I’ve been hearing a lot about productivity in the UK recently. What’s the deal?

Productivity is what experts these days call a really big deal. High productivity is widely accepted to be one of the keys to creating a happier, healthier and wealthier country.

Unfortunately, productivity seems to be the bugbear of the UK economy.

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Working in a healthcare environment can be incredibly challenging. The sheer complexity and urgency of the job demands contributions from doctors, nurses, EMTs and support staff.

One vital member of such a team is the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner. Assistant Practitioners respond to the real, immediate needs of patients while providing essential support to registered practitioners like doctors and nurses. They are the highly trained individuals in a particular area of practice that make consistent, high-quality care possible.

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Got any plans for the weekend?

Yes. On Saturday i’m hosting my 50th birthday party. I had to buy a dress the other week because a friend told me that I cannot have my 50th in jeans, which is frankly what I wear most of the time. They say it’s a big deal. 50 is the new 40.

And 40 is the new 30. So, really, you’re only turning 30.

I’ll take that!

Continue reading “A View From the Inside: An Interview with Lucy Hall, EPA Coordinator”

The government recently conducted a consultation engaging employers and training providers on their concerns about apprenticeship funding.  The changes proposed during the consultation have resulted in a big shake-up of apprenticeship funding band rules.

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Where are you from?

I’m from Preston. Quite insanely, I drive in to Sale every day.

Why would you do such a thing?

I’ll be moving to Bolton soon which is why I got a job over this way. I can miss the M61 from where I’ll be and that’s a big plus.

If you had to move somewhere else, where would it be?

If I was going to move properly, I would emigrate to Australia. I’ve been over there twice and I really like it. The weather is better and there seems to be a slightly higher standard of living. I’ve had a few friends who went there for a year and ended up staying permanently. Seems to be the thing to do!

What about within the UK?

Somewhere around the Lake District. If I moved there, I’d buy a BnB.

Is that your retirement plan?

Possibly…

Did you go to college or university?

I went to college and then I started university for a teaching degree. But I got halfway through the first year and decided that it wasn’t for me.

What did you think it was going to be like?

I think all the marking and planning often overshadowed the teaching side. It has to be your whole life, especially for the first three years or so. I always wanted to do it since I was little. It was one of those things where you think you want to do something and then you come up against the reality and you think, “Nope.” But I do enjoy working in that education sector. So I found a good in-between place, in that sense, at TQUK. Here, I feel I have a part in giving people a good education.

How did you end up at TQUK?

It took me ten years of retail to get here. (Laughs.) I enjoyed retail and I was good at it. I started as a sales assistant and climbed my way up to a supervisor position and worked in lots of different shops. But, after a while, the hours were killer. The straw that broke the camel’s back was last year when I was booked to work on Boxing Day. I thought, “This isn’t sustainable.” So, over the summer, I worked for AQA and then this job became available. TQUK’s a lovely place to work. Everyone’s properly motivated and people seem to care about what they do. It’s probably one of the best places I’ve worked.

You used to be in Business Support. Now, you’re on the EPA Team. How do you like it?

It’s a complete change. There’s a lot to learn when you first start. There’s so many different rules and combinations for each apprenticeship standard – it’s really exciting to be part of something so new.

Based on your experience so far, how would you say the industry is adapting?

Some places have been slower than others in embracing the reforms from last year. But we’ve certainly gone full steam ahead. The reforms are so far-reaching that, when I look back on today years from now, it’ll be something I can say l was proud to be a part of. I was there.

When you start something new, do you tend to like things better when you’re thrown into the deep end?

Yeah, I like learning things as I go. I like being a bit nosy – listening in on things and gaining as much knowledge as I can so I can be prepared for everything. Even just chats and conversations are good for that. You never know what little bit of information will help you better understand what you’re working on.

You’re working with Ash and Kelle right now. What’s that like?

Kelle is lovely to work with. She’s a fountain of knowledge. Sometimes, I’ll have a question, she’ll answer and I’ll think, “Wow, how can she know all that at the drop of a hat?” She’s usually on the road but you wouldn’t think it. It feels like she’s always at arm’s reach through the phone or Skype and that makes me feel supported. And Ash is always a pleasure.

