Foundation Learning Programme has introduced a Learner of the month award whereby through hard work, attittude and achievement learners can earn a cash prize.
Congratulations to Josh Savory and Henry Etheridge who are the first learners to win learner of the month for November and have each earnt a cash prize.
Its always nice to be asked for your opinion and even nicer when your reponse is heeded. IMI Awards are quoting Norfolk Training Services Lead Motor Vehicle Engineering IV, Mike Grant, on their new banner designed for use at Skills Shows. NTS has had a long and fruitful relationship with the IMI going back to 1995 and both Mike and his contacts at IMI Awards assure us that there was no prompting of any kind involved. This is what the banner looks like:
STOP PRESS 2 additional cars will be present for the Go Motor Sport event on 21st November 2012: 2 NTS learners from the Schools Consortium will bring their “Bangers” for the day. They are both registered drivers and are keen to show off their machines to their classmates.
Following last year's successful visit by Go Motor Sport, Motor Vehicle Instructor and part-time motor racing marshall Mike Wright has arranged for them to visit again on the 21 November 2012, this time with an additional car. The cars on show will be a Ginetta G40, a Mk 1 Ford Escort rally car and another racing car and motorsport fans will be able to get close to these performance cars in a way only normally available during a visit to the pits at a race track.
This is what the Ginetta G40 looks like:
Mike is also planning to hold a Pit Stop Challenge alongside this event. The challenge involves teams of 2, 3 or 4 people, removing and refitting wheels on the specially- prepared Ford Escort under strictly-timed conditions. He would like as many learners and Pit Stop Teams to take part as possible. Those wish to register their team should contact Mike at NTS. The Pit Stop Challenge is open to all staff and learners at NTS FLs, Schools and Apprentices and not just those from Motor Vehicle. Photos from the last Pit stop Challenge are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nts_images/.
Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North arrived at NTS right on time on Thursday 11th October 2012. She was met by James Mason, Commercial Director, Caroline Baldwin, Finance Director and Julie Strachan, Placement/Recruitment Manager. After introductions to other members of staff, coffee, presentation of her own personal visitor badge and some explanation about what NTS has to offer to learners and employers, Chloe was shown around the Centre by Neil Mason, Area Training Representative, and Paul Keswick, Senior Training Manager. Chloe saw all of the training activities and met a number of learners and instructional staff, many of whom were very pleased to explain the finer points of the particular skill sector.
After the tour, Chloe met with 2 of the Norfolk Training Services staff who have gone thorough the Apprenticeship system, Calvin Goodson who has graduated from Apprenticeship to Area Training Representative and Lil MacCormack who is her first year of an Apprenticeship. They both gave Chloe an account of the process and how it had helped them to become established in a career. There followed a general discussion about Apprenticeships and how they can help young people to obtain sustainable employment and the opportunities that exist in Norfolk.
We hope that Chloe enjoyed her short visit and assure her of a warm welcome anytime that she wishes to call again. Here are some photos from the visit:
Norfolk Training Services Ltd is delighted to be hosting a visit by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith on Thursday 11th October 2012. Chloe last visited us in the company of Chris Grayling MP when he was the Minister responsible for the Work Programme of which NTS is a sub-contractor. On this occasion, we hope to show off the full range of our activities across Schools Provision, Foundation Learning, Apprenticeships, Logistics training and training programmes for the unemployed as well as the Work Programme.
Norfolk Training Services Ltd is very pleased to have been awarded a 3-year contract for the provision of training for ADR licences for drivers employed by Anglian Water. The award was made following a tender process conducted by Anglian Water. ADR licences are required by drivers who drive vehicles carrying hazardous goods in packages and in tanks. Licences are granted by the DVLA following attendance at a prescribed training course and passing a suite of exams. NTS has been providing training for ADR licences for over 20 years and prides itself on a continuous 95% pass rate.
Careers information and advice in the spotlight
Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, Chair of the National Careers Council is putting the spotlight on careers information and advice for young people and adults in England.
Highlighting where young people (and adults) can access information on career options and opportunities, Dr Hughes said: "There is evidence that there is a link between career goals and educational attainment, with young people who have clear career goals more likely to believe they have some control over their future. Likewise, young people with better career exploration skills are more positive about their post-16 and post-18 choices. Having access to good quality careers information and advice, especially around exam results time, is crucial. The National Careers Council is working with the National Careers Service and the wider careers support market to find out what works best and where there are any existing gaps in provision that need to be addressed."
The National Careers Council, created in May 2012, provides advice to government on a strategic vision for the National Careers Service and allied career support services as key economic drivers for business growth and opportunities in learning and work. In doing so, the Council will champion a future direction for careers services that draws on leading-edge developments to ensure high quality provision.
