Award Nomination

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Opps Training has been privileged in being able to support St Mungo’s ( over the years by training their annual intake of apprentices.  This year St Mungo’s and its partnership with Opps Training has resulted in a nomination for an award through the Training Journal  Watch this space!PRINT READY_TJ awards 2014_Finalist

NITAL Training

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

NITAL logoThe Northamptonshire Industrial Training Association Ltd (NITAL) was established in 1969, as a charitable organisation, and has been providing first class, accredited training ever since.

Working in conjunction with Sector Skills Councils, the Skills Funding Agency and various awarding bodies; NITAL deliver a wide range of Level 2 & 3 Apprenticeships as well as a variety of commercial/bespoke training options across the East Midlands region.

Originally set up to train and develop engineers, NITAL have steadily increased their offerings, currently working with over 300 member companies, and the scope of training now includes:

  • Engineering Manufacturing/Maintenance
  • Warehousing, Distribution & Storage
  • Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Electrical Installation
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Services
  • Management
  • Functional Skills
  • Business Improvement Techniques

For more details about NITAL, including a list of current vacancies and information on recruiting apprentices, visit

Alternatively, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @NitalApprentice.

Apprentice Extra Card

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

We are proud to announce that Apprentice’s with Opps are now able to get an apprentice extra card! Used wisely, discounts from this card can save card holders around £525 per year. Discounts are available on travel, sport, books and DVD, technology, mobile and broadband, as well as fashion, beauty and going out.

How do I get an Apprentice Extra card?

It’s easy, simply click on the image below to buy your card now! 

When you register for your Apprentice Extra card, don’t forget to select ‘Opps Training’ when selecting your place of study. If you have any questions, then please feel free to get in touch.

Care Leadership and Management

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

It is all systems go at Opps Training!

We are thrilled to announce that we have been successful in our bid to Skills for Care for funds to develop resources to deliver the Higher Apprenticeship:  Care Leadership and Management.

Luckily for employers, funds to support the delivery of the programme can be secured through the Workforce Development Fund and through the National Apprenticeship initiative. Early signs indicate that this well thought out apprenticeship is going to be very popular with employers and those who are keen to gather experience, skills and expertise at that level.

Course information and details on how to enrol will be up on our website soon, so make sure you keep coming back to check. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our mailing list and we will let you know when the course is available. In the meantime, please feel free to click here to view the Apprenticeship framework for this course.

Catch All Customer Service Courses

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Opps Training is proud to announce that it is working in partnership with community projects at the moment to provide customer service skills to those seeking employment.  The rationale behind the programme is for participants to reflect on how other people’s behaviour and their own reflects on how we feel about the products and services that are offered to us.  We feel that customer service skills can be transferred to all aspects of our life. Furthermore, the customer service course can be used  as a platform for various other courses and career paths.

Government Funding – Alternatives to Apprenticeships

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

We are now in a new academic year which heralds the new government funding regime and new opportunities. We are posting this update to brief you on current qualifications and invite you to talk to us in more detail on how we can support your training and development requirements.


Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Whilst the level 2 diploma is a central requirement for organisations operating in the care sector, the most recent government guidelines show that funding has become tighter. For those aged 19 – 23 without an existing level 2 qualification of any sort, full funding is still available. Part-funding is available for those aged 24+  if they work in a Small or Medium Enterprise, but no funding is available if they work for a larger organisation.

Read more about the course here.

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Funding is tighter for the standalone level 3 Diploma than for the level 2. For those aged 19 – 24 without an existing level 3 full funding is available. For everyone else there is no funding available.

Read more about the course here.

We deliver both the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma as a standalone course. Please contact either Vince Davies or Barbara Seymour on 01480 415930 to check what funding you will be able to access for your staff.

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care

Opps is delivering the Level 5 Diploma to a number of different organisations. The Diploma has a number of pathways to choose from:

Adults Advanced Practice Pathway

The units in this pathway are to support anyone who is working in a senior carer /practitioner or first line management role in adult services. The Advanced Practitioner’s main responsibilities will be in providing services although they may have some management/supervisory responsibility. Their job role will include fewer routine tasks than at the other levels and more non-routine tasks acting upon their own initiative. The advanced practitioner may be part of a senior team but unlikely to be in a position to make strategic decisions regarding the service. They will be supported and supervised by someone more senior but this may be someone who doesn’t work in the same location e.g. an owner; regional or group manager. Their job title will reflect the seniority of their practitioner status and experience.

Adults’ Residential Management

This pathway is suitable for anyone working in a leadership position within a residential service for adults.  It is likely that they will be the registered manager or be managing across a number of services and taking a strategic lead in both service delivery and development.

