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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]