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Julia Talevski
May 26, 2009
Misled … IT job seeker Antriksh Tyagi.

After completing a masters degree in IT, Indian-born Antriksh Tyagi thought Australia was the perfect escape from job-scandal-ridden organisations in his home country.

Searching for vacancies in his ideal field of work, he came across an advertisement from an IT solutions and consulting company, Zanok Technologies, and applied for a business analyst role.

Upon receiving the job offer, Tyagi took a couple of days to consider taking up the new role and even conducted some research into the company using Google.

“It sounded like a really good job and I was really happy. I was an IT graduate and getting an IT job was a big achievement because of the global economic crisis,” Tyagi says.

However, he soon learned he was being misled. During the induction, Tyagi was handed his contract, which said he would be required to undertake training. He was then informed that he would have to pay $4700 for the training.

The payment was intended to cover all the training resources provided by the company and, after it was completed, he claimed he was promised a business analyst role within the organisation.

Tyagi began to recognise some things weren’t quite right. To begin with, he was given a task to sell a telephone service called Spoxcy, which offered low-cost overseas call rates. He noticed other employees were also given tasks outside their job descriptions.

“Even though I was hired as a business analyst, I was also instructed to do other jobs they had assigned for us,” he says.

Tyagi claims that during his two months with the company, he received no training for the job he was promised. Along with other trainees, he began seeking legal advice, which pointed him in the direction of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Since then, the ACCC has obtained a Federal Court injunction against Zanok Technologies and its directors, Darley Stephen and Vanitha Darley, for misleading or deceptive conduct. The ACCC alleges Zanok had posted job advertisements across websites,including Seek, the Fairfax-owned MyCareer and Gumtree, offering jobs in the IT industry but instead were offering “training”.

Despite assurances from Zanok, the ACCC alleges there was no job guaranteed at the end of the training. Zanok was contacted by Icon but had not responded at the time of writing. The matter is still being heard by the Federal Court.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/technology/biztech/job-applicants-caught-in-training-trap/2009/05/26/1243103494930.html

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