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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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: Phased return

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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

tpm on hand to offer advice and career opportunities on GCSE Results Day

Thursday is GCSE results day, arguably the most important day in the calendar of any year 11 pupil. And this year has been a year like no other. For learners in Year 11 and Year 13, the period from March to August should have been very different. The Easter holidays should have brought revision sessions, […]

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 […]

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 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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]