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Recruitment company misled job seekers: ACCC

An Australian recruitment company has come under fire from the ACCC, after they admitted they misled job seekers about training and jobs.

Australian Regional Employment Agencies Pty Ltd (AREA) and its national recruitment manager, Mr Shreyas Narayana, have admitted to misleading job seekers over paid IT training courses run by Zanok Technologies Pty Ltd.

According to the ACCC, in December 2008, AREA entered into an agreement with Zanok, an IT company, to recruit IT graduates for a paid training course run by Zanok. However they misled job seekers in their advertisements and interviews by claiming there were positions in the IT industry on offer, when in fact the only thing available was a paid training course costing up to $4,700. They also made guarantees of employment at the end of the training, but neglected to mention that they could not in fact guarantee jobs for all graduates.

After the ACCC intervened, the organisations in question admitted to breaching the Trade Practices Act 1974 and have promised not to engage in conduct that is likely to mislead persons seeking employment as to the availability, nature, or terms or conditions, of that employment.

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