Midlands Training & Development breakfast launch bubbles with success

Nuneaton-based Midlands Training and Development (MidlandsTD) recently held a successful breakfast event to explain the benefits of training and development to local businesses.

Midlands TrainingThe training provider, which is a Highfield Approved Centre, hosted the ‘Mission: Possible’ themed event at the Eliot Park Innovation Centre (EPIC) on the 28 October 2015 with support from some of the top private and public sector organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Building on over 30 years of experience in the training sector, MidlandsTD recently relaunched to focus on the health and care sector and business training.  MidlandsTD also offers apprenticeships in a range of occupational areas in health and care roles, as well as supporting the needs of businesses with its extensive portfolio of business skills, leadership and management programmes.

MTDMissionPossible (21 of 130)The breakfast event included taster workshops on corporate social responsibility and lean principles, along with presentations from special guest speaker Rachael Stewart, Skills Executive of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, who spoke of recognising the value of working in partnership alongside schools all the way through to setting skills learning and development strategies with companies.

Clare McKenzie, MidlandsTD Commercial Director, said, ‘We’re excited about what the future holds for Midlands Training & Development.  We are committed to developing and enhancing the skills of individuals and organisations across the region, and I think the success of our launch event is a fantastic reflection of the passion and vision of our great team’.

MTDMissionPossible (125 of 130)If you would like more information on Midlands Training & Development services, contact the team on 024 7679 6422 or email info@midlandstd.co.uk.

Apprenticeship success for AS Watson learner  

A Superdrug apprentice has been celebrating this autumn after being recognised in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.

Karolina Apprenticeship AwardsKaroline Polniaszek, from Normanton, West Yorkshire, won the McDonald’s Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year (Yorkshire and Humber Region) for her development with the company, which works with Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) for apprenticeships.

The award was announced on 8 October 2015 at a high profile awards ceremony, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and hosted by the Northern Ballet, Leeds.

Over the last two years, the Superdrug and Savers Apprenticeship programme – part of AS Watson – has recruited over 500 external apprentices, with 25 per cent of those achieving a qualification going on to be promoted into supervisory roles.  The programme, which is aimed at 16-18-year-olds interested in a career in UK retail, has seen 79 percent completing their training and being offered a permanent role within the company.

Karolina, who works on orders taken through the company’s website at the Northern Distribution Centre in Pontefract, will now progress through to the National Apprentice of the Year Awards Final being held in January next year.

Karolina Polniaszek, said, ‘I started the apprenticeship scheme last year.  My manager had encouraged me to apply after discussing my career within the business with her. The scheme has really made me step out of my comfort zone, improving my communication and presentation skills.  I’ve gained the confidence to put my ideas forward and really engage in teamwork and activities – a skill I was lacking before I started. I’d definitely recommend the scheme to others if they want to progress their skills and further their career!’

Jo Mackie, AS Watson HR Director, said, ‘We are incredibly proud of our Apprentices and are delighted that Karolina’s hard work has been rewarded with this recognition.  We are delighted that our Apprenticeships programme continues to strengthen and supports our younger colleagues with an entry into the retail industry, giving them opportunities to learn, grow and progress their careers’.

It is the latest success for AS Watson’s Apprenticeship programme which was recently recognised in The Sunday Telegraph as a top apprenticeship employer.

To find out more about AS Watson UK Apprenticeships visit www.superdrug.jobs or www.savers.jobs

50% discount on courses from Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy

50% discountThe Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy has announced that it is going to be working in partnership with Cogent Skills and the Science Industry Partnership to offer eligible companies a upto a 50% discount on the training costs for each learner enrolling on its programmes.

The provider, which is a HABC Approved Centre, is offering the discount on a number of programmes, including the HABC Level 2 Award in Legionella Awareness (QCF) and the HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF).

The Science Industry Partnership is an employer-led initiative designed to enable science and engineering-based businesses to develop their existing workforce.

For more information and to assess your eligibility, click here  or email trainingcourses@bvwater.co.uk

Sunny start to summer for MPD

Pera SSW Awards Stage MPDIt was a sunny start to the summer as Midlands Professional Development (MPD) took one of the top prizes at the Pera Training SSW Awards.

The Nuneaton-based organisation, which is a HABC Approved Centre, took the award for best Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) Provider after being nominated by Pera for their outstanding support and delivery of training within the SSW contract.

