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Terms and Conditions
1 These terms and conditions are entered into between you and Trade Skills4U Ltd, a company registered in the UK with registration number 05434893 and registered office at Mitre Court, Fleming Way, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 9JY (“Trade Skills4U”). By booking on to a course offered through Trade Skills4U, you accept these terms and conditions in their entirety. YOU SHOULD READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS IN FULL CAREFULLY, IN PARTICULAR (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) YOUR CANCELLATION RIGHTS UNDER TERMS 9 AND 10, TRADE SKILLS4U’S EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY AT TERMS 16, 17 AND 21, AND YOUR CONSENT TO THE PROCESSING OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA AT TERM 19.
2 Trade Skills4U reserves the right at its sole discretion to decline to accept any application for enrolment on any course. On certain courses, you may be required to undertake an interview or testing process (whether by telephone or otherwise) before enrolment. If your enrolment is accepted, but it subsequently transpires (at Trade Skills4U’s discretion) that the course is not appropriate for you, Trade Skills4U shall be entitled to cancel your enrolment at any time (subject to a refund of fees already paid by you, unless cancellation is because of your own misconduct or non-compliance with these Terms and Conditions or with any Trade Skills4U rules).
3 Whilst Trade Skills4U will take all reasonable steps to make courses as inclusive as possible, participation in any course requires that you are able to understand spoken English and write and read proficiently in English. Workshops and assessments will require a reasonable level of physical fitness and health. If you have any doubt about your fitness to participate or your health, you should discuss this with Trade Skills 4U before enrolment (and/or seek a professional opinion from a qualified medical expert). Trade Skills 4U will accept no liability for any adverse consequences arising from your participation in a course, by virtue of an insufficient level of fitness or any health condition.
4 Upon enrolment for any course, you agree to pay for the course in accordance with these terms. This is subject (if applicable) to any right of cancellation you may have by law to cancel the course and any contractual cancellation right agreed by Trade Skills4U (as set out at terms 9, 10 and 11 below).
5 Payment of Fees
5.1 All course fees are to be paid in full by you at least 21 days before the course starts, subject to the exceptions at term 6 below. Balance payments can be made by credit/debit card or BACS transfer, over the phone or in person.
5.2 Trade Skills4U may, in its entire discretion, accept payment in installments (whether weekly or otherwise), although reserves the right to demand payment in full of any outstanding balance due at any time.
5.3 If paying by weekly installments, payment can only be made by credit card/debit card at reception.
6 Exceptions to Standard Payment Terms
6.1 For some qualifications (for example which are longer than the norm) Trade Skills4U may at its discretion offer different payment terms to you. However once the booking has been made, the agreed course payment terms cannot be changed. You will be required to complete a written contract detailing payment tems.
6.2 The City & Guilds 2394, 2395 and 2396 courses must be paid in full by the final examination registration date in order for your examination paper to be prepared.
6.3 The final examination registration date is shown on the confirmation letter.
7 Non-payment of balances
Failure to pay course balances in full by the due date may, in Trade Skills4U’s sole discretion, result in you being unable to sit your course and exam. Failure to pay the course balance in full for C&G 2394, 2395 and 2396 qualifications will mean your final exam registration will not be completed and therefore you will not be able to attend the course and sit the exam.
8 Course Paperwork
8.1 The course confirmation letter, all course paperwork and the Trade Skills4U terms and conditions (regarding booking, cancelling and course date changes) will be confirmed and sent to you by email. Should you not have access to email, you should let us know and the course paperwork will be sent to you by post. The confirmation letter contains detailed information regarding the course qualifications, start dates, payment information, balance information if applicable and venue. Please read this carefully.
8.2 Copyright in all course materials is owned or licensed by Trade Skills4U. Copying, adaptation or other use without the written permission of Trade Skills4U is strictly prohibited.
9 Your Rights to Cancel – Phone /Internet Bookings Only
9.1 Booking a course via the internet or the telephone is deemed by law to be a booking by distance which will be subject to the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 (“the Regulations”). The Regulations do not apply to courses booked in person. The Regulations allow you 7 working days (starting after the day in which you entered the agreement) to cancel the contract (the “Cooling Off Period”), unless the course you have booked commences within that 7 day period or it is otherwise agreed that the services will commence within that 7 day period (including but not limited to pursuant to 9.2 below).
Booking a course that commences within the 7 day Cooling Off Period means that the Regulations will not apply and you will therefore be giving up your right to cancel. Money paid will therefore not be subject to a refund upon cancellation.
9.2 Cancelling a Course inside the Cooling Off Period
You acknowledge and consent to the fact that it will sometimes be necessary to register for courses booked by you, within the 7 day Cooling Off Period, in order to ensure that your place is secured on the course. In these circumstances, you consent to the commencement of our services (being the arrangement and booking of the course for you) within the Cooling Off Period, pursuant to Regulation 13(1)(a) of the Regulations.
