Ofsted workshops a great success

In response to demand from members, GMLPF recently held two Ofsted workshops. The first, Ofsted for Beginners was designed for learning providers who are Ofsted novices including:

  • those who are new on register of training providers, either new to the industry or former sub-contractors
  • subcontractors subject to inspection due to relationship with prime
  • staff in providers who are new or know little about Ofsted even though the provider has experience

The workshop was delivered by Jackie Shopland-Reed, Ofsted inspector and owner/director of Apprenticeship provider Lite Ltd. It focussed on types of inspection, what to expect from each, structure and components, how to prepare and other key areas.

The second workshop, Ofsted for Experienced Providers, was delivered by Ofsted inspector, Kath Townsley,  in association with QLS, and targeted those providers who had knowledge and previous experience of the Ofsted process. The workshop looked at

  • Recent changes to the Further Education & Skills Inspection Handbook
  • Key areas providers are tripping up on in inspection
  • Emerging themes

There was also the opportunity for delegates to get individual feedback on their SARs.

Both workshops were extremely well received with all delegates rating them as very good or excellent. The knowledge and training ability of both trainers was rated as excellent.

Offering two workshops for different categories of provider is reflective of GMLPF’s current drive to tailor our member services to meet individual organisations’ needs.

First Veterinary Nurse to Win City & Guilds Medal of Excellence

An outstanding student who completed an Apprenticeship with GMLPF member Lite Ltd has become the first veterinary nurse ever to win the City and Guilds Medal of Excellence.

Emma Turner, completed a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing as part of her Advanced Apprenticeship with Lite Ltd, a leading provider of small animal care professional training.  

Excellent results

City and Guilds Medals for Excellence recognises the achievements of learners, lecturers and trainers who have achieved great results by producing exceptional work – going above and beyond what is expected to achieve their goals.  It recognises not only excellent results but also those who show a true journey of progression throughout their qualification.

Emma was nominated following the successful and timely completion of her Advanced Apprenticeship.  She achieved outstanding results for each aspect of this very challenging qualification – showing exceptional skills in all areas. 

Role model

Lite director, Jackie Shopland-Reed points to the inspiration Emma will provide for others:

“Emma proved to be a conscientious, adaptable individual who is an excellent role model, not only for future students but also for the Veterinary Nursing profession as a whole.”

Emma was supported in the achievement of her qualification by Friarswood Veterinary Centre in Staffordshire, where she has since progressed to a Deputy Head Nurse position.

Apprentices on tall ship return successfully after sail

GMLPF sponsored apprentices successfully complete tall ship sail

Five apprentices sailed into the Albert Dock last Friday after being sponsored by GMLPF to participate in a week-long sail from Whitehaven to Liverpool on a tall ship. The apprentices were in good spirits, looking tanned and windswept after several days at sea. All seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

The week-long voyage on the Class A tall ship, Pelican of London, formed part of the ApprenticeShip Cup regatta, hosted and managed by Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST). The regatta involved several tall ships, and provided the apprentices with the opportunity to stretch and develop in a challenging but safe environment.

Apprentices

The apprentices who successfully completed on the Pelican were Michael Gibbons (apprentice with Wirral Metropolitan College), Ellie Gardam and Lauren Monroe (apprentices with Lite Ltd), and Bradley Stead and Matt Watkinson (apprentices with Riverside College).

Training

During the voyage, the apprentices were trained in all aspects of running a ship, including steering, setting sails, keeping watch, navigating and climbing the rigging. The Pelican sailed from Whitehaven to Liverpool via Belfast with a circuit of the Isle of Man.

The apprentices will receive the internationally recognised RYA Competent Crew qualification and other recognition for their participation.

Personal growth

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF said

“The Apprentice Ship Cup was a unique chance for local apprentices to apply the skills they have been developing on their apprenticeship in a new and challenging environment – skills like team work, communication and leadership.

“GMLPF is proud to have supported these five apprentices in this exciting venture. I have no doubt that completing the voyage will lead to significant personal growth, which will benefit both themselves as individuals, and their employers. I’d like to congratulate them all for their commitment and achievement.”

GMLPF-sponsored apprentices prepare for unique sailing trip

5 lucky apprentices are being sponsored by GMLPF to help sail a tall ship on a voyage from Whitehaven to Liverpool in June.

The week-long voyage on the Class A tall ship, Pelican of London, forms part of the ApprenticeShip Cup regatta, hosted and managed by Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST). The regatta involves several tall ships, and provides the opportunity to stretch and develop apprentices in a challenging but safe environment.

Briefing

The apprentices sailing on the Pelican are Michael Gibbons (apprentice with Wirral Metropolitan College), Ellie Gardam and Lauren Monroe (apprentices with Lite Ltd), and Bradley Stead and Matt Watkinson (apprentices with Riverside College). At a briefing session last week, they were given the details of their exciting trip. They will be meeting in the early hours of June 21st at the Albert Dock, and taken by coach to the ship which is docked in Whitehaven, boarding about midday.

Training

During the voyage, the apprentices will be trained in all aspects of running a ship, including steering, setting sails, keeping watch, navigating and climbing the rigging. The Pelican will sail from Whitehaven to Liverpool via Belfast with a possible circuit of the Isle of Man. During the journey, there is a good chance the apprentices will catch glimpses of marine wildlife such as dolphins and basking sharks.

Apprentices who complete the journey will achieve the internationally recognised RYA Competent Crew qualification. Additional awards and individual achievements will also be recognised at an Awards Dinner to be held after the apprentices return.

Personal growth

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF said

“The Apprentice Ship Cup is a unique chance for local apprentices to apply the skills they have been developing on their apprenticeship in a new and challenging environment – skills like team work, communication and leadership.

“GMLPF is proud to be supporting these five apprentices in this exciting venture. I have no doubt that the voyage will lead to significant personal growth, which will benefit both themselves as individuals, and their employers. We wish them every success and are confident they will all make the very most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”

Lite Ltd apprentice wins national veterinary nursing award

Tina Wright from Warbeck House Veterinary Centre in Liverpool was voted the Petplan Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2014 at a glittering awards ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall. The event brought together vets, nurses and practice managers for the 15th annual awards know affectionately as “The Veterinary Oscars”.

Highest achievement

The Petplan awards recognise outstanding members of the veterinary profession from across the UK and represent the highest achievement within the industry. This year saw 12,000 clients and members of the profession nominate deserving vets, nurses, practices, practice managers and support staff and an independent judging panel had the difficult task of choosing two finalists and a winner for each category.

Tina, who studied for her Veterinary Nursing Diploma with GMLPF member, Lite Ltd in St Helens, set up an ear care club at her practice for patients suffering from recurrent ear problems. She also runs popular puppy socialisation classes and tutors other student nurses.

Proud

Practice owner of Warbeck House, Bryan McVey said:

“This is such a massive achievement for both Tina and Warbeck House Veterinary Centre. We were so proud that Tina was picked in the final three but to actually win is fantastic.”

Specialist training

Lite Ltd St Helens and Lite (Stockport) Ltd deliver specialist training for the Animal Care industry including a range of Apprenticeships and