There was also a special mention for MPD learner Margot Roberts of Way Ahead Support Services, who was a highly-commended finalist for the ‘Most Achieved SSW Learner’, for her ‘pivotal’ SSW journey from a reluctant learner to demonstrating new-found confidence in her abilities as a result of her training.

The ceremony took place on 25 June 2015 at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire. The SSA Awards are an exclusive celebration of the skills support and learning made possible by the European Social Fund, Skills Funding Agency and Local Enterprise Partnership , and are designed to recognise employers and learners alike who have utilised skills development in the workplace to help make a difference.

For MPD, it was the culmination of a two-year SSW scheme in which the organisation helped employers from a range of priority sectors to access expert, tailored training. So far, over 4000 learners in 1200 businesses have benefitted from the project.

Claire McKenzie, MPD Associate Directors, said, ‘Winning this award is a marvellous achievement for the company and well-earned reward for the hard work of a great team’.

For more information, click here.

eResponse’s £55k charity drive for disabled girl

charity driveMidlands training and recruitment business eResponse will be holding a number of fundraising events this year and next to help improve the quality of life of a girl born without eyes.

The Rugby-based organisation, which is a HABC Approved Centre, is committed to raising £55,000 to support eight-year-old Mia Williams with equipment and alterations to her home.

Mia suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and needs to be carried and helped around her home by parents Fran and Dean Williams – who is a manager at eResponse’s Rugby branch.

Amongst the events the firm has planned are a charity ball in 2016, cycle rides, marathons, car washes and a summer fete. The money raised will go towards a specially-fitted bath for Mia, as well as various pieces of equipment and changes to the layout of the family’s home.

eResponse Managing Director Paul Alekna said, ‘We support a variety of charities every year but now we have decided to channel everything into helping Mia. She has a variety of conditions that means she needs extra support. We want to help an amazing little girl and her equally amazing family, and will do all we can to hit that goal as quickly as possible’.

Highfield has also been raising money to help blind children through VICTA, with a series of events and activities including a Sky Dive planned for July and staff recently completing Virgin Money London Marathon.

For more information on eResponse’s fundraising initiative, go to www.e-responserecruitment.co.uk

How Scotland’s hospitality businesses are preparing for new allergen labelling legislation with Tennent’s Training Academy

allergen labelling legislationNew rules come into force across the European Union from tomorrow (13 December 2014) meaning that food and drink establishments need to provide allergy information on any food sold unpackaged.

And Glasgow-based Tennent’s Training Academy (TTA) is offering businesses in Scotland the chance to take the new HABC Level 3 Award in Food Allergen Management for Caterers to help them understand the legislation.

TTA, which is a HABC Approved Centre, currently holds weekly training courses for foodservice staff right across the hospitality sector in Scotland, with more planned for next year. And with 2015 being the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, all eyes are on Scotland’s hospitality businesses to get it right.

Training Co-ordinator, Clare Coghill, who has been championing the allergens training course for TTA, said, ‘The feedback has been interesting. Most businesses did not even realise the law on allergens were changing, and were totally unprepared. Since starting the training, companies have been taking on board the necessary actions to ensure they are prepared and can cope with the high demands of customers and their growing needs for special guidance from staff and on their menus’.

She added, ‘Over 200 managers and chefs have been trained since the introduction of this qualification to the Academy, and we expect to continue the training of hundreds of candidates throughout 2015.

If any businesses need advice about allergens we would be delighted to hear from them and help them’.
For more information, go to www.tennentstrainingacademy.co.uk, email info@tennentstrainingacademy.co.uk or call 0141 553 0010.

B & V Group put their gladrags on for charity

B & V Group have recently had the chance to put their gladrags on and dance the night away for the NC TLC Trust, which is a charity raising money to support families affected by childhood cancer.

The NC TLC Trust held a black and white masquerade ball at the Park Inn Hotel, Northampton, on 18 October 2014, with Sarah Pallett, B & V Group’s Marketing Manager representing the B & V Water Treatment Foundation, who have been supporting the charity throughout the year.

The B & V Water Treatment Foundation is a registered charity that was set up as a result of the unique work of, and in memory to, Dr. Chris Wederall. It has been supporting the Northampton-based NC TLC Trust over the past 12 months, having sponsored its first ever children’s fantasy ball earlier in September, which gave children and families who have experienced childhood cancer the chance to take part in face painting and party games, and dress up as princes, princesses, witches and wizards!

