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Whistle-blower reports submitted to FCA rise by 24% in 13 months to hit 1,755 mark

BDO LLP states that the total number of whistle-blower reports to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has risen by 24% in the last year to attain an overall figure of 1,755 for the year ending 31 December 2018. That’s up from 1,420 in 2017. There was a 105% increase in...
Posted On 04 Mar 2019
Raymond Clarke: CEO at IQ
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Industry Qualifications issues strong response in wake of Ofqual’s intention to levy monetary penalty

Industry Qualifications (IQ) has expressed “disappointment” at today’s public announcement by qualifications Regulator Ofqual of its intention to impose a financial penalty on the company following the exposure of qualification fraud at Ashley Commerce College...
Posted On 27 Feb 2017
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Ofqual takes action over potential risks posed to private security industry qualifications

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has issued a comprehensive 28-page report entitled ‘Licence-Linked Qualifications Used in the Private Security Industry’ outlining the actions that the qualifications Regulator for England and Wales has...
Posted On 31 Jan 2017
Raymond Clarke: CEO at IQ
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Industry Qualifications calls for Ofqual to establish Expert Panel on qualifications fraud

Awarding organisation Industry Qualifications (IQ) has called upon qualifications regulator Ofqual to establish an expert panel for confronting the issue of qualifications fraud in those industries which require qualifications to obtain a licence to work. IQ itself was a victim...
Posted On 13 Jan 2017
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CIPS Survey: “UK SMEs overwhelmingly unaware of Modern Slavery Act’s impact on businesses”

The positive cascading effects on SMEs’ supply chain management as a result of the Modern Slavery Act are already being called into question as a direct result of new research* compiled by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). From 1 April this year, under...
Posted On 29 Mar 2016
Raymond Clarke: CEO at Industry Qualifications
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Industry Qualifications issues update on Ashley Commerce College and outlines BBC response

Following the broadcast of the BBC’s Inside Out programme back in March, during which an Industry Qualifications (IQ) Assessment Centre was exposed as operating in a fraudulent manner, IQ has been working to remove fraudulent certification, strengthen its own procedures in...
Posted On 06 Jul 2015
Raymond Clarke: CEO at Industry Qualifications
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IQ investigation sees 250-plus certificates for security qualifications revoked at Ashley Commerce College

Following a detailed four-week investigation process conducted in the wake of the BBC’s Inside Out programme broadcast on 23 March, Industry Qualifications has now submitted a final report on alleged fraudulent claims for certification by Ashley Commerce College. The...
Posted On 27 Apr 2015