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.

Two day course in Awareness of End of Life Care

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Opps Training will be running a 2 day training course on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August for the EDI Level 2 Awareness of End of Life Care.  Taught by one of our highly experienced health and social care assessors; this is a fantastic opportunity for care professionals.

A free lunch will be supplied on both days. The total cost of the course will be £99 + VAT per person, however employers can claim £45 back through Skills for Care’s Workforce Development Fund.

Please do not hesitate to call us on 01480 415930 for further details or to book your place.

Baroness Julia Neuberger recently led an independent review of end of life care which has highlighted the need for an individual patient’s circumstances to be taken into account. Opps Training has successfully developed a programme which supports practitioners in providing responsive end of life care and which meets national occupational standards.

Booking will be run on a first-come first-serve basis so confirm your interest early to avoid disappointment. Call us on 01480 415930 now.

End of Life Care leaflet

Protecting Information Online Course

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Opps Training is pleased to announce that our new Protecting Information online course is now available for booking. Our Protecting Information booking page can be found by clicking here. Alternatively, you can find out more about our new online course by reading on below.

Are you protecting personal information?

  • Do you keep customer data secure?
  • What legislation applies to you and your business?
  • Are you complying with the legislation?
  • Does the Freedom of Information Act apply to your organisation?
  • Do you need to comply with the Environmental Information Regulations?
  • Do your employees know how to respond to a subject access request?
  • Do you employ electronic marketing – do you use cookies?

Protecting Information is an online course brought to you by Opps Training. This online course will enable your organisation to assess and correct any potential data security breaches when it comes to safe-guarding and protecting your customers’ personal information.


The ICO can issue fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.

News release: 12 July 2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued NHS Surrey with a monetary penalty of £200,000 after more than 3,000 patient records were found on a second hand computer bought through an online auction site.


The Opps’ Protecting  Information online course includes case studies, activities and online resources designed to provide your employees with everything they need to ensure your organisation complies with the latest legislation. The online course is designed to allow each learner to work at their own speed and to track their own progress. The course is structured in a way that supports the understanding and learning of Protecting Information.

If you would like to know how you could improve your knowledge in this key area, about the current legislation and its impact on your organisation, then please contact Opps on 01480 415930 or click here to book your place.

Student loans for learners 24 years and over

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Opps Training is informing learners and employers on the student loans that are available for people who are aged 24 and over to fund Diplomas or Certificates of Level 3, 4 and 5.

Student loans for learners 24 years and over gives students a great opportunity to progress onward to higher level qualifications.

Learners can apply for funding now to begin their studies in August.  Employers may wish to discuss this opportunity with employees.

Should anyone wish to receive further information, they can call Barbara Seymour, at Opps on 01480 415930.

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.

Director’s Note on Government Funding Opportunities

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

September is one of the most innovative months of the year for Opps and its clients. The new government funding regimes are now available and wise employers look to Opps for information on how they can work together on maximising the resource to support their employees.

For employers, having information on available funding is vital, however, I would suggest that having a clear, targeted training and development plan is of equal importance. When an employer plans training around funding, they limit their organisation’s potential for growth and miss the opportunity to establish a first class service.

Opps is always available to support an organisation in analysing training needs, planning how to maximise funding opportunities, building on in-house potential for training and identifying key performance indicators. Good planning always reaps benefits!

If you would like to speak to myself regarding these opportunities, call our switchboard on 01480 415930 and ask for Barbara or alternatively, email

Barbara Seymour, Director

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.

IMPORTANT NEWS: Funding changes at the end of July 2012 for staff aged 25 and above

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Funding Changes at the end of July 2012 for staff aged 25 and above

The academic year ends at the end of July and is traditionally the time when changes in the funding of vocational qualifications takes place.

In the present climate it is not surprising that this year’s changes mean that the funding available is being reduced from the start of August.

The funding for apprenticeships is basically unchanged; it is the funding for the standalone QCF diplomas and certificates for those who are aged 25 and over that is changing.

Because of these changes it may be of benefit to have some of your staff, if they meet eligibility requirements, to be enrolled before the end of July.

The changes are as follows:

Up to July 31st 2012

From August 1st 2012

Level 2 Qualifications
For employees aged 25+ (24+ from August 2012)
For organisations with under 250 employees and the candidate does not have a first level 2

Fully funded


For organisations with over 250 employees and the candidate does not have a first level 2

Fully funded

Not funded

Level 3 Qualifications
For candidates aged 25+ without a first level 2

Fully funded

Not funded

The changes mean that:

If you want an employee to undertake a level 2 Diploma (and they do not have a level 2 qualification already) it is fully funded before the end of July but there will be only part funding or no funding available, depending on the size of your organisation, from the start of August.

If you want an employee to do a level 3 diploma (and they do not have a level 2 qualification already) it is fully funded before the end of July but there will be no funding, whatever the size of your organisation, from the start of August.

So if you have staff without level 2 qualifications and you want them to do a diploma we suggest you arrange to have them enrolled now!

(Examples of level 2 qualifications are: 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, Intermediate GNVQ, NVQ level 2, BTEC First Certificate, one AS/A’level. If staff have qualifications lower than these, for example 4 not 5 GCSEs at A-C they are eligible for full funding at the moment)

If you would like to discuss these changes to the funding rules further or if you have staff you would like to enrol before the end of July please ring Vince Davies on 01480 415930 or use the contacts page.

Alternatively, download Vince’s vCard by scanning the QR code below.

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