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    • Nicolex
    • By Nicolex 15th Jun 17, 11:07 PM
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    Advice - training at work - wage deduction
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    • 15th Jun 17, 11:07 PM
    Advice - training at work - wage deduction 15th Jun 17 at 11:07 PM
    I started with my previous job in January and provided the company with my CV and certificates stating that I had a first aid qualification that i recieved only a few months prior.
    After a few months into my employment my manager told me she had booked me on a first aid course, I asked why as she knew I already had this qualification and she told me I had to redo it for the company. I was then given a letter to sign stating if I left within so long I would have to pay a percentage of the course. I told her I didn't want to sign it and joked that it wasn't because I planned to leave but just in case. She said I had to sign it in order to do the course and not to worry about it. So I did.. It's hard to explain but she made me feel like I had too and I didn't want to pee off my new boss.

    On the first aid course the trainer from the Red Cross asked why I was doing the course again after a short time. I explained my situation and told him I was practically forced to sign this letter. He told me that I shouldn't of been made to do the course again as it was valid for any employment he also said I could not be forced to pay as I already had a certificate.

    So, a couple of months later after 6 months of employment I've left. I've recieved my final payslip today and they have deducted 154.40 for training.

    So my question is, can i fight for this money back or have a doomed myself for signing a document?

    I now have two identical fist aid certificates and I'm 154 down

    Thanks guys
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    • sangie595
    • By sangie595 16th Jun 17, 6:35 AM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 6:35 AM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 6:35 AM
    I'm sure he's very good at First Aid. But he's not so good at employment law, so perhaps he shouldn't be advising people on it!

    The absolute bottom line is that you did sign a training agreement, and training agreements are generally enforceable. Already holding the qualification is not a valid reason to invalidate them. I think there is a possibility of arguing that, if you needed the qualification to do the job, this might be constructed to be routine work related training - but since they have the money already, then taking it to court would entail you deciding to take the risk that you are not simply throwing more money at it, since I could not be certain that you would win. It's kind of an obvious statement, but you don't sign things that you aren't willing to abide by, no matter what a manager says.
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