Complaints Policy

Last updated: 31/01/22

Complaints Policy

Exalt Training Ltd will promote this policy and ensure commitment towards the policy is secured through the induction programme and through continuous training of our employees in implementing the policy so that our apprentices and their employers are confident that they can raise a complaint where needed and that its will be acknowledged and addressed effectively.  

Policy Review

This policy will be reviewed at least annually by the CEO, SLT and the Quality Manager and updated as required.


1.1 Exalt Training Ltd strives for excellence and aims to continually improve its standards of provision. However, it is recognised that sometimes learners, employers and stakeholders will feel that they have cause to complain about the service they have received.
1.2 Exalt Training Ltd will aim to put things right quickly for our customers when they go wrong by keeping our customers informed of the progress of their complaint and the results of any investigation.


2.1 Exalt Training Ltd is committed to resolving complaints quickly, fairly, and effectively as it aims to provide a suitable learning environment that maximises the academic, social and personal opportunities for all its learners.
2.2 Any customer concerns about the standards of service provided by Exalt Training Ltd will be treated seriously and will be used by the Company to improve its provision.


3.1 Exalt Training Ltd seeks to ensure that all complaints are dealt with seriously, fairly, and consistently. To learn from each complaint to improve future performance and set performance targets for responding to complaints and monitor our performance against these targets.

3.2 Exalt Training Ltd will advise our customers of their right to appeal if they remain dissatisfied after their complaint has been through all stages of the internal Complaints Procedure.
3.3 Exalt Training Ltd will ensure that all learners, employers, and stakeholders are aware of the process for making a complaint and that staff are aware of the process to be followed should a complaint arises.
3.4 All complaints will be handled sensitively and in line with the Company’s Equality and Diversity policy.


4.1 How to raise a complaint?

Complaints may be made verbally, or in writing. Exalt Training Ltd commit to handling your
complaint as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Verbal complaints can be made in two
• Telephoning the head office
• In person, by scheduling an appointment with a Senior Manager

4.2 You may also submit your complaint in writing, setting out the nature of your complaint in as much detail as possible and send to

4.3 How long does it take for a complaint to be resolved – Response Times

• All telephone calls requesting a return call received before noon will be returned
that same day; those received in the afternoon will be returned by the end of the
next working day. Letters will be acknowledged within 3 working days on receipt and
a full reply will be sent within 14 working days of receipt. Further response times are
set out in the procedure itself.
• At all stages the complainant will be kept informed as to what is happening with
their complaint or appeal. If for whatever reason it is not possible to deal with the
complaint within the published timescale then the complainant will be informed of
this, and a reason given.

4.4 Stages of the complaints procedure

Stage One – In the first instance, a complaint can be made to any employee of Exalt
Training Ltd. That employee will either write down the details of the complaint if
the complaint is being made verbally and forward it to the CEO, any written
complaints will be forwarded in the same manner.
• The complainant will be informed of the timescale within which they will receive a
response as indicated above.
• If the matter is not resolved within the timescale or within a mutually agreed time, it
will be referred to stage two.

Stage Two – At this stage, a meeting will be convened between the person (and their representative if necessary) and an appointed employee who has not been involved in the complaint. This will take place within 14 days of the matter being referred to
stage two.
• Following discussions with all relevant parties, the appointed employee looking into
the complaint will prepare a written statement of their findings and any
recommendations. A copy of the statement will be given to the complainant.
• If the person complaining is not satisfied with the decision, they then have the
option to appeal within 7 working days of receiving the decision. The complaint will
then be referred to stage three.
Stage Three – A panel will be convened of independent persons who have the
relevant skill and knowledge understand the issues surrounding the complaint being
made. The person making the complaint along with their representative (if
appropriate) will be invited to attend the panel hearing and present their complaint.
The complaint will be heard again in its entirety.
• The panel will then inform the complainant in writing of their decision within 3
working days of the hearing.
• The decision from this panel hearing is final.
• Should the Apprentice/learner be dissatisfied with outcome of the complaint and
the wish to pursue the matter, they can contact the relevant Awarding Organisation
indicated within, PP009 Exalt Training Ltd Appeals Policy or the undermentioned
regulatory body: –
England & Wales – Ofqual
Spring Place, Herald Avenue, Coventry CV5 8BA
Telephone: 0300 303 3344

