The Future is Bright for Early Years Workers in Liverpool

Nursery Liverpool

The UK childcare industry is worth more than £5.5 billion a year and is forecast to grow by 18% over the next five years. With an average salary in the North West of £18,000, now is a great time to launch a career in Early Years.  Bouncing Back From 2009, the Liverpool City Region had […]

tpm launches two ‘Higher Apprenticeships’

childcare apprenticeships

tpm is delighted to add two Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship courses to complement our fantastic suite of courses already available. They are ideal for the Early Years and Professional Business Service Sectors.  A Higher Level Apprenticeship is a nationally accredited work-based programme similar to traditional apprenticeships but at a higher level. It meets the needs […]

tpm early years apprentice inspires career changers

early years learning

Childminder Hayley has become an inspiration for other apprentices and learners with her award-winning determination and dedication. Hayley has recently achieved Level 3 Early Years Educator standard with tpm after progressing from a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner standard. A Lifelong Ambition Working with children had always been Hayley’s ambition. However, Hayley didn’t feel confident […]

tpm works ‘smart’ with e-portfolio software

Smart Assessor’s e-portfolio software allows tpm learners to keep a secure, online record of skills, knowledge and progress on all areas of their apprenticeship standard. This new and innovative tracking software tracks every detail of a learner’s journey at the click of a button. As a result, tpm has facilitated the elimination of paper-based portfolios, offering more flexibility for […]

How can we tackle violence against women?

Tacking violence towards women

Violence against women is a global problem. It exists in virtually every culture on earth. In fact, the World Health Organisation’s Director believes that” ‘violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions.” But what is violence against women, and how can we tackle it? What is violence against women? The term violence against […]

tpm goes for Gold

Investors in People Gold

tpm is delighted to have recently been accredited with the prestigious Investors in People “We Invest in People, Gold Accreditation.” Gold accreditation means that tpm has the policies in place, but more than that, it means everyone takes ownership for making them come to life.  Ahead of the Field Only 17% of accredited organisations achieve […]

Five Unexpected Things You Will Learn on a tpm Early Years Apprenticeship

childcare training

If you think an Early Years Apprenticeship is simply learning how to supervise children think again. The Early Years Practitioner and Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standards cover a wide range of skills, behaviours, and knowledge.  There is a lot more to working in an Early Years setting than many people realise. Early Years Practitioners (Level […]

National Minimum Wage: What Apprentices Need to Know

National Minimum Wage

The Government are running a campaign to increase awareness of the National Minimum Wage.As an apprentice, you are entitled to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. We are confident that all the employers tpm places apprentices with are very diligent about this and will be paying you the correct rate of pay. However, […]

tpm once again achieves international quality standard for information, advice and guidance

Matrix Standard

We are delighted to announce that following a recent independent assessment, tpm has been re-accredited with the Matrix Standard for another three years. This international quality standard mark ensures that we deliver excellence in the field of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), providing impartial advice and guidance to our learners and meeting their career and learning goals.  […]

Domestic abuse: what you should know

domestic abuse act

The Domestic Abuse Bill became law in April. It aims to improve protection for victims of domestic abuse and bring more abusers to court.  In addition, the Bill will raise awareness about the impact of domestic abuse. What’s more, it now extends to young people aged 16 and over.  What is domestic abuse? Domestic abuse […]

Applications for increased incentive payment for hiring apprentices now open


Employers who have hired apprentices since 1 April 2021 can now apply for the apprenticeship incentive payment for each apprentice, regardless of age. Employers with apprentices with an employment start date of between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 and who also have a practical period (training) start date between 1 April 2021 and […]

School leavers make excellent progress thanks to tpm traineeships

School leavers tpm traineeships

tpm traineeships have a proven track record for successfully preparing school leavers for the world of work or helping them to progress onto apprenticeships.  This month, Year 11 and Year 13 learners across the country will be leaving school. Some will have spent half of their exam course learning from home. Additionally, they won’t have […]

COVID-19 Home Testing


Did you know that one in three people carrying the Covid-19 virus, do not show any symptoms? That’s why it’s important that we all do what we can to keep ourselves safe when we’re on site at tpm. The Government have recently issued us with a supply of home testing kits that you can collect […]

tpm apprenticeships pave the way to university

Chloe McGuiness

tpm apprenticeships build promising careers underpinned with professional skills. Look no further than apprentice graduate Chloe McGuiness for proof of this! Having completed her level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships in early years/childcare at tpm, Chloe will soon be starting a BA (Hons) degree in Learning, Development and Support at Liverpool John Moores University. Not […]

Covid-19 Operations Update: 8 March Return to in Centre Learning


Changes to remote delivery From Monday 8 March, all tpm learners should return to centre-based education. The Government’s Department for Education guidance has expressly stated that learners “will attend their FE provider in person and will undertake the majority of their planned hours on site.” System of Control tpm continues to adhere to a strict […]