Adults Management

This pathway is suitable for anyone working in a leadership position within adult services.  It is likely that they will be the registered manager or be managing across a number of services and taking a strategic lead in both service delivery and development.

 Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund

Although there is no government funding for the Level 5 there are funds possibly available to support Health and Social care qualifications including the level 5 Diploma through the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund.

Please contact either Vince Davies or Barbara Seymour on 01480 415930  to talk about costs for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care.

Alternatively, click here to book your place online today.

Standalone Units

Many of our clients are finding that Apprenticeships are not useful for some of their staff.  The Government is committed to funding Apprenticeships for existing staff and those coming into the sector.  Opps Training will continue to deliver apprenticeships however, we are now able to offer a new approach that we feel will have long term benefits to our clients.

The old NVQ’s were replaced by Diplomas Level 2 and 3 sometime ago.  The Diplomas are more demanding and most definitely secure the very highest of standards in a health and social care practitioner.

Opps Training is offering bite-size units of each Diploma to enable learners to prioritise their professional development and spread their studying time over a longer period of time.  The competitive costs to the employer are commensurate with the time needed to support their staff on an apprenticeship scheme.

These are accredited units for which the learner will receive a certificate from the accrediting body and will count towards their completion of the full diploma.

We are offering the following units at levels 2 and 3.  Where a learner is committing to more than one unit, or where there are groups of learners, Opps is able to offer a discount.




Level 2 Units
Person Centred Approaches



Dementia Awareness



Person Centred Approach to Care and Support for individuals with Dementia



Equality and Diversity



Level 3 Units
Person Centred Approaches



Understand Process of Dementia



Introduction to personalisation in social care



Facilitate person centred assessment/planning/implantation and review



Support person centred thinking and planning



Support Individuals at the end of Life



Support positive risk taking



Equality and Diversity



Model of delivery:

Each unit will be delivered in the workplace.

Please contact either Vince Davies or Barbara Seymour on 01480 415930 to find out more or to book your course.

Advanced Apprenticeship in Management with Opps

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Melanie completed her advanced apprenticeship in management with Opps Training recently. Find out what she had to say about why she chose to do the course and how it has helped her career.

“I applied for the advanced apprenticeship in management course with OPPS to help progress my career and add accreditation to my professional career as it was different to what I had studied at college. The course content enabled me to continue my normal job and using what experience and knowledge I had as a base and with extra learning and support with my tutor and through resources I was able to complete the modules throughout the course.

The experience of learning with my tutor was an easy and enjoyable experience. My tutor was always there for support, help and someone I could openly talk to about the modules about what I was learning and how I was using them in my role. I was able to talk in confidence about the problems I faced in my role and the content I learnt on the course helped resolve these and I was able to resolve these with a new perspective. The course has helped me develop as a person and also within our company to a more senior role within the business. I would recommend my tutor and OPPS to anyone looking to develop their career or gain an apprenticeship.”


Find out more about the advanced apprenticeship in management course and if it’s right for you by clicking here.


Question: How long does it take for my Apprenticeship certificate to be sent to me?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

There is no exact time that you can expect to receive your certificate, as it depends on the awarding body and the postal service.  You can anticipate to receive it around 8-12 weeks after completion. We suggest that you contact us if you are still waiting for your certificate after this time.

Question: What Housing pathways do you deliver?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

We deliver the following pathways in Housing:

Mandatory Pathways

  • Delivery of Affordable Housing Services
  • Equality and Diversity for Housing
  • Professional Practice Skills for Housing

Optional Specialist Pathways

  • Managing Housing Services
  • Residents and Service Users
  • Managing Neighbourhoods
  • Caretaking and Concierge Services
  • Support for Independent Living
  • Housing Advice and Information
  • The Housing Context
  • Supporting Homeless People

Clare Leahy, Opps assessor for Health and Social Care

Monday, January 9th, 2012

When my peer group and I were asked for a volunteer to write a short blog for the Opps website, as usual I spoke before thinking! As a ‘newbie’ to the company, and still getting my head around how the Health and Social Care apprenticeships work, I really should have hid behind my notepad!

But, here I am, with what I hope to be an interesting, and hopefully inspirational thought on the apprenticeship learning journey.

To be able to make a positive contribution to individuals needing care and support is invaluable; gaining an apprenticeship can be the beginning of your professional journey, enabling you to climb the ladder within your role, or diversify to find your ‘niche’.

Be creative in your role; use your apprenticeship as a platform for improving standards in your workplace every day. Question and reflect upon your daily practice – ‘that was ok, but what could I do better next time?’  Put yourself into the shoes of the person you are providing care for – is it good enough – if it isn’t, how can I change it.

‘If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed’ (David Viscott)