Online trainer offers free places to NoSweat students

Journalism training provider Cleland Thom has offered free places for students ‘left in the lurch’following the demise of NoSweat Journalism Training.

On Monday Press Gazette reported on how NoSweat had ceased trading and been placed into liquidation.

It came six months after the The National Council for the Training of Journalists declined to renew NoSweat’s accreditation and the company lost its Ofqual appeal.

Thom, who runs the NCTJ diploma by distance learning, has now offered to help out students who signed up for the 44-week course last summer.

‘We’re very happy to help students who have been left in the lurch by NoSWeat’s demise,’Thom told Press Gazette.

‘They’re the real victims, and it’s important that they’re given plenty of support so their career plans aren’t affected too seriously.

‘We will give them free places on our NCTJ Diploma distance learning course – this includes the students who have just completed the NoSWeat full-time course if they need help with any re-sits.

‘This is purely to help the students – it’s something we have done off our own bat. We haven’t made any arrangement with NoSWeat, although we have told [chief executive] Steve Ward about the offer and invited him to pass it on to the students concerned.”

Ward said he was “very grateful” for Thom “stepping into the breach”, adding: “It was his idea to offer a free service and I was pleased to accept. I hope this shows I care for our students, which has always been my motivation from day one.”

Charlie Harris, who was a tutor and journalism lecturer at NoSweat, has joined Thom’s team NoSWeat students who take up the distance learning option.

Harris, who lost his job at the company, said he wanted to provide continuity for the students.

Thom can be contacted at Cleland@ctjt.biz or by visiting the website http://www.ctjt.biz/

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