Teenage apprentice owed hundreds of pounds after company goes into administration
A TEENAGE apprentice says he has been left "high and dry" after a social enterprise company entered into administration.
In June last year Ryan King, 17, signed up for a nine-month customer services NVQ through the Walwyn Trust, which provided employment and training for 16 to 24-year-olds.
Ryan, of Homer Park, Saltash, worked at the Barnados shop in Plymouth's Armada Centre until December, when he discovered he was no longer being paid.
He said: "It was all going fine, I was doing all the work and then about eight weeks before Christmas I started getting paid by different companies each week.
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"On the Friday before Christmas I was not paid."
While Ryan has now been paid for the hours that he has worked, having taken advice from City College Plymouth, he believes he is entitled to be paid for the remainder of his nine-month contract, which he says amounts to £513.
Penzance-based Walwyn Trust, which was funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
Ryan said: "I have been left high and dry. The whole system is rubbish.
"I have never seen such poor organisation. Even when I was in the programme contact with them was very poor and every time I had a question nothing would be answered."
Ryan was being paid £51.60 a week while he was working, but left his position at the store two weeks ago without completing his qualification.
He added: "The six months worth of work is not worth the paper it's written on."
"So I cannot finish my apprenticeship with another college, Walwyn has not even informed me officially that they have ceased trading.
"I have had to find out for myself, or have been given messages by others but not my assessor."
Ryan's mother, Anne King, said: "My son has just wasted at least six months doing this so-called apprenticeship for absolutely nothing.
"He still has not received any formal notification from either Walwyn nor any administrator as to what has happened, where he stands.
"He does want to work, but no-one will take him on because he hasn't got lots of very expensive pieces of paper to say he can do what he has written on his CV.
"Not all youngsters want to get into major debt by going to college or university, so an apprenticeship is the way to go as you get a qualification without the debt.
"That is obviously not the case as my son has now got nothing at all to show for his willingness to gain a qualification and to work."
The Herald was unable to contact the Walwyn Trust by phone, but an automated e-mail response said: "Please be advised that the Walwyn Company Ltd is in administration."
The Walwyn Trust is the sister company and trading arm of Mymar Training Limited, which has indicated plans to close due to financial problems.
A spokeswoman for the SFA said: "The agency has been informed by Mymar Training Limited that it is unable to secure sufficient funds for the future and therefore has announced its planned closure.
"The agency has been in discussion with Mymar Training Limited as sufficient evidence to support errors and missing data in their funding claims hadn't been received by the agency.
"The agency has suspended all future payments until sufficient evidence is received by the agency.
"If this evidence is not received, this constitutes as a breach in contract.
"The agency will seek to recover any funding that is found to have not been delivered in accordance with contractual requirements."