Students have found themselves out of pocket, and turning up to non-existent courses, after the Victoria Business School (VBS) ceased trading.
The school had offered a PR CAM Advanced certificate. But after only one lesson, which was allegedly given by a guest speaker who had never taught before, students returned to the school to find notices saying all courses were cancelled until 3 October 'due to staff absences and illness'. They have subsequently been informed that the VBS has ceased training.
The VBS was one of the schools accredited by the CAM Foundation. CAM corporate communications manager Claire Forbes told PR Week: 'A full investigation has been launched.'
The first priority, she said, had been ensuring students had another course to attend. To this end, London's Martran College has taken most of the students who should have been on the VBS course. It is not charging the students.'
Forbes said CAM's accreditation process focused on the way students are handled. 'We look at whether they have the best teachers, and appropriate facilities,' she said.
Students have been advised to contact the VBS via Chelmsford accountants Carlton Baker Clarke. CBC was unavailable for comment at the time PR Week went to press.