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The Focus Training Group is committed to to providing the highest quality of service to learners, employers and customers.

The Focus Training Group recognise that learners, employers and customers have the right to raise concerns or complaints about our services and have access to clear information on how to voice complaints or concerns.

We will take any concern or complaint made against the company or any member of staff seriously and will investigate it promptly, for resolution as quickly as possible. We will ensure that complaints are dealt with consistently, fairly and sensitively within clear time frames. We will listen carefully to complaints and treat complaints as confidential, where possible. Investigate the complaint fully, objectively and within the stated time frame. Notify the complainant of the results of the investigation and any right of appeal.

A complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction by an individual, whether justified or not. An individual may make a complaint if they feel The Focus Training Group has:

• Failed to provide a service or an acceptable standard of service

• Made a mistake in the way the service was provided

• Failed to act in a proper way

• Provided unfair service

There are three stages to the complaints procedure:

• Stage One - Informal

• Stage Two - Formal

• Stage Three - Appeal

Stage One - Informal

The Focus Training Group encourages learners, staff, employers and customers to aim to resolve any issues or concerns through open and informal procedures in the first instance by speaking to a member of the management team. Any person with a complaint or concern is invited to discuss the matter first with an appropriate member of staff. In the case of learners this could be their Lecturer or Assessors. They will respond with advice and guidance as how to proceed from this point to resolve the issue raised. In the case of staff, this should always be their Line Manager. If the complaint is about their Line Manager, then a member of the Senior Management Team.

Stage Two - Formal

If the person is not satisfied with the informal route then they can submit a formal complaint. This can be submitted via one of the below methods;

Telephone: 01752 348980 asking to speak to the Manager on duty

Email: complaints@tftg.org

Letter: The Focus Training Group, 63-69 St Modwen Road, Plymouth, PL6 8LH

• Receipt of the complaint will be acknowledged within writing within 2 working days from when the formal complaint is received.

• A member of the senior management team will deal with the complaint and a full investigation will be carried out. This may include further discussions, clarifications or meeting with the complainant.

• We will reply within 15 working days with a full response outlining the outcomes of the investigation in writing. If it is not possible to respond within this time, for example because a detailed enquiry is still taking place, or staff absence etc - we will issue an interim response, explaining what is being done to deal with the complaint and when a full reply can be expected.

• Notify you within 10 working days if the complaint is not upheld, reasons will be given as to why.

Stage Three - Appeal

If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome they are entitled to appeal the decision in writing to an appointed person who has no involvement in the complaint or investigation within 5 working days from the date the outcome letter was received. The appointed person should be a senior staff member and have had no substantial involvement in the dealing of the complaint.

All complaints will be monitored and where possible used to improve and develop the services provided by The Focus Training Group.

Full Policy

To view our full Complaints Policy, you can click here.

Contact Us

If you would like to make an enquiry please complete the contact form below

Bristol Centre - 01454 614203
Exeter Centre - 01392 829100
Newton Abbot Centre - 01626 832374
Plymouth Centre - 01752 348980
Redruth Centre - 01209 311001
Or contact us via email on: - enquiries@thefocustraininggroup.com
ESFA Service Desk Contact Information: - Telephone: 0370 2670001 Email: SDE.servicedesk@education.gov.uk

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