In fact she started on 25th Nov 2013...
I have looked over the link at https://www.gov.uk/understanding-your-pay/deductions-from-your-pay and none of this seems to apply. Also she is owed expenses (mileage) for travel to and from these courses and the company has not yet paid these. Can they legally withdraw payment for these expenses ?
OK her employers have "just" created a handbook which can be seen in the attached link. It clearly shows that the handbook is actually for DSM and that they have just added a front sheet to make it appear as a St Francis Group handbook ! She was never given a copy on joining the company.
The following link has all her documentation inc contract, joining letter, probation letter etc.
And additionally here are the courses that the company is trying to claim back the costs from her ?
10th July - Fire Marshall course - £105.00 20-22nd July - First Aid Course - £265.00 27&28th July - In Design Course - £349.00