ExecuTrain clients not exposed

Past clients or prospects of collapsed training venture ExecuTrain say the company's demise has not hit them in the pocket.

Past clients or prospects of collapsed training venture ExecuTrain say the company's demise has not hit them in the pocket.

ExecuTrain was said to be closely tied up with the International Campus, the educational “mall” on the former CIT site at Heretaunga, near Wellington.

But International Campus spokesman Steve Townsend says the organisation’s plans were at an early stage. It had planned to launch an English language training unit to "front-end" technical training for overseas students, the latter to be provided by ExecuTrain, he says. “The marketing was about to kick off,” but no students had yet signed up. Computerworld was told by the partner of a former ExecuTrain employee that a share of a payment of $12,000 per student had already passed through to ExecuTrain, but Townsend says that's not so.

“We had a plan; that was all,” he says. Asked how the International Campus would fill the gap left by ExecuTrain’s demise, Townsend says it will make other arrangements. In the light of a lack of students it’s not high on the agenda, he says. “We have other priorities.”

A spokewoman for the National Bank says it had ExecuTrain flagged as a potential training provider in non-IT areas, but was not exposed to its collapse. “We only pay for training after it’s been provided,” she says.

Navy spokesman Joe Bunce says the Navy had done some business with ExecuTrain, but that was last year and the services had been provided and paid for.

A spokesman for the local PeopleSoft branch, alleged to be owed a five-figure sum, says it has not paid for any ExecuTrain services not received.

ExecuTrain's liquidator, John Whitfield of McDonald Vague in Auckland, had not returned several phone calls at deadline.

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