Positive feedback for tpm after Ofsted interim visit

Ofsted Logo

On the 24th to 25th November 2020, tpm had an interim visit from Ofsted. The visit focused in the main on how tpm has adapted to the restrictions, and in line with three principle themes. Ofsted interim visit: key themes What actions are leaders taking to ensure that they provide an appropriate curriculum that responds […]

tpm Learner of the Year Awards 2020

Learner of the Year awards

Our Board of Directors is delighted to announce the winners of the tpm Learner of the Year awards for 2020. We asked teachers and trainers to select nominees according to criteria set by the board. Specifically, these included attendance, punctuality, commitment and attitude to learning, and commitment to the tpm Making a SPLASH resilience model.  […]

Full steam ahead! Rocking resilience in lockdown


We may be in lockdown again but it’s very much full steam ahead for tpm. The only difference is that we are delivering our training and support services remotely. So this means it’s business as usual for the tpm community! In other words, our phone lines are open, teachers and tutors will be teaching, and […]

Lin Hankinson’s Christmas Update

Lin Hankinson

Earlier in the year, our friend Lin Hankinson of What If You Can shared some exclusive videos with the tpm community to help us all through the mental strains Covid, lockdown and restrictions brought. The videos proved to be incredibly popular. Therefore, we were delighted when Lin recorded a seasonal message for us. Christmas can […]

Helping to keep learners safe online

tpm online safety

The internet has become an incredibly helpful tool for everyone over the last eight months. Not only has it given us a way of keeping in touch with friends and loved ones, but it has allowed us to work from home. For example, we have been able to have virtual meetings rather than in person. […]

Discounted first aid training for early years centres

first aid training merseyside

tpm has teamed up with Smart Rethink to offer high-quality first aid training for early years centres. The courses are at a discounted price for childcare settings that employ tpm apprentices. Legally Compliant Keeping staff and children safe is always a number one priority for any early years setting. But 2020 has brought added pressures […]

tpm Covid-19 Operations Update

Brian and Paula

As you will have all heard, on Saturday, the Government announced a further lockdown in England to begin on Thursday. However, all schools, colleges and universities will be remaining open. Therefore, tpm will be open to staff and learners throughout the lockdown.  Keeping staff and learners #tpmCovidSafeandSound A clear priority for tpm has always been […]

The Pinecone Trust Helps tpm Learners Access a Blended Curriculum

The Pinecone Trust

Lockdown brought challenges to everyone’s usual way of life. For learners, the issue was how they could access their education without being able to attend physically. Consequently, educational settings like tpm had to adapt their curriculum quickly. Lessons moved online, and blended learning took on new norms. However, not all learners have access to online […]

Five Reasons Why Early Years is a Great Career Choice

childcare training

If lockdown taught us anything, it is how valuable Early Years Practitioners and Educators are. Many people quickly realised that the role is more than ‘just looking after children’. Early Years Practitioner and Educators are highly trained professionals. They are experts in child development and know exactly how to bring the best out of children. […]

Cyberfrog sees the benefits of tpm online courses

online courses

Staff at web design company Cyberfrog recently undertook a selection of tpm online courses and were pleased to vouch for their quality and relevance. In the first three months of lockdown, 23% of the UK’s workforce was on furlough. Many businesses closed their doors until further notice. However, some companies were able to change the […]

Be Glad – Lin’s Lockdown Mind Workout

Lin Hankinson

We have another excellent video from Lin Hankinson to share with you. Today, Lin explores the complexities of the mind, how to live in the present and ‘Be Glad’ for the gifts we have. Thank you once again to Lin for creating these video exclusively for tpm.  

Fitness & Fun – Runners Specific

fitness and fun

Are you ready for another great workout with Helen from Fitness and Fun? Let’s shake off that midweek slump and get physical!

‘Can do’ – Mental Health Workout

Lin Hankinson

We have another superb mental health workshop video from Lin to share with you this morning. Today, Lin explores having a ‘Can Do!’ attitude. We hope you enjoy it!

Listen To Your Heart – Mental Health Workout

Lin Hankinson

We have another mental health workshop to share with you this afternoon. In today’s video Lin explores how we can use our inner voices to deal with challenges and decisions. We are so privileged to have Lin make these videos for us and we hope that they prove to be useful tools for all the […]

Fitness & Fun Lockdown Workout 1

fitness and fun

Here’s our inaugural physical workout, courtesy of Helen Webster of Fitness and Fun. Get that body moving!

Coronavirus Updates – Mental Health Workout

Lin Hankinson

We are excited to share with you the first in our series of daily workouts. Today we start with a mental health workout with Lin Hankinson from What If You Can. Lin a Mindset Coach with over 25 years’ experience and a background in psychological counselling.

tpm Installs 1Gbps Internet Connection

Learners at tpm will now have access to one of the fastest connections in the region thanks to a unique partnership. tpm and Baltic Broadband with IX Liverpool have worked together in partnership to install a 1Gbps Internet connection into tpm’s premises on Lime Street. Businesses in the city region have long complained about the […]