Taxi & Private Hire Licensing
Leeds City Council."
Lady Justice Hallett:
Lord Justice Thorpe:
Order: Application allowed