11 jobs lost at training firm

3/12/13- Lacuna Place, Hastings.  New Career Skills offices are inside.
3/12/13- Lacuna Place, Hastings. New Career Skills offices are inside.

A COMPANY which provided plumbing and electrical courses for people wanting to change careers has been placed into administration with the loss of 11 jobs.

New Career Skills Ltd based in Lacuna Place, Havelock Road closed down last Friday with all staff made redundant.

The closure comes just days after 11 jobs were lost at Grub On The Go based at Hastings train station.

New Career Skills provides training through a combination of home study and practical training carried out at three centres in Doncaster, Southampton and Watford.

The Southampton training centre has been closed with immediate effect and 54 of the 83 members of staff employed across the company have been made redundant.

Allan Graham and Jane Moriarty from KPMG’s restructuring practice were appointed joint administrators.

The company is currently engaged with more than 1,500 students.

Training will continue to be provided to all students, including those based at Southampton who will receive training through alternative means.

Mr Graham, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said: “In recent months, the company has suffered from a substantial deterioration in its finances, which prompted the directors to appoint administrators.

“While we assess the options for the business, it is our intention to continue to provide training to those students who are already engaged on learning programmes.”

In September 2011 while operating from an address at Watch Oak Business Centre in Chain Lane, Battle, the business was reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority for making unsubstantiated claims on its website about the number of plumbers leaving the industry.