tpm challenges sexual harassment culture

According to a study by Plan International UK, 66% of girls aged 14 to 21 have experienced unwanted sexual attention or harassment in public. Nine in ten girls who spoke to Ofsted during a recent review said that sexist name-calling and receiving unwanted explicit pictures or videos happened ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes. tpm is committed […]

British Sign Language official recognition celebrated during Deaf Awareness Week

On 29th April, the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill was passed, recognising BSL as a language of Great Britain for the first time. This fundamental milestone was a significant cause for celebration during Deaf Awareness Week from 2nd to 9th May. The act means that Government must promote the use of British Sign Language. Furthermore, […]

Are tpm Traineeships missing from your recruitment toolbox?

Many of tpm’s employers already use Traineeships as a principal tool in their recruitment toolbox. If your organisation isn’t yet using Traineeships, now is the time to think about starting! tpm Traineeships benefits for employers – Don’t miss out! The benefits of using tpm Traineeships in your organisation are: An opportunity to give a young […]

Rainbow House: Employer of the Month

Our tpm Employer of the Month for March 2022 is Rainbow House in Walton. The award goes to their manager Lesley Kidd for providing outstanding support to tpm apprentices employed at the nursery. Lesley was herself a tpm apprentice and started training with us in 2009. Within three years, she had completed both her level […]

Eating disorders: how to get help

February 26th – March 6th marked Eating Disorder Awareness Week in the UK. And as charities and organisations work to increase awareness and support for individuals suffering from eating disorders or disordered eating habits, experts are warning of a stark rise in the number of young people requiring treatment for eating disorders. According to data […]

tpm employer event provides critical insight into ways to support apprentices

A recent tpm employer event provided an invaluable platform for companies to find out how to best support their apprentices through Gateway and EPA. The event held last month also gave details of two significant updates to our training offer: the addition of the Early Years Lead Practitioner and Operations Departmental Manager Apprenticeship standards. In […]

Ukraine Invasion: managing anxiety during uncertain times

We are all extremely saddened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It goes without saying that our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and their friends and families across the world. Many of us feel worried even though we are not directly affected by events in Ukraine. Uncertainty about what will happen and whether the […]

Apprenticeship opportunities with leading financial services company

Customer Service Executives, Sovereign Pension Services (UK) Ltd We are pleased to announce that tpm is recruiting for several exciting apprenticeship opportunities with leading financial services company Sovereign Pension Services in Bromborough. The posts will suit individuals who have completed their A-levels or have relevant work experience. The successful candidates will launch fulfilling careers in […]

Learner Feedback: Help Us Keep You Satisfied!

tpm learners – we need your help! Learner feedback is so important. We want to make sure that all tpm learners are satisfied (and hopefully more than satisfied) with our training and support services. To do this, we need to regularly gather and analyse your views and feedback. This will tell us what we are […]

Apprentice Travelcard gives 50% discount on public transport

If you are an apprentice aged 19-24 living in the Liverpool City Region you can get half price travel with an Apprentice Travelcard. This runs alongside the scheme that gives 16 to 18-year-olds discounted My Travel tickets. The Apprentice Travelcard means young people enrolled in apprenticeships at tpm can get half-price bus or train travel. […]

Five ways to look after your mental health at Christmas

Andy Williams once famously sang that Christmas is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Sadly, for some, this is not the case at all. A recent survey for the Skipton Building Society revealed that one in three Brits struggle with their mental health at Christmas. There are many reasons for this time of year […]

Drink Spiking: The Facts

In recent months, there has been a stark rise in the amount of drink spiking incidents, resulting in bars and clubs having to increase their security and use preventative measures such as drink stoppers in a bid to tackle the issue. And, learners and young people alike have responded to this rise in drink spiking […]

Knife Crime: Keeping Safe

We all woke up this morning to the shocking and tragic news that a 12-year old girl has died after suffering a knife attack in Liverpool City Centre last night (Thurdsay 25th November). As we understand it, Ava White received the fatal injuries after being involved in a verbal argument. Four males from the Toxteth […]

Paying Apprentices The Right Amount

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HMRC has recently been urging employers to check that they are paying apprentices the right amount. Specifically, they have provided employers with a checklist to help them make sure there are no errors in payments. Here’s what apprentice employers need to check: Pay apprentices the right amount according to apprentice age Depending on their age […]

