Capita told graduates to pay £21,000 for leaving unpaid training scheme

Former trainees say they were told to repay money if they left scheme, which involved up to four months of unpaid training and had no guarantee of job

Capita, one of the UK’s largest outsourcing companies, has demanded payouts of up to £21,000 from graduates who tried to pull out of an unpaid training scheme under which they were not guaranteed a job.

The company, which provides services ranging from electronic tagging of offenders to store card services for retailers and BBC licence fee collection, has been criticised for advertising a number of roles in its IT resourcing division that stipulate applicants must be a graduate and able to attend between two and four months of unpaid training in London or Manchester.

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