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Government Funding levels 2011/12

11 Feb 2011

With all the news on cut backs in spending on education following the comprehensive Spending Review, guidance for the coming year is now starting to filter through.

Wttl are pleased to announce we have indicative funding levels for the period of close to £1 million. The funding agencies have made it clear that Apprenticeship delivery is a priority, for all ages, and our offer will include frameworks covering Driving Goods Vehicles, Warehouse Operations, Traffic Office Operations and a new Logistics Operations qualification. These frameworks remain fully funded for 16-18 year olds and employer contributions are expected for delivery to 19+.

News of the demise of Train to Gain appears premature although changes in eligibility criteria may prove restrictive with priority going to employers of less than 250 employees and only first full level 2 qualifications being fully funded.

Wttl do still have funds available immediately, so if you are interested in using any of the above qualifications to implement DCPC or other training projects then please give us a call.

Employer Forum

8 Feb 2011

Since January 2010 Wttl have been working with a group of our employer clients to develop a set of courses linked to key training that the group felt is required by the Sector. As a result of this input Wttl can now offer:

A revised delivery of our Driving Goods Vehicle Apprenticeship.

A 5 day Level 3 Logistics Supervisory Course due to be launched in April.

A 4 day Level 2 Traffic Office Course planned for delivery in March.

Each of these courses has been mapped to the relevant qualifications available and may qualify for funded delivery.

For more information on these projects or future form events please click on the links above or call us on 0800 600 9598.

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7 Feb 2011

Over the past 5 years of Train to Gain our Sector was beginning to recognise the value of the Logistics qualifications and the training that could be incorporated in their delivery. Therefore change was always likely, and this time maybe for the better. Skills for Logistics appear to have taken the opportunity to update many of their products. For those familiar with the NVQ standards the new QCF certificates will appear familiar and more user friendly and include:

Driving Goods Vehicles; broken into 4 pathways to identify the vehicle type the driver is competent using.

Warehousing & Storage; a more flexible qualification with reference to individual items of mechanical handling equipment used in a warehouse environment.

Traffic Office Level 2 and Level 3, some of the criteria no longer generally performed by Traffic staff have been withdrawn.

Logistics Operations; a level 3 supervisory award for those required to supervise the logistics functions.

Please click on the individual subjects above to view the full qualification standards.

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Driver CPC Picks Up Pace

25 Jan 2011

This month the Driving Standards Agency have released figures relating to the number of drivers undertaking Driver CPC Periodic Training and those already completing their first 35 hour cycle.
The figures are already showing a few trends.  2008/9 shows a slow start with 430,000 hours of training delivered and 1469 drivers completing all 35 hours in the period. Many of these completers will be bus drivers, due to the regulation starting a year earlier for them.  However, with only 141 drivers requesting their Driver Qualification card for PCV it would appear many may still wish to drive LGV.
2009/10 was the first period to fully include LGV drivers and training hours increased to 1.5 million with an additional 6274 drivers applying for DQC.
2010/11 has seen training hours almost double in the first six months, and it would appear that more employers and drivers are taking the one day a year training option.  This doubling of training hours is not reflected in the number DQC applications being applied for with 4270 issued so far this period.
Whichever option you choose, it is clear you could do with planning your training now, as there are providers out there that could see your need as a quick buck and prices increasing unscrupulously as demand rises!

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Race Across America Marathon

12 Jan 2011

With the news that Barney was taking a year out from trekking across the country to raise funds for Help for Heroes, Wttl was left looking for someone else up for a similar challenge so that we could continue our support for the charity.

The answer came in the form of 47AD Squadron based at Lyneham who are looking to compete in a 3000 mile cycle relay race from the West to East coasts of America, starting on the 18th June 2011. Prior to that the team of 8 cyclists and their support team will be busy training and fund raising.

The 2009 team completed the race in just over 6 days and raised over £5000. So the target has been set for 47AD Squadron to beat! Details of the event can be found on: www.madraam.webs.com/aboutus.htm and donations can be accepted via www.justgiving.com/47ad-raam

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Latest Apprentices

12 Dec 2010

Since the Skills Funding Agency announced the shift of training priorities away from Train to Gain toward Apprenticeships, Wttl have been working with employers to explore the benefits of the Apprenticeship in terms of recruiting youngsters or upskilling existing employees via an adult apprenticeship.

The popularity of the programmes has resulted in induction days in October and November being fully subscribed with employers from as far afield as Bridgwater & Redditch (Langdon Industries), Gloucester (Richard Read Transport), Gillingham (Dextra Group) along with our local clients Wadworths and Curry’s Motors all keen to develop staff via the available frameworks.