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GSF AVOID ADVERTISING WATCHDOG ACTION

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GSF AVOID ADVERTISING WATCHDOG ACTION


GSF Car Parts have avoided any further action for a promotional campaign, following a complaint from a member of the public.

The issue revolved around a promotional email for GSF Car Parts sent on 26 August 2016 that stated: “45% OFF* ALL CAR PARTS. Offer valid from Friday 26th to Monday 29th August”, A footnote at the bottom of the ad stated “… GSF Car Parts reserves the right to withdraw these offers at any time. Offer valid from Friday 26th August to Monday 29th August at 23.59”.

The complainant wrote to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) to challenge whether the ad was misleading because they received a subsequent email on  August 30, which stated that the closing date for the offer had been extended until September 1.

GSF responded to the watchdog that a problem occurred with the server used to process ‘Click and Collect’ orders shortly after the email was sent. They said that the server was used to send those orders to the relevant GSF Car Parts branch and because of that problem, the service was unavailable. The chain added that it was never their intention to mislead or place any consumers at a disadvantage; it said it extended the offer in good faith to their customers who had been unable to use the GSF website because of the technical problem.

A statement from the ASA said: “We considered that GSF Car Parts took action as soon as they could to resolve the problem and we understood the problem was the motivation behind their decision to extend the closing date of the promotional period”. No further action was necessary.

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APPRENTICESHIP REFORM IS A ‘POTENTIAL DISASTER’


Plans do nothing for 'critical skills shortage' say experts

Plans do nothing for ‘critical skills shortage’ say experts

Motor Industry trade bodies have expressed dismay over the arrangements put in place for apprenticeships.

IMI Chief Steve Nash says the piecemeal approach of Government apprenticeship reforms is a ‘potential disaster for the motor industry’. Nash is urging ministers to undertake a wholesale review before pressing ahead with the changes. Meanwhile, RMI Bodyshop Director Jason Moseley warned that the new funding rates ‘fall concerningly short’ of those needed to deliver a ‘robust and quality’ apprenticeship programme.

Government has announced new funding arrangements for apprenticeships in connection with introduction of the Training Levy in 2017. The IMI says that many of the courses currently used by the motor industry to fill around 13,000 apprentice vacancies every year are subject to cuts of up to 50 percent in Government funding. This has sparked fears that the retail motor sector will suffer a trainee drought from next year, worsening what the IMI calls an ‘already critical skills shortage’ across the nation.

The IMI believe the Government’s plans are designed to push its ‘Trailblazer’ and ‘Employer Standards’ Apprenticeships. These courses attract three times the funding under the new arrangements than most current training schemes. £18,000 for a level three compared to £6,000 the three- year courses available now. However, with just one exception, the Institute say that none of the new schemes for the motor industry have been completed and that most won’t be fit for purpose for some time. In the meantime, the Institute believes that some of the existing courses will become economically unviable for colleges to provide leaving employers and learners in difficulty.

Nash said, “These proposed funding levels will leave some vital apprenticeships with up to 50 percent less funding. Employers around the country will struggle to get training places for their apprentices under this system. It begs the question, how this can possibly support the Government’s aim to create more apprenticeships?

Moseley said: “Funding levels in our industry are four times less than that for an aerospace technician – which is concerning to see as modern motor vehicles are often more technology laden than an aircraft. These new funding rates will affect hundreds of apprentices in our sector at a time where we should be increasing our investments – not reducing. This has a significant knock on effect to insurance companies who use our members to repair their policyholder’s vehicles safely.

“Newly appointed Apprentice Minister, Robert Halfon MP, has a golden opportunity to undertake an end to end review of the whole reform process and ensure that the new system is absolutely fit for purpose before the existing one – which delivered well over two million apprentice starts in the last parliament –
is rendered unusable”, concluded Nash.

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