Toolkit Launched To Boost Diversity of Apprentices

Research by The Social Mobility Commission has uncovered disadvantage gaps at every step of the apprenticeship journey. The problems span from the initial selection process to the lack of socio-economic data held by employers. All have an impact on the diversity of apprentices. Notably, the organisation has been working with a range of representatives from […]

COVID-19 Operations Update: Phased return


Phased return from 4th January 2021 Our government has announced a mandatory phased return to teaching for secondary schools, colleges and training providers, following the Christmas period. Learners due to attend the centre from 4th January 2021 should not attend unless informed otherwise. Remote/altervative delivery Most centre-based training, planned between 4th and 18th January will move to […]

Farewell to John Haynes, friend, coach and mentor to many

Last Thursday the Liverpool City Region and Business Community awoke to the sad news that our beloved friend John Haynes had passed away. Visionary and founder of The International Coaching Academy, John was a Coach and Mentor to thousands of people during his amazing life. His personal mission was to help and inspire a million […]

Five ways tpm is helping to keep learners and staff Covid-safe and sound

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At tpm, we know that returning to work or education is daunting at the moment. As the pandemic persists, it is important to feel reassured that our tpm family is being kept Covid-safe and sound. Here are five ways tpm is helping to support learners and staff and keep them #tpmCovidSafeandSound. Covid-safe 1: Sanitisation Our […]

Launch your career with a tpm traineeship!

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School leavers and other young people in the Liverpool City Region are getting their feet on the career ladder thanks to the tpm traineeship programme. A traineeship is a flexible education and training programme with work experience. In particular, it is ideal for individuals who aren’t quite ready to go onto an apprenticeship. For example, […]

Mayor of Liverpool marks opening of new tpm learning centre in Baltic Quarter

brian quinn introduces mayor anderson via zoom link at opening of new tpm learning centre

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson officially opened the tpm new learning centre on a live link-up via Zoom this week. After nearly twenty years on Lime Street, tpm has relocated to Liverpool’s most exciting urban zone, the Baltic Triangle. We were proud to have Liverpool’s elected mayor mark the occasion with his well-received words of encouragement […]

Arrangements for reopening of centre-based teaching and learning 07.09.2020

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On the 7th of September 2020 tpm will resume a centre-based teaching and learning service at our new address in Shipwright’s House, Queens Dock Business Centre, L1 0BG. We are proud and delighted that all learners progressed in accordance with our #tpmOnTarget campaign and that all of our teacher-assessed exam grades were upheld. Our resumption […]

Getting back to work

Brian Quinn and Paula

As the country slowly opens back up, many of us are thinking about our safe return to work. tpm is here to support all clients and learners as they do this. In the latest tpm video update, tpm director Brian Quinn focuses on these preparations for getting back to work. Resilience The past few months […]

Outstanding team leader apprentice steps up as early years key worker

Lockdown has had no negative impact on tpm team leader apprentice, Emma Jane Webster. The opposite is true. When the going got tough, Emma Jane got going! Like everyone, Emma Jane had concerns about the lockdown. As a Team Leader apprentice, Emma Jane was eager to get on with her course. She worried that she […]

tpm toolkit and webinar supports COVID-safe return to work


As ever, tpm is here to support its apprenticeship employers through this challenging period and beyond. We’ve put together a toolkit to support the sector’s COVID-safe return to work which we’ll be launching via webinar on June 4 at 16.30. The toolkit consists of services available to our apprenticeship employers through tpm and its associates. […]

Learner in lockdown Lydia embraces virtual learning

Another inspiring story about a tpm learner in lockdown! Remember: lockdown doesn’t have to mean a break in learning! Apprentice Lydia Barnes works at Little Angels Nursery and is completing her level 2 childcare apprenticeship with tpm. Although her nursery is still open, it is only open to the children of key workers. Despite not […]

ESFA warn learners and parents about potential fraudsters

ESFA Update

Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic tpm have been asked by the DfE to share the following alert. Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain. We have been informed some […]

tpm childcare apprentice inspires resilience and positivity in lockdown

childcare bricks with toddler hands

The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge the world has faced in decades. Each day we hear stories about the devastating impact on people’s lives. Understandably, this leads to anxiety which in turn saps energy and motivation. Problematic for anyone who is trying to progress on a training course. Well, to buck the trend, here’s […]

tpm apprenticeships deliver the essential skills for safe, top quality childcare services

stacking bricks in childcare setting

It is essential for professional childcare practitioners to possess high-quality practical skills. Furthermore, these skills should be underpinned by an in-depth theoretical understanding of child behaviour and development. A tpm apprenticeship in childcare equips practitioners with the essential tools they need to support the children in their care safely and effectively. Apprenticeships are a tried […]