Are you tempted to go out on the road with them?

I wouldn’t mind!

What’s one thing you’ve ticked off your bucket list recently?

Skydiving.

Was it scary?

Not at all. But there was one moment when my instructor and I were on the way down. She went to pull the cord and said, “Oh no.” Fortunately, she was just having me on. I shouldn’t have told her I wasn’t scared!

Anything else on the bucket list?

A bungee jump.

Anything that’s not an extreme sport?

Not really.

Thanks for your time!

Thanks!

Training Qualifications UK and Creative Support are delighted to announce that we have helped the first apprentice in the UK through the new Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard.

Sona Peskin, from Durham, became the first apprentice to complete the new Adult Care Worker standard after completing the final assessment component, a professional discussion on Monday (30/4/18) and achieving a Merit overall.

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On 17 May, the Times Educations Supplement and other further education publications reported another drop in apprenticeship starts for 2018. In February 2018, there were 21,800 apprenticeship starts – down from 36,400 starts in February 2017. These figures are provisional – more detailed data will be released by the government in November.

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Remember that final scene in the 1969 Michael Caine movie The Italian Job, the perfect heist has been pulled off, they’re driving off into the mountains and then all of a sudden the gold bricks are hanging over the edge of a cliff?

‘Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea’

What Caine and crew failed to do was execute a plan from start to finish.

Continue reading “End-Point Assessment: Crisis? What Crisis?”

So much rests in the hands of our healthcare professionals. The continued safety and longevity of people in the UK depends on the everyday vigilance of doctors, nurses and support workers. Making sure patients are independent and healthy is the ultimate goal of healthcare. Senior Healthcare Support Workers play a vital role in achieving that goal.

In many cases, the type of care that needs to be provided requires many people working in tandem, with each person fulfilling their roles to the best of their abilities. Some levels of care need sharp coordination and tough leadership in order to provide the right quality of care. Sometimes, particular situations need an individual who can stand out from their team and take the reins to get things done.

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We’re excited to debut this new portal for all of TQUK’s end-point assessment services. This site is a culmination of months of hard work and an exemplification of all the resources we’ve poured into making the very best end-point assessment services available to our customers.

Our new site was designed to be an easy-to-use, all-purpose destination for employers, training providers, learners and anyone else looking for information on our services or on end-point assessment in general. We’d like to thank our partners at Net* for creating this slick new skin for us. It’s going to be a breeze to use!

Take a look around and you’ll see how TQUK has come a long way since we were approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency earlier last year. Since then, we’ve been working hard to make sure a wide range of services to offer. As a result, we’ve been approved to deliver end-point assessment for nine apprenticeship standards (Adult Care Worker, Lead Adult Care Worker, Commis Chef, Hospitality Team Member, Hospitality Supervisor, Business Administrator, Customer Service Practitioner, Team Leader/Supervisor and Operations/Departmental Manager) with several more on the way. Stay glued to our blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to stay abreast of what our newest new service will pop up next.

TQUK, over the past year, has been going from strength to strength. The awarding organisation continues to award and develop fascinating and in-demand qualifications, working with training centres all over the UK. We’ve grown our staff, refined our world-class customer service and moved into our brand new premises. The launch of this website marks yet another milestone of growth.

But at its core, the creation of TQUK EPA was a natural extension of the company’s first principles. We’ve always been dedicated to ensuring people get the best possible education, whether they are in schools, further education or an apprenticeship. We work tirelessly to create the rigorous educational assessment tools with which we harden the rough coals of learners into fine-cut diamonds. Ensuring people get the skills they need (and receive the certificates to prove them) is what we do. It just makes sense.

We’ve already hit the ground running. TQUK was the first EPAO to provide apprentice certification for Hospitality Team Member and Commis Chef apprenticeships with HIT Training and have already secured contracts with several large UK employers to deliver EPA for more apprenticeship standards. We’re looking forward to forging new partnerships across the UK in this new apprenticeship landscape.

We hope you like what you see!

Kelle McQuade, TQUK Head of End-Point Assessment.

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The new apprenticeship standards are designed to improve upon what’s gone before and help with the apprentice’s initial journey into their chosen career, before you know it, they’ll be on the road to success.

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