Mrs McCurdy added: “She’s not talking to the training providers who funded her.

“The time has now come—when she’s not working with any training providers or awarding organisations—for her to make public the numbers that are involved. Nobody knows the extent of the situation.”

There is also concern about the impact of the Bright International debacle on the training industry generally.

“We don’t want to be seen as a sector that rips off people who are being trained,” said Mrs McCurdy.

She added: “We really are in a ‘Catch 22’ situation. We can only go forward if Bright International come forward with the information.”

Mrs McCurdy said it was not just the learners who had been affected by the demise of Bright International.

“There are ex-employees who are owed thousands of pounds,” she said.

“They were put on ‘gardening leave’ with no pay. They’re trying to get some sort of settlement.”

Mrs McCurdy—whose Portsmouth-based company makes sure that the training being provided is “up to scratch”—told the Herald: “A lot of people have been let down.”

She said: “Bright would take on all these people—up to 5,000 learners—but didn’t tell the awarding organisations which learners were registered with them.”

Mrs McCurdy added: “Nobody has really looked at the training organisations that funded Bright. They are the ones who should be taking responsibility for the people left in the lurch.”

Earlier this year Bright International was disqualified for “malpractice” by the NCFE (formerly the Northern Council for Further Education).

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) told the Herald: “We take any allegations of financial irregularity against an organisation involved in the delivery of skills extremely seriously.

“We continue to work with lead providers to ensure that funding claims in respect of all payments claimed or received for delivery by Bright are fully recovered.”