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We use this page to share our news, thoughts, ideas and stories on learning, apprenticeships, safeguarding and mental health.

Meet our new business administration apprentice

Whitney, 24, is the newest apprentice to join our Training Now team, working towards her level 3 business administration apprenticeship. As well as providing social care, education and business apprenticeships to employers across the country, we welcome our own apprentices, working in our head office on the Isle of Portland. Two months into her placement […]

Training Now welcomes Tara Roudiani as Managing Director

At the start of December, Training Now welcomed Tara Roudiani to the Managing Director’s chair. Tara brings with her over 24 years of experience in teaching and learning, beginning her career in education at the age of 26 as a support worker for a deaf learner at Bournemouth Arts University. Since then she has worked […]

Our new functional skills tutoring for apprentices

Training Now has launched a new program of functional skills tutoring sessions for apprentices. If you are currently doing an apprenticeship with Training Now and need support studying for your functional skills qualification in Mathematics, you can join our free, face-to-face sessions. The online video call meetings take place every Tuesday and Friday between 6 […]

Staff training: How Training Now supported Agincare’s new international recruitment initiative

Last month, Training Now supported Agincare International by providing a bespoke two-week staff training program to five new employees from India. Shortly before their arrival in October, Agincare International, the global recruitment arm of Agincare, approached Training Now for a combination of mandatory and tailored courses to their new job role within Agincare. Tailored program […]

Saira’s Care Worker Apprenticeship: A Success Story

Saira, 34, has recently completed her Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship (level 3) with Agincare. Over the past two years, Saira has combined studying with a career as a Home Care Assistant as well as taking care of her three children at home. Having now achieved her end point assessment, we caught up with Saira […]

Tackling sexual harassment in the workplace

Research carried out in 2020 by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows sexual harassment is still a serious problem in some UK workplaces: According to the CIPD four percent of employees said they had been sexually harassed at work over the past three years. Women are significantly more likely than men to […]

On/off-the-job training explained!

At Training Now we have changed the name of ‘off-the-job training’ to ‘on-the-job training’. We want to make it clearer for everyone what this really is and means. You may also hear it called ‘OTJ’ for short. An apprenticeship is a job with a formal programme of training. An apprenticeship is a work-based programme. The […]

“I feel I’ve learnt so much”

We caught up with Liliana Macieira who shared her apprenticeship experience with us – thank you Liliana! “I have worked in the care industry for over seven years. I am passionate about care and have been lucky enough to learn new skills and knowledge as part of my career progression. “Training Now has enabled me […]

New report into reporting harmful online content

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published ‘Through These Walls’, its annual report into harmful online content. The report sets out that 2020 saw a steep rise in harmful content during the coronavirus pandemic. It also highlights that more and more people are aware of how to identify and raise incidents with an official dispute […]

The sky’s the limit! Hearing from two of our apprentices

We love catching up with our apprentices, hearing how they’re getting on, and making sure they know about all the support we can offer them… We caught up with Adela Sandu who spoke to us about her experience on the apprenticeship programme. ‘I am working hard to finish my Level 2. This apprenticeship with Training […]

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Need careers advice? We’re here to help.

We’re encouraging all our apprentices to book a session with our careers adviser, Andrea Sanchez. Whether you’re starting from scratch with your CV or could just do with a few pointers on your interview technique, Andrea is here to help you. You’ll benefit from Andrea’s extensive careers advice experience and his friendly, supportive approach. It’s […]

Safer Internet Day 2021

Today is Safer Internet Day and we’re sharing tips and advice on how you and your family can stay safe online. Globally, extremists use misinformation to influence, groom and recruit children and young and vulnerable people. And in the past 12 months, the coronavirus pandemic has really brought home to us how easy it is […]

First Aid for Mental Health training courses

We are now offering First Aid for Mental Health training courses and qualifications. The courses cover an overview of different mental ill-health conditions and how to provide support to individuals who are having a mental health crisis. The FAA Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health – Level 1 is a four-hour (half-day) […]

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Connecting with young people this Christmas

This has been a most peculiar year, particularly for our mental health. We’re living under tight restrictions on seeing people face-to-face, and have had to adjust how we keep in touch with people – our family, friends, and work colleagues. Some people have found a transition to FaceTime or Zoom calls and conversations easy to […]

