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’.

North East learners celebrate with TEN

Group 2Learners at a North East training provider got the chance to have their success recognised earlier this Spring at a prestigious ceremony attended by local civic dignitaries.

60 learners from South Tyneside TEN, which is a HABC Approved Centre, were congratulated on achieving their qualifications across a range of subjects including retail, hospitality and employability by Mayor Councillor Fay Cunningham and Mayoress and Stella Matthewson at event that took place at TEN’s Market Dock office in South Shields on 30 March 2015.

TEN is a registered charity and have been delivering services for unemployed people in the region for over 20 years. In 2014, the Training Division was established and successfully became a HABC Approved Centre. With funding awarded by South Tyneside Council and a grant from Community Foundation Vital Signs, TEN has delivered the programme of vocational training for residents of South Tyneside.

Group 3The Mayor, Cllr Fay Cunningham, said, ‘This is an excellent achievement on the part of the learners and the qualifications have already helped 12 of the learners to find work. This emphasises how beneficial training can be to those people who are seeking employment and is an accolade to the tutors who delivered the courses’.

Retail Knowledge course tutor, Nicola Robinson, said, ‘I am so proud of the learners and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to watch them grow during the courses. I wish each and every one of them the best of luck for the future. The Employability (Hospitality Sector) course tutor, Helen Lockhart, said: ”It has been wonderful to have such dedicated learners on the courses. I wish all of them the success they deserve for the future’.

After the award ceremony learners met with the Mayor and Mayoress and spoke about their participation in the courses and their aspirations for the future.

Leslie McIntyre, aged 60, from South Shields, said, ‘The courses were very enjoyable and beneficial. Our tutor, Nicola, was great and the group all got along really well. I have used what I learned on the course in my role as a volunteer at the Redesign for You shop, which is based in Fowler Street South Shields.’

Sandbell Velasquez, aged 36, from South Shields, said, ‘The courses have been fantastic as has our tutor, Helen. In my home country of Peru, I worked in the hospitality sector but have not been able to find employment since moving to the UK five years ago. The courses have really helped to update and refresh my skills and knowledge. The qualifications included the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering and Level 2 Health and Safety in the Workplace’.

TEN provides a range of services to assist clients to gain employment and have recently achieved ISO9001 and ISO27001 quality standards.

Akabusi is star turn as charity ball raises £13,000

Kriss AkabusiA charity ball organised by a Redditch recruitment and training firm has raised more than £13,000 for a worthy cause.

The training and workforce solutions provider eResponse – which is also a HABC Approved Centre – was raising money for Make-A-Wish UK, a charity that sends children with life-limiting conditions on their dream holidays.

Guest speaker for the event, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull on 29 January 2015, was Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Kriss Akabusi who entertained the guests with tales from his career.

Kriss, 56, is a broadcaster and motivational speaker but shot to fame representing Team GB in the 1984 and 1992 Olympics, where he won medals in the 4x400m relay in both years and the 400m hurdles in 1992.

He also took gold in the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games.
Paul Alekna, managing director of eResponse, said it was a brilliant night.

‘We’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s ball and of course Kriss who was superb and made the event that extra bit special.

‘He couldn’t do enough for everyone and gave a fantastic speech on building a winning team.’

More than 400 people turned up to the event, including Highfield Chief Executive Jason Sprenger, Managing Director Christian Sprenger, and Director of Business Development Dominic Binks.

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Primus Protective Consultants provides security for Band Aid 30

Band Aid 30Primus Protective Consultants was on hand to provide security as some of the most famous names in music came together to record Band Aid 30 last November.

The Cardiff-based security firm – which is a HABC Approved Centre – stood guard as stars gathered on 15 November 2015 to record the chart-topping song, proceeds from which have gone to help fight Ebola in Western Africa.

Primus was tasked with providing security personnel to man the event, as well as completing risk assessments, barrier design plans and creating and implementing the accreditation system. They also carefully coordinated the arrival and departure of the stars to make sure the day went smoothly, liaising with the authorities to obtain all the required permits and permissions.  And the firm even got a credit on

Ban Aid 30 was the idea of Sir Bob Geldof, and is the latest version Do They Know It’s Christmas? charity. The recording included world-famous musicians such as Bono, One Direction, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran.

Primus Protective Consultants said, ‘We were so proud and honoured to be the security partner for Band Aid 30. We are also thrilled to see the success of the single this week, with the proceeds going toward battling the Ebola epidemic’.

Regular compliance updates from our partners

HABC has teamed up with some the UK’s leading legal firms to provide our Approved Centres with the reliable and authoritative updates possible on legal and compliance issues.

Health and safety – We’re working with Nabarro LLP to bring you quarterly updates on health and safety that are relevant to your business. Nabarro is one of the UK’s best known and most trusted commercial law firms, and specialises in providing no-nonsense and practical advice in plain English from its team of experts.

Food safety – On the huge topic of food safety, we’re working with Greenwoods Solicitors LLP to give you the latest news and updates. Greenwoods is one of the most respected names in the food safety business, with a renowned team of legal experts providing expertise on everything from the new regulator’s code to the horsemeat scandal, as well as key issues of the day.

Licensing – To bring you the latest updates and changes to alcohol licensing in the UK, HABC has teamed up with WoodsWhur – one of the country’s leading legal practices in the field. With its team of sector experts and their in-depth experience, WoodsWhur will be helping us to help you stay up-to-date with all the latest changes to legislation and regulations.

The updates are part of the service we offer to HABC Approved Centres. To find out more, click here.

Are you using coursefinder Plus yet?

CourseFinder PlusDid you know that HABC offers a completely FREE service that lets prospective learners and clients find your courses?

If you’re a HABC Approved Centre, you have exclusive access to coursefinder Plus, our leading online resource for sourcing courses and qualifications across the UK.

That means you can upload all the details of your courses and put them online for the world to see. Everything from location, cost, date, time, benefits, outcomes, lunch, refreshments, awards – in fact, anything and everything that potential learners need to know – and then have them find you through our handy search function.

And with thousands of potential learners searching for courses each month, it all adds up to a quick and easy way to make sure your Centre is amongst the first in line for their business.

To use coursefinderPlus, just go to ‘Post Courses’ in the ‘Learner Management’ section of the member’s area on the HABC website. Ensure you select your courses as a ‘public course’ and then just add your details. Of if you need a little help, just contact your account manager.