The launch of Ann Gravells latest book

Philip Morris, EQC Teacher Trainer and Chris Bowles, EQC Director of L&D recently attended the launch of Ann Gravells latest book at her Publishers SAGE in London, at which as well as talking about the book, Ann spoke of her journey to becoming a teacher and an author. From humble beginnings of council house in Scunthorpe, Ann enjoyed Primary school but didn’t like Secondary and thus didn’t do well, leaving with few qualifications, a late developer by her own admission. It was when she went to college to study to be an Hotel Receptionist, because she liked meeting people!) and typist that she learnt lessons that would shape he career to come. You just know that Ann is the cream...

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How safe are we 2017?

It’s that time of year again when the HSE publish their statistics or work-related deaths, injuries and ill health (2016/7). Time to see if collectively we are going in the right direction and think what more do we as companies and individuals need to do. As a wise man once said, “if you don’t measure it, you don’t manage it!” so just before we have a more detailed look, let’s have a go at a cut down version of one of the quizzes we use on our H&S courses.   Have a go at our Quiz [su_table] 31.2 million 14.9 billion 70,116 609,000 137 500,000 [/su_table] Place the number given above that you think is correct statistic for the relevant...

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Health & Safety at Majestic Wine

Health & Safety - Majestic

We have recently finished doing some training for a new client, Majestic Wine, the national wines and drinks retailer. Our first course was a Level 3 Heath and Safety for supervisors (QCF) and Level 2 Risk Assessment course (QCF) at their distribution depo in Hemel Hempstead. This was followed by a day of training for their Project and Facilities Management teams consisting of an update on Construction (Design & Management) Regulation (CDM2015) combined with an Asbestos Awareness course. These were customised courses to meet their specific needs. Both were well received by their staff. We are due to deliver a Level 3 Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (RQF) course and next year a Level 4 Health and Safety in workplace...

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Update to EYFS Paediatric First Aid

The revised Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS) was published on 3 March 2017 and comes into force on 3 April 2017. The revised EYFS is available here. The revised EYFS includes the new paediatric first aid (PFA) training requirements that were announced in July 2016 via the government response to the PFA consultation, including that all newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce with a level 2 or 3 qualification must also have either a full Paediatric First Aid or Paediatric Emergency First Aid certificate within 3 months of starting work. Annex A of the EYFS lists the requirements of both the PFA and PEFA qualifications. The emergency PFA course should be undertaken face-to-face and last for aminimum of 6...

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A great day in the “office”

Sometime you have a day that makes you realise why running a training centre is so worthwhile. For me today was just such a day. We had a group of our current Level 3 Education & Training students in to complete the final day of their course and deliver their micro-teach sessions. We've watched this group develop over the last few weeks on both classroom days and on the eLearning component of their course and today we got to see them put into practice the skills they've developed. I think it's fair to say I've never seen a more varied or interesting range of presentations from a group and I genuinely learned something from each and every presentation. We had:...

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Pub Staff Serve Drinks and Learn to Save Lives

The Staff at the Railway Inn, Portslade spent the day learning to save lives on an Emergency First Aid at work course. The Railway Inn is part of a chain investing in AEDs outside all of there pubs, and these staff were the latest in line to get first aid and AED training to ensure both their customers and the public are safer.

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QCF or RQF whats the difference?

OFQual Logo

Over the last few months you may have noticed that more and more qualifications have had (RQF) at the end of their title. This is slowly replacing the more familiar (QCF) but we've found that many of our learners and customers don't know the difference or the reason for the change. The RQF was launched on the 1st October 2015 by OFQUAL and all awarding organisations must move their qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual to the RQF by 31 December 2017. Some qualifications have already moved, but this work is still in progress and will continue gradually over the next year. What does RQF mean for me as a learner? Simply - very little. The qualifications you take are...

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We’re upgrading our eLearning System

If you've logged into our eLearning system in the last few days, you'll have seen that we are in the middle of upgrading the system. This latest upgrade will make the site easier to navigate, more responsive on all devices including mobile and give a better experience to our students. None of the underlying system has changed so your work will be exactly the same as it was and your progress will remain intact. The new system will be fully implemented by next week. In the mean time please bare with us, the system is still fully functional but may not always look as good as you;re expecting. Drop us a line and let us know what you think and...

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