The Australian Competition and Consumer’s Commission is scrutinising Melbourne-based Acquire Learning Pty Ltd for possible incidences of unethical behaviour. The umbrella organisation was put together by Tim Demetriou, Director John Wall and chief Executive Jesse Sahely has cashed in on a slew of recent government subsidies to offer a range of vocational training and educational courses.

Tim Demetriou from Acquire learning. Image: www.acquirelearning.com.au

Tim Demetriou from Acquire learning. Image: www.acquirelearning.com.au

Contributors to the comparison/ review site Whirlpool have complained of beig cold-called by Acquire Learning salespeople. They claim to have been given jobseeker’s details through the employment website Seek.

The salespeople, it is claimed, then use a number of aggressive sales techniques to strong arm jobseekers into taking out HECS – HELP educational debts to enrol in an Acquire learning course.

Seek has accused ‘third parties’ of posting fake job listing on its webpage in an effort to farm resumes to build lead for acquire Learning’s database.

Speaking to news.com.ay chief legal counsel for Seek, Derek Miller said, “We have in the past blocked advertisers we have suspected of passing information to this provider, or to organisations we suspect may have been associated with them.

“It is an activity we have seen and we take a very dim view of it. We remove the ads and shut the accounts down. We have had conversations with Acquire about this, and they denied taking this sort of action.”

Mr Miller went on to add that Seek had received ‘numerous complaints’ from people having been contacted by Acquire learning. But he denied Seek had passed on any information to them.

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