Sarah said, ‘It was a fantastic evening and a real pleasure to support such a worthwhile charity. It is clear how much the NC TLC Trust does for their members, not only in terms of practical support, for example through their charity caravan or the special events that they hold throughout the year but also, and perhaps most importantly, through the emotional support they can provide to affected families’.

During the masquerade ball, B & V Group was also awarded the Corporal Marc Birch trophy in recognition of the support that the organisation has given to the charity.

The NC TLC Trust was established in July 2008 by Janet Walker-Smith and her husband, after their son TJ underwent treatment for leukaemia. They found that the aftercare support for families was lacking and so the Trust was founded to provide emotional and practical support to other families and children affected by childhood cancers.

For more information on the B&V Water Treatment Foundation, click here.

For more information on NC TLC, click here.

EndeavourUK help children and infants in an emergency

paediatric first aid trainingStaff and child carers at an Essex nursery recently got the opportunity to receive additional paediatric first aid training thanks to one of the region’s leading providers.

Chelmsford-based EndeavourUK, which is a HABC Approved Centre, provided a two-day session to the Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten Galleywood, Chelmsford free of charge as part of a drive to encourage schools and nurseries to go beyond the mandatory minimum of two staff trained to Level 3 in paediatric first aid.

Chris Lucas-Jones, MD of EndeavourUK, said, ‘We believe that the current standards stating the number of paediatric first aid trained staff needed in schools and nurseries is too low. Many do provide a high number of fully trained staff than the standards require, but often the training numbers are limited due to the costs and waiting lists associated with such courses. I personally feel very strongly that such paediatric first aid training is essential in ensuring adequate child care and safety standards for children is maintained, as well as providing increased peace of mind for parents. This is why EndeavourUK is looking to assist in delivering this training to any school or nursery in Essex that would like it on a non-profit basis’.

Natasha Taylor, Principal of Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten Chelmsford, said, ‘It is absolutely essential that the minimum number of first aid paediatrics within a setting should be raised. After today’s intuitive training, EndeavourUK has enabled us to increase our number of qualified first aid paediatric staff from eight to sixteen which will be reassuring and welcomed by many parents’.

Robert Villa, Mayor of Chelmsford, who toured the nursery facilities and experienced a brief taster of the paediatric first aid workshop along with the Mayoress, said, ‘It was extremely inspiring to see the tremendous amount of thought and actions devoted into the health and safety of these babies and young children who attend the nursery every day. I am impressed with EndeavourUK’s non-profit first aid course they are offering to our local nurseries’.

Helping vulnerable people on the streets with Eboracum Training

helping vulnerable peopleA York-based training provider is helping to make the streets of the city a better place by offering free courses to a voluntary group involved in helping vulnerable people.

Eboracum Training has teamed up with Street Angels York to provide them with free conflict management training and assist them with the vital work they do.

The Street Angels, which is a Church-led initiative, work to make York city centre a safer place through caring for, practically helping and listening to people, especially those in vulnerable and difficult situations.

Eboracum Training was launched by partner company Eboracum Security Ltd earlier this year, offering qualifications in the security sector and gaining recognition as a HABC Approved Centre.

Carl Nickson, MD of Eboracum Security Ltd, said, ‘After the successful launch of Ebrocaum Training we wanted to put something back into the community. We approached Street Angels York because of the fantastic work they do, and we were delighted to be able to offer them conflict management training completely free of charge.

The Street Angels deal with some very vulnerable and challenging individuals, so through this training they are able to keep themselves – and the people they work with – safe, whilst also providing a more effective service.

We’ve had some great feedback from the training, and we are already looking at providing more in the future’.

Food safety expert launches webinars

Food safety expertOne of the UK’s best known food safety trainers has launched a series of webinars featuring conversations and Q&As with some of the country’s top experts.

Steve Pepper, of Steve Pepper Training Associates – which is a HABC Approved Centre – has so far created four monthly webinars that provide a snapshot of food safety topics such as an introduction to the topic and understanding the food hygiene rating system. The webinars feature some of the UK’s best known food safety experts, including Highfield author and trainer Jude Hutchinson.

Speaking of the seminars, food safety expert Steve Pepper said, ‘The aim is to make these webinars the go-to place for trainers and interested foodies, completely free of charge. We have created four so far, with the latest one in early September providing an update on E.coli O157’.

For more information, or to sign up for the webinars, just go to www.steve-pepper.co.uk/index.html