Archive for March, 2017

Geason Training retains its Matrix Accreditation

Geason Training successfully retained its accreditation of the Matrix Standard for its independent advice and guidance.
The Matrix Standard is extremely important to any training business as it is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and guidance (IAG) and is re-assessed every three years.

Geason Training was assessed on four main areas:

Leadership and Management
Resources
Service delivery
Continuous Quality Improvement

The Matrix Standard assessor was impressed with the company’s ethos of providing quality information, advice and guidance which was evidenced with every member of the team that he spoke with throughout the assessment.
Geason Training will continue to work hard to maintain the professional attitude to our work and continue to provide our employers and learners the information, advice and guidance that they require.

For more information on our Matrix Standard accreditation please contact Mike Atkinson our Quality Director on mike.atkinson@geason.co.uk

Geason Training is on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

Geason Training is delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to be included in the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers* approved by the UK government. This is at a time when we are on the threshold of some of the most significant reforms in the history of Apprenticeship delivery. These include the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the phasing out of Apprenticeship Frameworks to be replaced by Apprenticeship standards.

Any training provider not included on the register will be unable to deliver Apprenticeships as of May 1st 2017. Our award of prime provider status by the Skills Funding Agency means that we are able to contract directly with employers for Apprenticeship training.

As the UK’s largest provider of Apprenticeship standards, we are in prime position to help employers up-skill their employees and with their Levy and how they maximise their funding opportunities.

We are helping many of the largest companies in the construction sector to understand the Levy and how it’s affects them. Our bespoke Levy Management Programme is free of charge and our team are here to help you get prepared. We are assigning all our Levy customers with a project manager and access to experts on funding and Apprenticeships.

If you would like more information on apprenticeships, funding and the Apprenticeship Levy please get in touch with our expert team on 0330 088 9596 or opportunities@geason.co.uk.

Let us help you.

*Prospects Training International Ltd t/a Geason Training

Progression as an Apprentice

For many people, apprenticeships may be considered a second-class alternative to university. On the contrary however, apprenticeships are a high-powered route to qualifications and employment that bring minor risk of student debt. Additionally, 77% of apprentices stay with their employer after qualifying and 94% of employers consider traineeships/apprenticeships as an effective way of increasing career prospects for those looking to progress along their chosen career path. Chris Jones, the Director General of City and Guilds, stated ‘’You are typically seeing a faster return on investment with an apprentice’’ and added ‘’They appear to be delivering to a higher level. They pick up the sense of culture of the firm and workplace learning.’’

Apprenticeships allow for workplace learning, meaning that apprentices gain vital industry knowledge while developing the necessary industry skills and earning a qualification that offers at least minimum wage. On-the-job training also allows the apprentice to understand and adapt to working environments, so by the end of their training, they are fully prepared for the world of work.

In 2011, more than 200,000 university hopefuls were denied a place in higher education. University lecturers also find that a large amount of young people are put off applying for university for fear of debt. These factors indicate that people want to learn whilst not being affected negatively from a financial aspect. A growing number of employers are trying to combat this issue by running their own apprenticeship schemes – such as Proctor & Gamble who recruit school-leavers as opposed to university graduates. This reduces the initial wage bill and they believe it results in a more valuable employee who can progress to a higher salary and deliver a higher return on investment. Leading Accountancy firm KPMG pay trainees £20,000 to cover university fees if they sign on to a training scheme beforehand. It was also found in 2011 that 52% of 500 employers that are currently hiring apprentices believe they offer greater value in contrast to their university counterparts.

Overall, it can be said that apprenticeships are recognised by industry as an excellent means of providing people with an opportunity to up-skill both academically and practically and progress in their career. Often these are people who otherwise might not have had the chance due to high tuition fees at University. Apprentices can climb up their career ladder by progressing from Level 4 HNC’s to Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship Standards, which will then lead them into managerial roles.

