A Salford-based training provider has been placed into administration, resulting in 27 employees being made redundant.
Following difficulties in finding a buyer for Vital Skills Training Limited, Deloitte have been appointed as administrators to the company, despite its parent group already having been sold out of administration.
Though most of the Vital Services Group was purchased last month, the good fortune did not extend to the training subsidiary, which provided training for apprentices, specialising in the rail in and mechanical & engineering sectors.
Dan Smith, Bill Dawson and Dan Butters of Deloitte were appointed joint administrators to Vital Skills.
Smith, partner at Deloitte, said: “Whilst a buyer was found for much of the Vital Group last month, unfortunately it has not been possible to find one for the Skills business.
“This is despite the significant efforts of the directors of Skills and other key stakeholders including Morson Group, which purchased the majority of the Vital Group on 4 November 2013 and provided funding for essential payments of the business over the last few weeks.
“It has been necessary to make all 27 employees of Skills redundant, although the employment status of apprentices studying an apprenticeship is not affected by the administration and we understand that opportunities for alternative training are being sought for them.”
The two remaining companies of the Vital Services Group which were not included in the sale to Morson Group – Sicura Systems Limited and Vital Technology Limited – entered administration on 15 November. Sicura Systems has subsequently been sold out of administration.