Join the hundreds developing new skills through online learning

tpm online learning

Have you joined the online learning revolution? Sign up to a tpm online course today and start learning new skills. Our use of computers, tablets, phones and other devices has shot up in these weeks of isolation and lockdown. We’re conducting much of our work, communications and entertainment online. But there’s only so much Candy […]

tpm Corona Virus Update – Information for Learners and Employers

Brian Quinn and Paula

tpm Corona Virus Update – Last updated 6th May 2020. With the impact of coronavirus being felt by businesses across the UK, at tpm we know that many of you are concerned about how your business, staff and apprentices will be affected. During these uncertain times and although our training centre is closed we are […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – tpm’s Plan


The health and well-being of our staff, clients and those who attend and visit our training centre is our priority. We are responding to the situation calmly as it develops based on Government guidelines. It is also very important to us to maintain a service that allows the continued progression of your learning and qualifications. Current Government […]

How to wash your hands properly

graphic showing how to wash your hands

If you wash your hands properly, this is one of the best ways of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. However, do you really know how to wash your hands properly? Here’s a rundown of all the steps you should take when washing your hands, as advised by the NHS: Wet your hands with water […]

Stand against cyberbullying

caroline flack

If you use social media, you won’t have escaped the deluge of posts about the tragic loss of TV presenter Caroline Flack. Her suicide led to an outpouring of grief and thousands of posts about the need to ‘be kind.’ Sadly, Caroline had been a target for the media and for cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is being […]

Industry safeguarding briefing by UK expert for tpm early years apprentice employers

Advanced Safeguarding

An exclusive offer for all nurseries who employ a tpm apprentice! tpm is extending an invitation to all our early years clients who employ and train apprentices. Specifically, the invitation is to attend an exclusive briefing by UK safeguarding expert, Andrew Hall. In addition, the event will feature other highlights relevant to the sector. The […]

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

national apprenticeship week

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is Look Beyond, helping people see apprenticeships differently by ‘looking beyond’ outdated stereotypes. Additionally, it is a chance to celebrate the diversity of opportunity apprenticeships bring. Both employers and employees benefit from apprenticeships. For an employer, hiring an apprentice is an excellent way to grow talent. Furthermore, apprenticeships […]

A response to London Bridge terror attack

On Friday, 29th November 2019, the eyes of the world were on London as another tragic terror attack unfolded. This time the victims of the attack included learners and educational professionals. This can bring terrorism closer to home for us as learners, teachers and mentors. Many people believe that terror attacks and terrorism are a […]

Poverty at Christmas focus for tpm learners and staff

piles of food items in back of a van donated by tpm learners and staff to tackle poverty

Throughout November staff and learners at tpm have been generously donating to the Reverse Advent Calendar. Instead of opening a calendar and receiving a treat, each day people donate a different item. We have been overwhelmed with the support this campaign has received. Visitors to reception can’t have failed to notice all the boxes under […]

Off The Job Training Demystified

young female employee sits at PC with headphone engaged in webinar

A recent report by the ESFA and the DfE indicates that the ‘off the job’ training rule is still a big concern employers have when taking on an apprentice.  But it’s not as disruptive or daunting as it first appears. Here’s our five-minute guide to ‘off the job training.’ What is ‘Off The Job’ training? […]

Hairdressing apprentices develop knowledge and skills thanks to tpm Lush collaboration

hairdressing apprentice smells hair product on shampoo workshop at lush liverpool

Links with industry form a key part of the learning process for apprentices at tpm. Last week, tpm’s level 2 hairdressing apprentices went to the leading beauty product retailer, Lush in Liverpool to learn about sustainability and regeneration.’ The collaboration with Lush has provided tpm apprentices with a unique experience and opportunity to develop new […]

tpm governors inaugural meeting held

tpm governors discuss roles and responsibilities in meeting room at tpm

At the end of September, the new team of tpm governors were invited to a welcome meeting comprising an induction, orientation and “get to know you” session. Our new team of tpm governors are a team of critical friends. In essence, they are the perfect mix of expert consultants; individuals who have worked with tpm […]

Are you interested in a career in Financial Services?

