Covid 19: Returning to Learning Practical Health & Safety Considerations

GMLPF Member Webinar: Tuesday 9th June 2.00pm to 3.30pm

In connection with returning to working or learning and being Covid-19 secure, GMLPF has engaged a specialist Health and Safety Consultancy, DTD Training who has a good background in the education sector to run a members’ webinar next week. Tudor Williams of DTD will be running the session.

The webinar will be of interest to owners and senior managers, Health and Safety and Safeguarding Leads who wish to ensure that their premises are safe for working and learning. The webinar will focus on the practical steps of ensuring Covid-19 security and will also involve the opportunity for members to ask questions and get advice. As with the recent Ofsted webinar if you have any questions in advance that you’d like answering please send them to [email protected]

To join this FREE webinar, please email [email protected] to request the link.

Ofsted Inspection Survey

GMLPF understands that Ofsted have been e-mailing learning providers to complete an inspection information survey.

The purpose of the survey is to gather information directly from members about your training provision in case they select your provision for an inspection or a monitoring visit during the period April 2019 to March 2020. It is not an indication that Ofsted will inspect or visit you during this period.

Critically, the survey gives you the opportunity to provide Ofsted with information and dates when you feel it is impractical for them to undertake an inspection or monitoring visit. The survey will help Ofsted to plan for the inspection or monitoring visit supplied with accurate and necessary information provided directly by you.

You should have received the e-mail and a unique provider survey link. The deadline for submitting a response to the survey is 11 January 2019. GMLPF would urge all members to respond.

Andrew Collinge Achieve Prestigious Training Award

On Wednesday 15th August Andrew Collinge Hairdressing received the exciting news that they had achieved a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award.

The awards are highly sought after and awarded for commitment to training and the positive impact that staff development has on the business. Other recipients include John Lewis; HMRC; The Royal Airforce & RBS.

The Princess Royal Training Awards is an honour for UK employers that have created lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance.

Training incubator

Andrew Collinge applied for the award in early 2018, with their Graduate salon for newly trained hairdressers at the foundation of the application. Graduate salons allow Andrew Collinge apprentices to build their experience and confidence away from their own places of work.

This training incubator environment is highly effective and impact is clear, with average client bills and business revenue increasing as apprentices grow in confidence. The training programme offers clear succession opportunities when graduates are ready to return to their original salons as fully fledged stylists. Graduate salons encourage innovation and offer exciting opportunities to develop skills and confidence, such as participating at Pro Hair Live; styling models at the JMU fashion show and even showcasing the skills they have developed within Andrew Collinge masterclass events.

Standard of Excellence

48 UK businesses, from a wide range of sectors, achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard of excellence in training in 2018. The announcement follows the adjudication of the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, composed of seven leading figures in the business and learning & development community and HRH The Princess Royal, who is the President of the City & Guilds Group.

Chris Jones, Group Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to all 48 organisations who have achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard of excellence this year. Once again, it is evidence of the very real benefits that investing in staff development can bring to employers, large and small, private, public and not for profit. At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and reduced investment into workforce development it is great to see critical business issues being addressed through L&D investments. Through the Awards we highlight excellent examples of training that have already proved to be effective and we encourage others to build on their success.”

Andrew Collinge are looking forward to receiving this fabulous award at a ceremony to be held at St James Palace, London in October.

Michael John Training Academy Mark 40 Years’ Contribution and Commitment to LCR Success

July 2018 marked 40 successful years of trading for GMLPF Member, Michael John Training Academy. In today’s competitive business environment this is an enviable achievement, and something worthy to celebrate.

Life began back in in 1978, founded by local businessman and entrepreneur Michael Heath. He had the vision to open his first training centre in Seaforth, Liverpool, supporting seven local hairdressing employers.

Over the next 40 years the business has grown to provide services to hundreds of employers in the hair, barbering, beauty and customers services sectors, both locally and throughout the UK.

Student success

During these years 1000s of students have passed through Michael John, many becoming local business owners, taking their apprentices from Michael John, beginning a new cycle of training. A numbers of apprentices have progressed into the education landscape, becoming tutors and lecturers; some have gained employment back at Michael John.