For further help and support, young people can speak to an impartial adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or web-chat online at nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk, from 8am to 10pm daily. Facebook and Twitter are updated daily with useful careers information and links to the tools that can help you get on in work and life.
On the 20 July 2012, a large number of NTS learners gathered in one of our Motor Vehicle Technology workshops to take part in and spectate at the NTS Pit Stop Challenge 2012. The teams of 2, 3 and 4 members competed to swop front wheels to the rear of the vehicle on both sides under strict conditions. The event was scrutinised by Michael Wright, one of the NTS Norwich centre tutors. Michael is a serious motor-sport fan and a member of the British Motorsport Marshals Club. The stop-watch was controlled by Steve Beales. The competition was stiff and some close times times were recorded.
The teams that took part were:
The results were as follows:
Photos of the event can be seen by visiting our Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nts_images/
We were very pleased to be informed today that Norfolk Training Services Ltd provided Driver CPC Periodic Training to the the most drivers in the UK during the month of June under the RTITB Masterdriver CPC Consortium. We are very proud of our Driver CPC Periodic Training offer and being part of the RTITB Masterdriver Consortium has played no small part in our success. Drivers can be assured of the quality of the Periodic Training that they receive on this programme.
But a word of warning: nationally, only 63% of LGV drivers have started their Driver CPC training and the clock is ticking. It is already estimated that over 120,000 LGV drivers will not have gained the required 35 hours when time runs out on 10th September 2014. So, take a look at our offer - click here. Then, when you have decided which elements of the programme you wish to book, click here to book online.
Norfolk Training Services Ltd is delighted to be involved with the latest Goverment initiative to help young people of 16 and 17 years of age who find themslves without an opportunity to gain education, employment and training. TCHC will be the prime provider for the East of England for the initiave with NTS in the role of sub-contractor.
There are many training and support programmes available at present for young people who find themselves in this situation as there is general recognition that, in current economic circumstances, they stand to lose out and have their futures endangered. But it can difficult to get the information to them. This initiative will put money where it can be of most use to young people. The full text of the Deputy Prime Minister's announcement can be accessed by clicking here
The Norfolk Training Services logistics training online bookng system is now live. Drivers wishing to register for Driver CPC and ADR courses can now book online and pay either via their Paypal account or by credit or debit card - 24/7. Take a look at our Logistics and Driver Training Section and follow the link
We will be running a 5-day ITSSAR forklift instructor re-registration training course commencing on 18th June 2012. Interetsed candidates should contact Cheryl Wright on (01603) 259900 ext 211 whilst we still have some places left to fill.
We are very pleased to have signed up our first 10 Logistics Apprentices this week. All are parcel delivery drivers for a world-wide company and will be undertaking the Delivering Goods route. We intend this to be the first of many as we believe that the Logistics Apprenticeship is currently undervalued in this region.
We are very pleased that we have been awarded Registered Provider status for the new National Skills Academy Logistics. The Academy is operated by the Sector Skills Council for the logistics industry - Skills for Logistics - and has the backing of the Government though its licencing. The aim of the academy is to provide a full range of skills to individuals and organistaions in the logistics industry. Norfolk Training Services Ltd is pleased to be playing its part in this endevour as the Logistics industry employs many people in the East of England and raising skill levels can only improve the service offered by the industry and thereby increase its impact on the eceonomy of the region. Look out for the logo:
Congratulations to our Logistics Instructor, Mark Waterfield, who passed his DSA Instructor Registration qualification.
Transport Managers and operators who are intending to take exams for the Certificate of Professional Competence in Logistics Operations will be interested in the following update from OCR:
Exam body updates rules on transport training
One of the leading UK qualification-awarding bodies has announced details of changes to the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) for transport managers, which it offers on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT). Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) Examinations explains that new CPC qualifications will be available from March 2012 when CPCs in both Road Haulage and Passenger Transport will consist of a single multiple choice assessment and a single case study assessment. In a change from previous practice, the latter will no longer be issued in advance. “Instead,” OCR said, “a shorter, more relevant scenario will be issued with the papers at the start of the two-hour assessment. This shorter case study will contain no distractions and will only contain information which will enable the candidate to demonstrate application of the knowledge they have acquired.” An additional change to the case study is that it will now only assess the core areas and it has been simplified so that there will be no sections A and B; candidates will need to achieve 50% over the whole paper to pass.
There will be between 5 and 8 questions, with each worth between 7 and 12 marks and 60 marks being available in total. The two-hour multiple choice assessment will be available as a quarterly, paper-based test from March 2012. From June, it will also be available on screen and on demand, allowing candidates to sit or re-sit an assessment at a convenient time. They will also receive their results more quickly. More details are available on the OCR website: www.ocr.org.uk/download/kd/ocr_60297_kd_vrq_factsheet.pdf.
