Distance learning provider challenges trade body’s version of events

Train2Game claims it terminated TIGA relationship

Train2Game has told its students that it was the one to terminate its relationship with TIGA.

The learning provider is now directing its pupils towards a City & Guilds qualification rather than the previously offered TIGA qualification.

Last week the UK game industry trade body announced it had cut ties with Train2Game and would no longer accredit or promote its courses or qualifications. No reason was given for the decision and TIGA declined to comment on the matter.

But according to an admin post on the Train2Game student forum, as passed on to Develop, a message alleged to be from management claims it was the distance learning provider that terminated the relationship. It stated the City & Guilds qualification has “significantly better industry recognition”.

One source close to the matter claimed that the initial announcement by TIGA and a lack of communication by the learning provider was said to have caused concern amongst students, though it is claimed pupils are now more content following the internal statement. Another source said however that they were refused a refund despite the loss of a TIGA accreditation, and that it is cheaper to get a City & Guilds qualification from elsewhere.

“We feel that the City & Guilds qualification has a much higher value to our students and puts them in a better position to secure work in the industry,” read a statement, as posted by a forum admin, alleged to be from Train2Game management.

“The City & Guilds qualification is recognised on the QCF (the Qualifications and Credit Framework) – unfortunately, the TIGA qualification was not. The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is the national credit transfer system for education qualification in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Undertaking a qualification which is on the QCF means that the qualification is fully recognised academically; unfortunately the TIGA qualification is not recognised by the QCF and therefore, after careful consideration, we concluded that taking it was not in the best interest of our students.”

Students were advised to discuss any concerns they may have with their tutors.

When contacted by Develop, a Train2Game representative said this was not an “official statement” from the organisation. A public announcement form the learning provider is expected tomorrow.

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