Yorkshire provider loses £500k funding over audit ‘concerns’

A West Yorkshire training provider is to have its £500,000 Skills Funding Agency contract terminated after an audit raised concern about learner records and financial dealings.

The agency confirmed to FE Week that its agreement with iCOCO Training, based in Cleckheaton, would end in early December.

However, an agency spokesperson said it was “not conducting any investigation into any matters relating to iCOCO Training”.

She said: “The decision was made following concerns about the quality of learners’ records and financial claims submitted to the agency by iCOCO that came to light during a recent audit.

“The provider was formally notified on September 10 and accordingly the contract will terminate on December 9.”

The provider offers training courses for hairdressing, customer services, business administration, child care and beauty therapy.

The agency said either party could terminate the contract with three months’ notice, without the need to give a reason.

“All learners have now been transferred to either Kirklees College or Calderdale College in order to complete their learning,” said its spokesperson.

Allisonne Reilly, managing director of iCOCO, declined to comment.