smiling administration apprentice sitting at desk at Plus Group LIverpoolt

We are excited to tell you about a fantastic apprentice opportunity with a company based in Liverpool City Centre, PLUS Group.  They provide administration support services to financial advisers throughout the UK. They are a small close-knit company with a family atmosphere who have big plans for the future.  So for you, this is an […]

Industry expert Alan Henry delivers masterclass for tpm hairdressing apprentices

tpm apprentices watch Alan Henry demonstrating hair techniques at the masterclass

tpm apprentices were treated to an inspiring hairdressing masterclass last week delivered by industry expert Alan Henry. As a result, they learned new styling techniques and a plethora of professional tips for careers in hair design. The masterclass is just one of the many new features of tpm’s enhanced programme of training for apprentices and […]

Young people warned about risks of vaping

young man vaping

Teenagers across the UK are part of the multi-million-pound vaping market, but now they are being warned about the health risks and to be wary of counterfeit products.  As the end of the summer approaches, a new warning is being issued to young people. tpm is asking its learners to think twice before vaping. New […]

Applying the 7 Themes of the AeLP Code of Good Governance for Independent Training Providers

Company leaders and governors will be reviewing tpm‘s self-assessment and quality improvement plans in conjunction with the seven themes of the AeLP Code of Good Governance for Independent Training Providers as well as Ofsted’s newly published Education Inspection Framework (EIF September 2019) . This will enable us to decide on the best course of action […]

Governance developments at tpm

In September 2018, tpm welcomed the Association of Employers and Learning Providers (AELP), Code of Good Governance for Independent Training Providers and began a process of onboarding the spirit of the code’s values and themes where these fitted with the size and nature of the organisation. Throughout 2019 tpm’s leaders have worked with key stakeholders […]

Key signs of extremism and radicalisation to look out for

english league demonstration Liverpool

In 2011 the government unveiled the Prevent strategy.  Specifically, this aims to prevent young adults from developing views associated with extremism. At tpm, we take this duty seriously and believe that the most effective learning and work take place within the context of tolerance and respect for others. To emphasise, we have a strict zero-tolerance […]

Develop your staff with an Apprenticeship in Team Leading and Supervising

team leading apprenticeships

tpm have recently launched a new apprenticeship standard in Team Leading and Supervising to complement the suite of apprenticeships we already have on offer. Many employers who have developed their existing staff through tpm want to continue to progress their employees with us. We are committed to helping them to achieve that through this level […]

Switching to apprenticeship standards: how are employers affected?

By August 2020 all apprenticeship frameworks will have been replaced by apprenticeship standards. The process is already well underway. In fact many have already been replaced. In the past, the training delivered through apprenticeships has been structured to meet criteria laid out in a framework. Each apprenticeship has a different framework. Basically, a framework is […]

The changing face of extremism

English Defence League supporters in Liverpool 2017

In 2011, the government unveiled the Prevent strategy. This aims to prevent children and young adults from developing views associated with extremism. In addition, since 2014 the Government have asked all education providers to prepare young people for modern British life by promoting British Values. British values include: “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty […]

Leading medico-legal company recommends apprenticeship partnership with tpm

Kim manager of SK Medical

SK Medical Practice is a leading high quality, independent medico-legal reporting organisation. They have a long-term apprenticeship partnership with tpm which allows them to successfully recruit and develop specialist administration staff in ways that suit their organisation. As an SME in an incredibly competitive market SK Medical Practice need their staff to consistently deliver results. As […]

5 qualities an apprentice with Asperger’s brings to the workplace

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism which affects about 1% of the population. People with Asperger’s are of average or above average intelligence. Unfortunately many employers may overlook a potential apprentice with Asperger’s simply because they have no understanding of the syndrome. Specifically, they are not sure about the impact in the workplace. Notably, […]

Why apprentice attendance matters

apprentice attendance matters

A critical factor impacting on the success of apprenticeships in any business, is apprentice attendance at scheduled training sessions with their college or provider. tpm is committed to driving improvement both in our organisation and in the apprentices we develop. If the apprentices we train are successful, this has a positive impact on your business. […]

5 ways tpm supports learner mental health

four mental health champions at tpm

May 13 to 19 is Mental Health Awareness Week, an initiative spearheaded each year by the UK Mental Health Foundation (MHFUK). This year the theme is body image. Research shows over a third of UK adults have felt anxious or depressed because of concerns about body image. Indications are that figures are even higher amongst […]

No Short Cuts To A Hairdressing Career – 5 Skills To Master

pink and blue hair being styled by someone who is training for a hairdressing career