Drivers and Transport Operators who are keeping a watching brief on Driver CPC will find the following update from Croners of interest:
Drivers struggle to meet EU training deadline
It is established that the most pressing problem faced by transport operators (TOs) is the cost of fuel, but moving rapidly up their list of worries is the increasingly pressing need to comply with EU requirements on driver training. By September 2014, all lorry drivers in Europe must have completed 35 hours of training in compliance with requirements under the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
Latest figures from the Driving Standards Agency show, however, that the number of qualified heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers could be well short of the 35-hour mark approaching the 2014 deadline. Although there has been a demonstrable improvement in the uptake of Driver CPC, particularly during 2011, there is, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned, “a reducing window of opportunity” and much greater efforts are needed. Assuming that drivers should spread their training evenly by undertaking 7 hours a year for 5 years, the FTA has determined that the current shortfall stands at 46%. It highlights an annual driver employment churn in some sectors of up to 20% as one of the main reasons why the industry has been reluctant to invest in compulsory training. Isobel Harding, FTA’s National Training Manager, said: “Tough trading conditions, high fuel costs and traditionally slim profit margins mean that budgets are stretched across the industry; it is therefore understandable that uptake has been sluggish.”
Awareness of these training obligations is high, she continued, but, given that there is a good chance that by the time the deadline comes around their drivers might be working elsewhere, TOs are understandably reluctant to be the ones making the training investment. This means that the industry will soon be facing a drastic shortfall in the number of legally qualified HGV drivers.
Comment: At Norfolk Training Services Ltd., we have always maintained that arranging Driver CPC Periodic Training early in the 5-year cycle will pay dividends when the shortage of training places really begins to bite. Whilst it is understandable that companies, in particular, are reluctant to spend money for which they will gain no return, the risk is far outweighed by the danger that, on 11th September 2014, their wagons will be parked up in the yard because drivers will be breaking the law by driving professionally without a DQC. Equally, drivers who are responsible for their own Periodic Training risk not being able to earn without their DQC. Driver CPC is not going away!
Watch out for our new online booking system, coming soon. From February 2012, drivers will be able to book courses online and pay for them using a credit or debit card.
With only a few weeks to go until changes take place in the Operator CPC, it seems timely to remind operators and transport managers of the options open to them. The following is an abstract from the examining board's (OCR) information.
Update on the future of the Certificate of Professional Competence
OCR is committed to offering the CPC after the expiry of current legislation on
Update on three important items about the future of the CPC, as set down by the new legislation and also by the Department for Transport:
Changes to grandfather rights.
The Board of Directors of Norfolk Training Services Ltd is very pleased to receive the Ofsted report following their inspection in August 2011. The company has been classified at Grade 2 for the Overall Effectiveness of Provision.
In summary, the Ofsted inspectors said that, ‘NTS is a good training provider. Outcomes for learners are good. Learners achieve their qualifications satisfactorily and make good improvements in their confidence and personal development. Learners enjoy their courses and gain good vocational skills that greatly improve their future career prospects. The quality of the training provision is good. Training, assessment and coaching from NTS staff and employers are good. Learners feel safe and staff promote equality and diversity’.
The provision was inspected across the full range of NTS’ activities including Apprenticeships for 16-18 year old learners (the company’s most successful programme), Apprenticeships for learners over 19 years old and Foundation Learning, which despite being in its first year of operation has proved very successful for learners taking part.
The full inspection can be accessed by following this link:
30th August 2011
Today, we have been very pleased to welcome the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, the Minister for Work and Pensions to Norfolk Training Services Ltd. Mr Grayling came to speak to clients on the Work Programme. He observed a Customer Advisor developing a focused action plan, one of the initial stages in supporting unemployed customers back to work.
Annette Belson, Operations Director, said that she was delighted to welcome the minister to our centre and that " as Norfolk's leading private sector training company we are pleased to work in partnership with Seetec to deliver the Government's new Work Programme". She continued, " although it is early days, local firms are already seeing the benefits of job-ready candidates who can gain valuable work experience prior to consideration for permanent work. This is particularily true of the retail and warehousing sector, traditional strength areas in Norwich and Norfolk. The aim of our staff is to widen the appeal of the Work Programme to all areas of employment and improve on our pleasing initial success rates"
Our picture shows Chris Grayling MP, Minister for Work and Pensions, and Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North being welcomed by Richard Belson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Norfolk Training Services Ltd and Annette Belson, Operations Director.
25th August 2011
As the first year of our Foundation Learning programme draws to a close, many of our learners have recently received certificates having succeeded in achieving their qualifications at Award, Certificate and Diploma levels. Annette Belson, our Operations Director, recently presented qualifications to a number of our Foundation Learners and our photograph shows Steven Parker, Stuart Dorrell and Oliver Courtenay-Smith receiving their certificates. Annette said, "we are very proud our Foundation Learners who have had a very successful first year on the programme and we are sure that many of them will go on to have very succesful careers in their chosen occupational field. For may young people Norfolk Training Services' Foundation Learning programme offers an opportunity to gain qualifications that they might not otherwise achieve".
