TQUK was very happy yesterday to receive a visit from our partners at Creative Support!
It was great to have Janet Glentworth, Vocational Centre Manager, and Sophie Welch, Training and Development Assessor, at Dunham House in Sale to show them all our new facilities and discuss all our plans for the future.
Their visit follows hot on the heels of two high profile apprenticeship completions — those of Joe Bailey and Sona Peskin — apprentices that were trained at Creative Support and assessed for their end-point assessment (EPA) by Training Qualifications UK.
Janet and Sophie had a great discussion with Kelle McQuade, TQUK’s Head of EPAO, and Lucy Hall, EPA Coordinator, about the opportunities that lie ahead for EPA and how Creative Support and TQUK can meet them.
Among the things discussed were imminent apprentice registrations and certifications, improving efficiencies and the EPA of our very first apprentice on the Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard.
Janet said of the TQUK-Creative Support partnership: “From the very beginning, TQUK has engaged with us, listened to us and worked with us to obtain a streamlined EPA process from beginning to end. Anything we’ve asked, they facilitated. When they said they were ready, they were ready. Learners have reaped the benefits by attaining Distinctions and Merits, and assessors have reaped the benefits as well as they found the changes [to the assessment process] easier to cope with.
“As a centre manager, I found it easy to use TQUK’s online resources. They were an excellent way of tracking where everyone was, keeping an eye on the quality of the learner’s experience, looking up testimonies and diplomas. It was also very easy to upload evidence — it’s brilliant — even sat on a train, I was able to upload evidence onto the site. That was excellent.
“We hope we will get our first Lead Adult Care Worker through by the end of the month. It will be another first for Creative Support and TQUK.
“We are happy to recommend TQUK to any and all employers and training providers who are looking for an EPAO.”
Kelle McQuade responded in kind: “We’re so very pleased to have partnered with such an amazing company. Our partnership has yielded some great results so far, including several firsts for both companies. Our organisations are growing together and we look forward to the challenges and successes ahead.
“Creative Support has consistently impressed us with their enthusiasm for the whole EPA process. From the beginning, they were eager to make it work for everyone involved. We’re excited to keep working with them and their fantastically trained apprentices.”