Geason Training are an industry leading provider and we offer a wide variety of apprenticeships within the construction industry, specialising in Level 4 to Level 6 routes in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University. If you would like to organise apprenticeship programmes or for any general enquiries, please call 0330 088 9596 and speak to our expert team today.

Sam’s Higher Apprenticeship Journey

On leaving 6th form I went straight into the working world, to gain new experiences and to start my career.
I moved into the construction industry while I was expecting my first child and started to help my husband and father-in-law out in their office. Four children and eight years later I am still there and love my varied role.

I had wanted to gain some qualifications within in the construction industry for sometime but just couldn’t see how I would have the time with my role at work and managing my busy family life at home. When Geason Training introduced themselves to me, I explained my role and what I wanted to achieve and how I felt time would be a struggle. They suggested the Higher Apprenticeship in Construction as a means of ticking my work and progression boxes and allowing me flexibility to manage my home life.   I felt that this progress route would fit perfectly with my current work life balance.

I am so glad I enrolled on the Higher Apprenticeship as with every module and assignment I am gaining valuable knowledge that I can apply nearly everyday at work. There are no unrealistic deadlines and there is never a moment that passes where I don’t feel like I have the support that I need. My trainer at Geason Training, Ian Blackhall dedicates as much if not more time to my course than I do, offering me valuable knowledge and experience every step of the way!

Once qualified, I hope to go on the become RICS registered QS which would be a real asset to my husband’s company. I feel I would be giving back to the company with my gained knowledge and qualifications. I cannot recommend this course or style of learning enough to anyone who feels the classroom is not for them, or a full time course would upset their work, family life balance.

My advice is to go for it!

If you would like further information on apprenticeships, building an Apprenticeship Programme or understanding the Apprenticeship Levy for your company, please get in touch on 0330 088 9596 opportunities@geason.co.uk.

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Read about Charlie who has just completed his apprenticeship!

Congratulations to our learner, Charlie Roberts, who is our first apprentice to complete his two-year NVQ Level 2 Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship. Charlie passed with flying colours, gaining two distinctions for his final exams. Following Charlie’s success we asked him various questions regarding his apprenticeship and his learning and development process.

Why did you choose the apprenticeship route rather than another qualification?

I had tried college and felt this was not for me and chose the apprenticeship route as I enjoyed the prospect of learning a trade and earning whilst I learned.

How was the relationship built and support you received from your company and Geason Training?

I am extremely happy with the support I have received throughout my apprenticeship with Geason Training and my company. The support from Mike Driver my trainer and Lynda for support at the Geason Training training centre has been great at all times.

How has the your apprenticeship developed you?

I feel I have become more confident in my trade, I work well within my team and the more understanding of the trade I have learned, has increased my confidence.

What do you want to achieve at the end of your qualification?

I want to pass my qualification and enjoy the trade I am working in.

How will you progress after your apprenticeship?

I have discussed my options with Lynda at Geason Training training centre and we discussed me doing a Multi Trade qualification and the level 3 possibilities that there may be available to me. My company have discussed with Mike my trainer, what progression maybe available to me.

Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others in the industry?

Definitely, I have thoroughly enjoyed doing my apprenticeship with Geason Training and would recommend it to all my friends.

Some of our staff members had some words to say about Charlie and his learning.

‘’Charlie has always been committed to his learning has always kept to his training session and completed any tasks given to him.’’ – Mike Driver, Trainer

‘’Charlie has been an absolute pleasure at the Training Centre all his training sessions he has turned up to on time and has always been respectful to others around him.’’ – Lynda Campbell, Customer Support Officer

We wish Charlie every success with his next qualification following his apprenticeship and are sure that he will continue to progress quickly, utilising all of the skills that he has obtained over last two years.

If you would like further information on apprenticeships or building an Apprenticeship Programme or understanding the Apprenticeship Levy for your company, please get in touch on 0330 088 9596 opportunities@geason.co.uk.

Let us help you.