8th June 2011
16th May 2011
Many congratulations to Emma Barwick, our Senior Accounts Assistant, who has retained her position as Norfolk County Discus Champion. The competition took place at the Norfolk County Championships held at King's Lynn on 15th May 2011. Emma has been County champion on a number of occasions at different age levels and thoroughly enjoys competing and, especially, winning.
13th May 2011
Norfolk Training Services Ltd is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a contract as Seetec's only 'End-to-End' broker for the Work Programme in the East of England. The work Programme is the Government's flag-ship policy to support unemployed people into work. Seetec will deliver the Work Programme across the East of England using a 'Prime Contractor' model delivering a portion of the contract themselves through their own existing, established delivery infrastructure and sub-contracting the remainder to their supply chain of pre-selected organisations. Norfolk Training Services' success in partnering the delivery of Flexible New Deal will will provide us with the experience and drive to contribute to the success of the Work Programme.
11th May 2011
We have recently been joined by a new Senior Training Manager, Paul Keswick. Paul has taken over responsibility for training at Norfolk Training Services Ltd. managing the Apprenticeship programmes from induction to qualification. Having a strong background in training, he will be contributing to our continued improvement and success in Work-based Learning.
Paul was born and brought up in Taunton Somerset and trained as an agricultural engineer traveling the area repairing equipment with an apprentice. He joined Cannington College as an engineering technician then moved to Hampshire as a lecturer in engineering/short course coordinator. Then, moved to a Hereford college as head of department /Resources manager and WBL coordinator and finally a position with Coleg Gwent as Curriculum Development Manager which reviewed new curriculum developments, implementation and planning.
7th April 2011
We recently held a prize-giving event at our King's Lynn Centre for Motor Vehicle Technology learners. The awards were presented by out Operations Director, Annette Belson, who praised the standard of work achieved by all. here is a photgraph of the successful learners.
1st March 2011
This is the first picture of our new box trailer. Watch out for it around the city and the county.
Using this trailer and car or customers's van, we can provide training for a Category B+E licence. If you passed your driving test after December 1996, you will have received a Category B licence. Prior to then, a basic driving licence included Category B+E and C1 in addition to B. Having a Category B+E licence can help when it comes to employment as well as being of use for hobbies and DIY. If you would like to know more about B+E training, contact us on (01603) 259900 Ext 211 or go online at www.norfolktrainingservices.co.uk today
1st March 2011
Jayne Digby, our Secretary to the Directors, has recently achieved an Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration. Jayne is shown (right) receiving her award from Operations Director, Annette Belson, who said that Jayne had worked very hard for the award and it was richly deserved.
17th February 2011
We held our annual prize-giving event at our King's Lynn centre yesterday. It was great to see some really hard-working and enthusiastic young people receiving recognition for their efforts. watch out for photos from the event when we post them.
We are nearing the end of a very successful National Apprenticeship 2011 event. The week started with a 'job swap' between one of our Apprentices working at Jarrolds in Norwich. Emma Bear, a Retail Team Leader, swapped jobs with Jarrolds' Managing Director, Peter Mitchell. The roles will be reversed today (Thursday) when Emma attends Peter's planning meetings. Throughout the week we have been running 'open house' Information, Advice and Guidance sessions during which young people, their parents and employers have visited us and been shown around the premises and received help with making important decisions about their future. We hope that there will be continued interest in Apprenticeships throughout 2011 as they are vitally important for our young people's future and that of the economy.
Watch out for the first edition of of new our e-magazine, Apprenticeship Matters.
Our new Foundation learning Programme is underway and learners are progressing well. The vocational course are proving popular. Learners have access to functional skills and personal social development, which employers fully encourage.
If you would like more information or you are interested in joining the course, please phone us today on 01603 259900
We have recently been approved by CAA (Construction Award Alliance) as an approved NVQ centre for QUA762 Plant Operations Level 2 - Plant Operator.
We are also pleased to announce that Norfolk Training Services Ltd is an approved centre for the new DCPC (Drivers Certificate of Professional Competence) for both bus and truck drivers.
Welcome to our new website, www.norfolktrainingservices.co.uk, where we have added extra course features and useful information which means you can now see more information about our training courses in the Eastern region and take advantage of the downloadable pdfs on the site.
NTS are currently working alongside these local leading companies to assist them with their training needs, and has received some great feedback:
‘We have always received an excellent level of service from Norfolk Training Services. The courses offered give people of all ages a new-found confidence and assist those who are new to the industry with the skills and the knowledge they require to further their career.’