Michael John have also built up and maintained strong relationships with schools, Local Authorities and agencies in delivering bespoke training for both pre-16 and post-16 students.  

We offer a range of City and Guilds qualifications in hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy and customer services.

Championing Liverpool City Region

Company directors, husband and wife team Michael and Christine Heath, are both active members in the community, each having a strong presence in local charities and community projects.

The couple are avid supporters of championing Liverpool as an area for business opportunities and development, with an ongoing commitment to always remain located within the city region.

Fast forward to 2018, Michael John Training Academy is now located in purpose built premises in the heart of Liverpool on Renshaw Street. Their team of highly skilled and experienced staff continue to provide the next generation of Hair, Barbering, Beauty and Customer Service professionals.


tpm steps up to IiP Silver Status

tpm has stepped up another level on its programme of continuous improvement, with the achievement of Investors in People (IiP) 6th Generation Standard – Silver Status

Organisations that reach this challenging standard have to demonstrate they are exceeding the national average with their investment in colleagues. Moving from the standard accreditation, that we previously held, to the silver award is a huge accomplishment.

The award reflects the very high standards of people management and investment at tpm.  Our hard work and dedication has paid off, and the IiP assessor concluded all of our staff to be highly skilled and effective within their roles. And programme delivery, as well as learner and employer engagement skills, were found to be of the highest order.

Above The National Average

The report honed in on the values held by our staff and we soared above the national average measure for ‘adopting the values’. The three cornerstones the assessor was referring to are ‘opportunity’, ‘service’ and ‘excellence’.  The outcome of our assessment was clearly a resounding endorsement of everyone’s efforts.

A theme that came across strongly was the high level of trust within tpm.  It’s great to have an objective opinion on how well our strategy of encouraging staff to address problems and develop solutions is working.

Paula Hayes, Director at tpm says:

“Investing in our own staff on this level benefits everyone including the employers, apprentices and students that we work with. I’m already confident in our staff and this endorsement of our working practices and culture helps highlight the level of excellence we are striving for, and achieving.”

Underpinned With Integrity

The assessor picked up on the integrity of tpm’s staff and this is a theme that underpins the organisation. He concluded the style of leadership at all levels is one of openness and trust. Director Brian Quinn adds:

“Anybody who knows us will appreciate how we encourage and celebrate achievement; recognise and celebrate difference and seek to be supportive and respectful. Across staff and students we encourage responsibly and encourage improvement.  The IiP Silver Award shows this is working. I am so proud of the entire team.”

The assessment officer commented:

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the assessment for their hospitality, honesty, enthusiasm and integrity. I was made to feel very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone. In particular, the work of those acting to manage the assessment and the contributions and support of the senior management team ensured that the assessment was both well managed and well received by all concerned.”

First Ark, Liverpool City Council and Royal Mencap win big at Training Strategies Awards

First Ark, Liverpool City Council and Royal Mencap were amongst the winners big at Training Strategies’ Awards held on Wednesday 4th July.

The ceremony, held at 30 James Street, saw apprentices, employers and learners alike honoured for their dedication to education through Training Strategies’ quality apprenticeships and training programmes for the unemployed.

Training Strategies, Merseyside’s training centre, rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED, is renowned for working with top employers across the city and beyond to help those who are unemployed or exploring how they can expand their skillset.

First Ark and Liverpool City Council were the biggest winners of the night taking home two gongs each.

First Ark, Liverpool’s social impact business, won Best Supporting Employer and the company’s Jason Tighe was awarded the Lifelong Learning award.

Liverpool City Council’s Lynn Ward scooped Business Apprentice of the Year award and Christina O’Neil was honoured with Best Supporting Manager.

Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Gloria Pitso from Royal Mencap, whilst Carlisle scooped New Employer of the Year and Seaforth Radio Cars took home Best Existing Employer.

Apprenticeships manager Barry Dunne said: “I am delighted to honour learners and employers alike for their hardwork and dedication to undertaking and investing in quality training within Liverpool and beyond.

“We’re so passionate about bettering peoples’ skills and both helping those who are unemployed or navigating a career path, as well as working with and top employers to gain reliable, knowledgeable staff so it felt only right that we awarded them. Congratulations to all of the winners and those shortlisted.”