In these circumstances, should you decide to cancel the booked course within the 7 day Cooling Off Period you will be charged a fee to cover the costs related to that booking which have already been incurred. The usual registration fees (subject to change) are as follows:
Single Courses £50.00 inc vat.
Package courses and C & G 2365/2357 £150 inc vat.
We are able to accept an initial email notifying us of cancellation but this must then be confirmed by letter.
9.3 Trade and Commercial bookings (i.e. bookings made by businesses rather than individual consumers) will be deemed to amount to a business to business transaction in respect of which the Regulations will not apply to. You will therefore be liable to pay the full course fee if you cancel before the date of the course (subject to Trade Skills4U’s sole discretion over whether it chooses to offer any refund).
10 Course Cancellations outside the Cooling off Period
10.1 Should you wish to cancel a course that you have booked, outside of the Cooling-Off Period allowed under the Regulations, written notice of cancellation is required (this includes letter or fax), to the registered office address of Trade Skills4U. We are able to accept an initial email putting us on notice but this must then be confirmed by letter, received by Trade Skills4U within the 21 day period allowed under 10.2 below, if any refund is to become due. Failure to send the written cancellation (confirmed by letter if necessary) before the balance due has been paid will result in the balance becoming due in full.
10.2 Should you wish to Cancel a course that you have booked and having agreed to pay via installments (the standard terms of 21 day period not being applicable ) - should you wish to cancel more than 14 days before the course starts you will be charged the next installment due on your confirmation document. Should you wish to cancel 14 days or less the full balance will become due. Once you have started should you wish to cancel or not attend any part of the qualification booked you will be liable for full payment and no refunds will be issued.
10.3 Exceptions: Pre-registered Qualifications.
10.4 Should you book a course that commences within 21 days of the booking date, or if written notice is not received by Trade Skills4U at least 21 days before the course starts you will be liable for the full amount and will not be entitled to a refund or be able to move the course to another date.
10.5 Fees excluding deposits are refundable if written cancellation is received by Trade Skills4U more than 21 days prior to your course start date, otherwise the full fee becomes payable. This is subject to the exceptions at term 10.4 below.
10.6 Exceptions: Pre-registered Qualifications:
In respect of Pre-registered Qualifications, pre-registration has to be carried out in advance to prepare and order the Examination Papers from City & Guilds. Once this has taken place should you not attend or wish to cancel, you will not be refunded the course balance as per the other qualifications.
Pre-registered Qualifications include the following courses:
City & Guilds 2394
City & Guilds 2395
City & Guilds 2396
10.7 On the courses shown above, written cancellation must be received by Trade Skills4U before your final examination registration date takes place. Provided the written cancellation has been received, if you have paid in full you will be entitled to the balance being refunded but the deposit remains non refundable. You will then be withdrawn from the qualification register.
10.8 If you have paid a deposit only, it will remain non refundable. You will be withdrawn from the qualification register and the course balance will not be called for.
10.9 Should you wish to cancel after the final examination registration has taken place you will not be entitled to any refund due to the order already being processed.
10.10 Please see the first page of your confirmation letter for the date on which you will be pre-registered for your course.
All course deposits are non-refundable except where the 7 day Cooling Off Period applies. Booking registration fees will apply.
Please ensure that when attending you complete the course, as once the course has started, it cannot be completed at a later date. You will not be entitled to any refund for any absence.
11.1 Extreme weather conditions - In the event of extreme weather conditions, Tradeskills4u will ensure we are able to provide a full service by using a number of contingencies. We expect all students to plan ahead to ensure they are able to attend.
If a student is no able to attend due to extreme weather conditions, like heavy snow, flooding or wInd, Tradeskills4u is not liable to give a course refund for part of full duration of the course or under any obligation to offer an alternative course date.
12 Non- Attendance Due to Exceptional Circumstances
If you are unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances, a new date may be offered at the discretion of Trade Skills4U subject to the date your course commences. You may be asked for supporting documents to prove the exceptional circumstances alleged. A new date will not be offered, whatever the circumstances, for courses 2394/2395/2396, for the reasons sent out at term 14 below. Whether or not circumstances shall be deemed “exceptional” shall be at the sole discretion of Trade Skills4U.
13 Course Changes
Should you wish to make any date changes to any of the package modules, you will be charged an administration fee of £50. All course change requests must be made with a signed letter. Course moves will be made at the discretion of Trade Skills4U and can only be made once.
Course moves can only be made if there are more than 21 days before your course starts. Less than 21 days notice before the course commences it will be too late make course changes due to the to the City & Guilds enrolment, registration Fees, exam scheduling procedures, class and tutor allocation which would have taken place.
Trade Skills4U will not move your course if it is one of the exceptions listed at term 14 below or if your course starts 21 days or less from the date your letter is received.
14 Exceptions to Course Changes
The following courses, once booked, cannot be moved (whatever the reason), due to the City Guilds enrolment and scheduling procedures which take place a number of weeks prior to the examination date (as once the final registration and exam scheduling has taken place you will not be able to be move from the course and examination list).