Hairdressing is a serious profession with great career prospects. Working as a hairdresser is much more than giving cuts and blow dries. Despite its image with some as a second rate job, hairdressers possess high levels of knowledge and skills spanning business, maths, chemistry, art and psychology. In addition, they all have a comprehensive understanding […]

tpm duo go to great lengths to support hair loss charity

lengths of hair donated to hair loss charity by tpm staff

The Little Princess Trust is a hair loss charity founded in 2006 to help young people up to the age of 24. Specifically, they provide real hair wigs to those who have lost their hair for any reason. Helen Carroll, tutor for tpm’s hairdressing apprenticeship programme, decided to get her hair chopped off for the […]

tpm Makes Time for Mental Health

tpm learners chat to tpm staff as part of activities to end mental discrimination

A major event in tpm’s calendar each year is Time To Talk Day. And this year was no different. Each year on this day all staff and learners are encouraged to put special focus on mental health and wellbeing despite it being a year-round priority for all at tpm. Mental Health Week Time to Talk […]

Hair colour trends for 2019: tpm hairdressing tutors share predictions

image of back of hair model with blonde hair with a mix of pink and purple faded pastel highlights

tpm hairdressing tutors are constantly tracking trends in the industry. In fact, it’s an important part of their job role. Keeping up to date with trends means that the tutors are brilliantly placed to support apprentices achieve their hairdressing qualifications. Also it means that teaching is always current and relevant. So when it comes to […]

Apprentice travel card boost

tpm apprentices hold apprentice travel card

An apprenticeship is the first taste of full time work for many. Lots of young people are hungry to get on the career ladder but many can’t find a suitable apprenticeship close to home. Apprentice travel costs can be a deal breaker and consequently dream careers can end up on hold. Now there is good […]

5 Reasons To Apply For A tpm Traineeship

You’ve probably heard of apprenticeships but you might not be so familiar with traineeships. You might not be ready for an apprenticeship. Maybe your skills and experience need developing a bit before an employer will take you on. Or get any maths and English qualifications you didn’t manage to achieve at school. If this is […]

tpm Traineeships Are Proven Stepping Stone Onto Apprenticeships

Every year thousands of teenagers leave school hoping to secure an apprenticeship. However, many find it difficult to gain a place. tpm offers a traineeship programme that helps eight out of ten young people get an apprenticeship. Usually, this happens as soon as they complete the course, or within 6 months of finishing. Catch Twenty […]

Learner support critical for apprenticeship success

The support a learner receives is critical to apprenticeship success. If they are left floundering on their own, their progress usually grinds to a halt. Younger apprentices sometimes encounter a hurdle in their job or training. As a result they can just stop turning up to work. Apprentices have different support needs. Some simply need […]

5 Ways Employers Can Help Their Apprentices Achieve On Time

Here’s 5 ways employers can collaborate with their Apprenticeship training provider to ensure their apprentices achieve their qualifications. Completing their Apprenticeship on time means your apprentice has the full set of skills to make significant contributions in the workplace as soon as possible. 1. Create a workplace culture that values ongoing training and development Employers […]

Step Up to Silver

iip silver

tpm has stepped up another level on its programme of continuous improvement, with the achievement of Investors in People (IiP) 6th Generation Standard – Silver Status. Organisations that reach this challenging standard have to demonstrate they are exceeding the national average with their investment in colleagues. Moving from the standard accreditation, that we previously held, to […]

tpm recognised as apprenticeship provider of prize winning nursery at regional awards

old school house nursery staff with tpm staff at LCR Apprenticeship Awards

The Old School House Nursery, one of the employers that tpm has supported for many years with apprentices are celebrating receipt of the Judges Special Recognition at the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeships Awards. The Old School House Nursery in Liverpool employs around 20 staff including 5 apprentices who are training towards industry qualifications in Childcare/Early […]

5 reasons to choose tpm as your Apprenticeships training partner

apprenticeships levy

Since Government funding changes were put in place earlier this year, some employers are now liable to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This is a percentage of their total wages bill which must be paid each year towards the cost of putting their staff on Apprenticeships. The money is held in an online account and if […]

Six Professional Skills Apprentices Bring to Estate Agent Offices

business admin

Successful estate agents rely on a strong foundation of support delivered by administrative staff. More employers in this sector are turning to Apprenticeships in business administration as a way of developing skilled personnel to underpin their organisation’s administrative function. The beauty of Apprenticeships is that they are tailored to meet individual company’s requirements – so the […]