4.5 Recording of Complaints – A record of a complaint and its outcome should be kept, and this should be filed separately from the individual’s records.
4.6 Complaints leading to disciplinary action – This policy is concerned only with resolving complaints and not with the investigation of disciplinary matters.
4.6 Complaints leading to disciplinary action – This policy is concerned only with resolving complaints and not with the investigation of disciplinary matters.
4.7 The purpose of the complaint’s procedure is not to apportion blame amongst staff. It is to investigate complaints to the satisfaction of complainants (while being fair to any staff involved) and to learn any lessons for improvement in service delivery. Inevitably however, some complaints will throw up information about serious matters, which indicate a need for disciplinary investigation.
4.7 The purpose of the complaint’s procedure is not to apportion blame amongst staff. It is to investigate complaints to the satisfaction of complainants (while being fair to any staff involved) and to learn any lessons for improvement in service delivery. Inevitably however, some complaints will throw up information about serious matters, which indicate a need for disciplinary investigation.
4.9 Relevant papers that have been accumulated during the investigation of the Complaint may be passed to the appropriate person in Exalt Training Ltd who will be considering the need for a disciplinary or other form of investigation.
4.10 The complaints procedure will not deal with matters, which are currently the subject of disciplinary investigation. If action is initiated under the disciplinary procedure the complainant should be advised accordingly.
4.11 When a decision is made to embark upon a disciplinary investigation, the processing of the complaint’s procedure does not automatically cease. There may well be other aspects of the original complaint, not covered by the disciplinary inquiry that should continue to be investigated.
4.12 On the other hand, there may be no outstanding issues from the original complaint to be investigated, in which case the complainant should be advised that no further action would be taken other than that through the disciplinary procedure. The complainant may well ask at this point to be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary inquiry.
4.13 A judgment will need to be made; on the one hand, in terms of reassuring the complainant, who will be concerned that the matter complained about has been dealt with seriously and satisfactorily; and on the other, the protection of the confidentiality of the member of staff.
4.14 The guiding principle will be that when the disciplinary procedure is invoked, the complainant receives the same consideration and level of information as if the matter had been dealt with through the complaint’s procedure. The complainant should be able to understand what happened, why it happened and what action has been taken therefore to ensure that it does not happen again. The complainant should be informed in general terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed on any staff member.
4.15 Monitoring and Reporting – The Senior Management Team will oversee complaints received by Exalt Training Ltd including continued monitoring of complaints which will form part of the quality reviews.

4.16 Exalt Training Ltd will be required to make available information regarding the numbers of
complaints as part of its annual report.

4.17 Arrangements for dealing with complaints will be monitored by the Head of Funding & Compliance to identify trends and ensure that appropriate action has been taken. Procedures will be reviewed annually, both to consider any amendments that are necessary to services and procedures as well as to enable effective and satisfactory working arrangements to be maintained.
4.18 Exalt Training Ltd through its Monitoring and Reporting of the frequency and handling of complaints will constantly be looking for ways in which Complaints, Policies and Procedures can be improved. When such improvements are implemented, these will in turn be monitored by the Board of Director’s and will become part of the quarterly quality report.
4.19 Spot checks will be made to verify that action resulting from a complaint has been implemented. All formal complaints should be in writing. Where the complainant is unable to put the formal complaint in writing, the HR Manager should ensure that a record of the complaint is made and ask the complainant to sign it.


5.1 What is a Complaint? – is when a learner, employer or stakeholder informs Exalt Training Ltd
that they are not happy with something that we have done or not done, and we have not
put things right.

5.2 Customer – anyone who contacts Exalt Training Ltd to request a service or is in receipt of a service.

5.3 If we agree to the course transfer, the total fees paid towards the discontinued course will be offset against the cost of the new course. However, we will require that if the new course fee is greater than that of the discontinued course, the balance should be paid in full along with a standard £40.00 course transfer fee. If the course being transferred too is of less value than that of the original course a credit note will be provided for the difference in price to be used towards the price of a future course provided by us. This credit note will only last a maximum of 18 months from the date of issue.


6.1 Equality and Diversity Policy

6.2 Training Appeals Policy

6.3 Safeguarding Policy

6.4 Examination Regulations

6.5 Data Protection Policy

6.6 Employee Grievance Procedure


7.1 All staff

7.2 All Managers


8.1 The Senior Management Team and all those in managerial or supervisory roles are responsible for developing and encouraging good customer care handling practice within their teams.
8.2 Compliance with Customer Complaints Policy is the responsibility of all members of the Company who deal with customers