Standing together against terrorism in our communities

At Training Now we take the safety and welfare of our apprentices seriously. Read how we support the Government’s Prevent strategy on our Safeguarding page. We also set out our commitment to providing an environment that values our apprentices, learners, visitors and staff. Our commitment to safeguarding We are committed to ensuring that you are […]

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Quick-thinking social care apprentice saves man’s life

Emergency first aid training proved invaluable for a Training Now social care apprentice when she came to the aid of a man having a heart attack in the street. Soreya Kia is a member of Agincare’s Christchurch home care team. She is currently a social care apprentice doing her Health and Social Care Level 3 […]

Is an earn while you learn apprenticeship worth it?

There’s no doubt that doing an earn while you learn apprenticeship is a commitment. You’ll be studying while working and you’ll definitely need the support of your family. But completing an apprenticeship also shows your current and prospective employers that you have dedication and determination to develop yourself, both as a person and in your […]

Staying safe online

Last year the BBC reported that people in the UK lost more than £190,000 a day as a result of cyber-crime. Police statistics show that 13,357 people in the UK reported cyber crimes over six months. Many had their social media and email accounts hacked. Tips for staying safe online A big part of staying safe online […]

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Mental health training to support others

Recently, around World Mental Health Day, we’ve been shining the spotlight on mental health training and support during the global coronavirus pandemic. Mental health is often a topic that we don’t like to discuss, but COVID-19 has put many of us under pressure. Restrictions, lockdowns and guidelines have fundamentally changed how we do things every day. […]

Dementia training on World Alzheimer’s Day

This World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September) the Alzheimer’s Society is urging people to become Dementia Friends, access dementia training and understand the small ways we can all help. Every September, World Alzheimer’s Month (WAM) is an international campaign highlighting the issues faced by people living with, and affected by, dementia. The WAM theme this year […]

Suicide Prevention Day 2020: working together to prevent suicide

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and we’re being encouraged by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) to work together on mental health to prevent suicide. In 2018 deaths by suicide rose by 10.9% in the the UK. That meant that there were 6,507 suicides in the UK in 2018. Samaritans IASP is encouraging […]

Fast learners – delivering social care training during COVID

The COVID-19 global pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on all our lives, including the social care, business and education training we deliver here at Training Now. But we’re fast learners, and we adapted quickly. During lockdown our training went online, still delivered by our expert Teaching and Learning Coaches (TALCs). And now we’re happy to say that […]

Managing your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Whether you’re working from home, social distancing or self-isolating during this coronavirus pandemic your personal physical, emotional and mental health is far more important than anything else right now. You may be feeling anxious or stressed, and that’s completely normal. Simple steps to take to support your wellbeing The Mental Health UK website outlines some […]

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Modern slavery is closer than you think

Modern slavery covers all forms of slavery, trafficking and exploitation. Trafficking includes transporting, recruiting or harbouring an individual with a view to them being exploited. Modern slavery crimes may involve, or take place alongside, a wide range of abuses and other criminal offences such as grievous bodily harm, assault, rape or child sexual abuse. Download […]

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Congratulations Bradley!

Here at Training Now we love to congratulate our learners and celebrate their achievements. Bradley recently completed his apprenticeship in social care. We caught up with him to find out how it feels to have achieved his apprenticeship, and how he found the learning journey… Carrying out my apprenticeship in healthcare has opened my eyes […]

Coronavirus: safety tips for survivors of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical – it’s a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour, that can also be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual. Abuse is a choice a perpetrator makes and isolation is already used by many perpetrators as a tool of control. Domestic abuse help and resources If you need help recognising the […]

Managing your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Whether you’re social distancing or self-isolating you may be feeling anxious or stressed during this time, and that’s completely normal. The Mental Health UK website outlines some simple steps you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Talking to each other and supporting one another is important for mental wellbeing at all […]

PPE guidance for frontline staff

The Government website provides specific and useful information for care workers working in care homes and in the community on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sexual harassment in the workplace: International Women’s Day

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, ‘Generation Equality’, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, […]

The new curriculum

Introducing our new curriculum, off-the-job training, safeguarding and Prevent, and our employer survey.