Mayor Joe Anderson, who presented the awards, said: “It was a great honour to present the awards to the deserving students and employers. Training Strategies works tirelessly to equip the city region with key skills and does a fantastic job at it.”

Full list of winners: Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year Gloria Pitso from Royal Mencap

Business Apprentice of the Year Lynn Ward from Liverpool City Council

Best Supporting Employer First Ark

Best Supporting Manger Christina O’Neil from Liverpool City Council

Lifelong Learning Jason Tighe from First Ark

New Employer of the Year Carlisle

Best Existing Employer Seaforth Radio Cars (SRC)

Special Recognition Award Vicky Deakin

Pre-employment Inspirational Learner Harry Misangyi


Gold Standard for Myerscough’s Higher Education Programmes

Myerscough College and University Centre has achieved a prestigious GOLD award in an assessment that highlights excellence in teaching and learning across higher education providers in the UK.

The award has been made by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of the quality of provision in the College’s foundation degree, honours degree and masters study programmes. The TEF Panel judged that Myerscough delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Myerscough is one of only land-based institution in the North to achieve the gold TEF award, meaning Myerscough’s standards are among the highest in the UK.

The TEF report on University Centre Myerscough goes on to say: ‘’Myerscough provides an excellent employer engagement strategy, leading to high rates of employment after graduation.

‘’There is a  highly-valued culture of personalised learning, including small class sizes and high levels of tutor  support, resulting in the highest levels of engagement for all students in order to acquire  knowledge, skills and understanding.’’

The aim of the TEF award is to provide learners with better information about higher education institutions they may wish to study at, as well as recognising and rewarding excellent teaching which meets the needs of industry.

A rating of gold means the institution has demonstrated the highest quality teaching standards and is consistently outstanding in its outcomes for students from all backgrounds, particularly in terms of retention and progression.

Other areas of excellence highlighted by the report include:

  • Full-time student rates of progression to employment or further study are above the provider’s benchmark. Continuation rates are above the provider’s benchmark. Levels of student satisfaction are consistent with the provider’s benchmark for full-time students, and part-time student satisfaction with assessment and feedback is above the provider’s benchmark.
  • A strategic approach to staff development, including a comprehensive teaching observation and an embedded culture that facilities scholarship and research for both staff and students.
  • An outstanding approach to the development of physical and digital resources which enhance the student experience.

The TEF awards are decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas; teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

Chief Executive and Principal, Alison Robinson, said: “Our gold rating is a testament to the quality of our talented teaching staff and the excellent programmes we offer.

‘’Our students graduate not only with a qualification that is highly industry relevant, but with the skills they need to forge a successful career in their chosen field.

 “We do this by working closely with industry partners, to ensure we are preparing students who are fully ‘job ready’, across a wide range of sectors.’’

Mick Cottam, Assistant Principal Higher Education, said: ‘’Many congratulations to all those involved in the teaching and support areas for our HE provision”.

‘’This is a fantastic result for Myerscough and a reflection of the level of support we offer, as well as the student experience and the quality of our teaching.’’

‘’Learners choosing to study at University Centre Myerscough, as well as employers, can be assured that a degree programme with us is a guarantee of the very best level of education in the country.’’

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes. This is the second year for these awards, which are administered by the Office for Students (OfS).

Myerscough College and University Centre offers a range of degree programmes across the land-based and sport sectors, accredited by the University of Central Lancashire. Myerscough is amongst the top UK institutions in the sector for student satisfaction – helped by exceptional resources and a unique countryside location. 98% of Myerscough degree students progress to further study or employment.


Multi million pound education hub completed at Myerscough College

A multi-million pound education hub at Myerscough College’s centre at Croxteth Park on Merseyside has been completed.

The state-of-the-art new Animal and Equine Studies Centre complements the College’s current provision at the site, which has seen the former Glendale council depot on the site transformed into new, expanded teaching facilities. The new-look Myerscough College Croxteth Centre is made up of single-storey buildings sited behind a wall opposite the Home Farm area of the site.

Animal studies

The new training facilities include three animal studies blocks along with stabling, aviaries and pens for goats, alpacas and hens adjacent to the Grade II listed former Laundry House. Two other buildings have been converted for animal housing and dog grooming, and a third for reptiles, amphibians and tropical species, as well as accommodation for staff and students.

