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February 7th, 2013

Did you know you can find Opps Training on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, where we have over 300 followers and likes? If you’re not connected with us already, what are you waiting for!

Simply click on the icons to the right to access our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and our NEW YouTube channel. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed of the blog and our company newsletter.

For more information about the benefits of joining us on social media and using our website, view our Opps Online Access sheet.



Question: Is my course an NVQ?

December 3rd, 2012

A typical question we often hear at Opps is if a learners course is an NVQ. The simple answer is no as the old NVQ’s have now been replaced with what are called Diplomas. They are still competency-based courses, which means that you have to provide evidence of your ability in practice, as well as knowledge of theory and legislation. NVQ’s are still recognised if you have one, but the current, most up-to-date qualification is the Diploma. The main competency-based part of the apprenticeship is also called a diploma.

Question: Why do I have to do Functional Skills and how do they benefit me in my job role?

December 3rd, 2012

Functional skills are a government requirement linked to the funding for apprenticeships, as they are paying for you to complete this award. The reasoning behind the requirement for learners to complete functional skills is to improve our numeracy and literacy skills nationally - as we are currently below European standards.

Although some may find doing maths and English challenging, it does help improve your skills and knowledge.  Most learners who have passed their maths and English functional skills exams have been extremely proud of this achievement and many have stated that it has helped them both inside and outside of the workplace. Furthermore, some learners have said that their new maths and English skills have enabled them to assist their children or grandchildren with their homework which they were previously unable to do!

Where necessary, Opps will provide tutoring in English and/or Maths to help you reach the standard required.  This is identified through learners sitting mock exams. Some apprenticeships include ICT as well as maths and English functional skills. It is possible to be exempt from having to do functional skills. If you want to know more about functional skills or apprenticeships, please feel free to get in touch.

Care Leadership and Management

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

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.

Question: How much did i score on my recent Maths/English Functional Skills exam?

October 1st, 2012

Unfortunately, we don’t have access to this information, we are only given a pass or a fail mark by the examining body. However, we do offer additional support if required.

Question: Is it best to complete the activity tracking sheet on paper or on the computer?

September 19th, 2012

Completing the activity tracking sheet on paper or computer makes no difference to the programme, so whichever way is easiest for you to complete it. Essentially it will have to be  printed off at some point for administration purposes.

Director’s Note on Government Funding Opportunities

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

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

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.