City & Guilds 2394
City & Guilds 2395
City & Guilds 2396
15 General Booking Note
Trade Skills4U reserves the right to alter booking arrangements if necessary and has the right to refuse any booking application, at its sole discretion. The course qualification route booked is the correct route at the time of booking. Qualification routes are subject to change. Should any changes be made by the Awarding bodies to qualifications, Trade Skills4U will endeavor to change your qualification route, however will not be liable to you in any way as a result of such changes. Duration and cost may be affected, which you accept. All training must be completed within 1 year from the date of booking.
Trade Skills4U cannot be held responsible for accommodation. Any information provided is to assist in your search for accommodation. You are responsible for your own booking and payment.
16 Disclaimer Regarding Advice Given – Please Read Carefully
16.1 All advice given regarding career paths, abilities to join registration bodies, qualification advice or other career opportunities is correct at the point of enquiry. This may be subject to change and is beyond the control of Trade Skills4U. Trade Skills4U cannot be held responsible for changes to other organisations’ joining requirements or qualification pre requisites. No refunds will be issued in the event of changes mentioned above.
16.2 Any opinions expressed by the course tutor represent his/her own views and not necessarily those of Trade Skills4U and Trade Skills4U shall have no responsibility for them.
17 Warranty and Exclusion of liability – Please Read Carefully
17.1 SUBJECT THERETO, TRADE SKILLS4U SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OR EXPENSE, HOWEVER OCCURRING OR INCURRED, WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, RESULTING FROM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE COURSE.
17.2 TRADE SKILLS4U’S LIABILITY IN ANY EVENT, EXCEPT FOR DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY RESULTING FROM ITS NEGLIGENCE, OR FOR ITS OWN FRAUD (OR THAT OF ITS EMPLOYEES) SHALL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE FEES PAID BY YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE COURSE.
18 Compliance with Trade Skills4U Rules
18.1 You agree to observe the rules of Trade Skills4U as notified to you in writing or by any other means from time to time.
18.2 We may cancel your enrolment without reimbursement of fees if you commit a serious or repeated breach of the enrolment terms or Trade Skills4U’s rules or are guilty of gross misconduct (at Trade Skills4U’s discretion).
19 Data Protection – Please Read Carefully
Any telephone calls may be recorded by Trade Skills4U for administrative or training purposes (which you consent to). Unless otherwise stipulated in your enrolment form, Trade Skills4U may use your personal data for administrative purposes and may keep this information for a reasonable period and by booking a course you give your consent to Trade Skills4U doing so. Trade Skills4U may contact you by email, postal mail, or telephone to let you know about any courses or promotions which might be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive such emails, postal mails, SMS or telephone communications, please email us at info@tradeskills4U.co.uk to state that you wish to opt-out from such communications.
20 Third Party Bookings
If you have booked the course for another person (“the Student”), these terms and conditions shall be binding on you and the Student and you warrant and undertake that you have the appropriate legal authority to sign on their behalf and to consent to the processing of their personal data and to receive any fair collection notices on their behalf. References herein to “you” shall also mean or include the Student, where appropriate. It shall be your responsibility to ensure that these terms and conditions are brought to the notice of the Student and that the Student complies in full with them and you shall be liable for any failure by the Student to do so. You shall indemnify Trade Skills4U in full against any loss, damage or liability resulting from your failure to comply in full with this term 20.
21 No Guarantee of Success – Please Read Carefully
Completion of the course does not guarantee your competence to perform work or your ability to gain employment in the relevant field and Trade Skills4U makes no representation, warranty or guarantee as to such competence or ability. In undertaking any work, you must take care to ensure that the work is within your competence and you must seek further instruction or supervision, if necessary. Any statement made to you by Trade Skills4U or its staff regarding the likelihood of obtaining employment and/or your potential earnings shall be treated as a matter of opinion and not representation and shall be non-binding.
22 Assessments and examinations are governed by the accrediting body and Trade Skills 4U accepts no liability for them. The cost of any re-sits shall be borne by you. Exams are supplied to Trade Skills 4U by the accrediting body. Trade Skills 4U will not be liable for any costs or compensation sought by candidates if for any reason the accrediting body is unable to supply the exam in digital or paper format on the expected date.
23 You must complete all payments and successfully complete your course prior to issue of your certification.
24 Any complaint about the course should be notified to the Centre Manager at the address contained in the enrolment form.
25 Any notice to be given by either party to the other may be properly given by posting it to the address of the other party shown on the enrolment form or to such other address as the other party shall have notified in writing as its address for service of notices.
26 If for any reason any of these terms or part of any one of these terms is found by a court of law to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, then that term or part of that term shall be amended to the minimum extent necessary to make it legal, valid and enforceable and the remaining terms and (if applicable) part of term shall remain in full force notwithstanding the amendment made.
27 These terms and conditions shall be subject to English law and any disputes hereunder, if not capable of resolution between the parties, shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
T&C's Updated 15:00PM 18/02/2013