The development was granted planning permission back in November, 2016, with work commencing last May. The development enables Myerscough to continue and enhance providing students with a first class environment to deliver quality education and training.

The city council has contributed £500,000 to the scheme by way of a discounted rent on the site over the next 10 years, in addition to £1 million from the College and £2 million from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

State of the art facilities

John Wherry, Deputy Principal Resources, Myerscough College, says: “It’s an exciting time for the College and these new buildings meet the changing educational needs of our students. The new complex includes state of the art facilities which will allow for us to continue developing our students to their full potential.”

Helen Eaton, Myerscough’s Assistant Principal for Liverpool said: “Myerscough Liverpool was first established in 1999 in partnership with the city council and over time we have developed to provide a range of courses at Croxteth Park.

“We’ve worked closely with Glendale for a number of years and have been their sole training provider for almost a decade and so taking control of their depot is the next logical step of what will hopefully further enhance our education offer to the students of Merseyside.

“We carried out a review of our facilities at Croxteth Park before submitting our plans and developing this area of the park is the most viable and cost effective.

‘’Thank you to everyone who has supported us in making this happen.

‘’The building and the resources within the new centre are phenomenal and it is certainly a massive improvement on the old facilities that were based within the farm area. It is the only resource of its kind in Merseyside and we are already seeing an increase in applications from students who wish to study at Croxteth.’’

GMLPF’s CEO Ian Lomas offered congratulations to Myerscough College on its new facilities:

“Myerscough College’s new training centre means that more individuals will be able to access the wide range of excellent courses in animal care and equine studies offered by this leading learning establishment.”

FIT UK help Michael start on ladder to bright future

12 months ago, Michael was unemployed and struggling to find work. He had a keen interest in the fitness industry however he found it difficult to find appropriate opportunities until he was introduced to FIT UK through Volair leisure trust in Knowsley.

FIT UK who work in partnership with Volair, were recruiting enthusiastic and motivated individuals interested in careers in the fitness industry, offering them a course to gain the the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing, funded through the Adult Education Budget.  

Full time job

Michael did not hesitate to enrol onto the 16-week course. After he  completed the course, Alan Reddin, Business Development Director at FIT UK spoke to Volair about Michael, as he had proved to be an exceptional candidate. As a result, only a few weeks after Michael qualified, he was interviewed by Volair and offered a full time job as a fitness instructor. He is now gaining invaluable industry experience and will be progressing with FIT UK onto the L3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Personal Training.

Alan Reddin FIT UK Director said “Michael was an excellent student who just needed to be given an opportunity in an industry he was so enthusiastic about. Our tutor informed me of Michael’s ability, knowledge and understanding of the fitness instructor role, pointing out he would be an asset to any gym. This is why I approached Volair and asked them if they could offer Michael an interview. We are very pleased Michael has gained employment in an area he enjoys, and we will support him as best we can through this journey”.

Sysco announce Apprenticeship Award winners

GMLPF member, Sysco, recently announced their Apprentice and Employer of the Year awards. Apprentice of the Year is Kaitlyn Brown, a customer service apprentice with Kindfulness Coffee Club in Bootle, whilst Sysco Apprentice Employer of the Year is Adactus Housing Group.

Kindfulness Coffee Club are a small business based in Bootle who offer support to local individuals who are dealing with bereavement, mental health issues or struggling to make ends meet. They run a wide range of groups and services, such as Mindfulness and Walk and Talk, used by all ages that benefit emotional and social wellbeing. The café is quickly becoming a community hub and provides people with a hot drink and a friendly ear for their troubles.


Kaitlyn, pictured above with customers, has had an exceptional impact during the time she has been with the club. Due to her role being so specialist, her training was extended to include Safeguarding and Suicide prevention so that she can provide the right support to individuals who require it. Kaitlyn feels that her Apprenticeship “turned out to be so much more than a Customer Service certificate”.

Career progression

Employer of the Year, Adactus Housing Group, has recently merged with New Charter Housing Group to form a new organisation called Jigsaw. Several of their apprentices nominated them for the way they recognise and meet the needs of their apprentices, and for the career progression support they offer.