Brian Quinn and Paula

Getting back to work

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.


The past few months have been incredibly challenging for most of us. We have had to be resilient and adapt to a rapidly changing world. tpm has been speaking to learners, staff and clients about how developing resilience has been a key tool over the past few weeks. We will be exploring this further over the next few weeks as we start the return to work and learning.

Back to Work Toolkit

Last week Brian and fellow director Paula Hayes held an online webinar for employers. This featured a presentation on the Back to Work Toolkit, available to download from the tpm website. Here, learners and employers will find all the information they need for returning to work or learning.

Specifically, the toolkit includes:

  • Updates from Ofqual on flexibilities for Functional Skills exams
    These flexibilities mean that apprentices can continue to progress and achieve
  • Final apprenticeship framework cut off dates and the continued transition to standards from August 1st
  • tpm’s current remote working arrangements which are still in place
  • Initial findings from tpm survey completed by learners
    Learners who haven’t yet completed the survey, please contact your teacher or trainer. It takes just 5 minutes and provides us with useful information to support your needs.
  • tpm’s reopening plans including some face-to-face delivery
    We will soon have some training in the centre for a small minority of learners who may need it. For everyone else, centre-based delivery will resume later in the summer.
  • tpm’s health and safety policy, risk assessments and procedures
    We have revised our policies with the help of expert consultant Alexandra Warner from LCS H&S Solutions, one of our valued associates.
  • Guidance on returning to work for our apprentices and trainees
    We have shared this guidance through learners’ electronic learning portfolio. Learners, please follow the guidance given by your employers about working spaces and processes. As always, trainers and teachers can support you if required.
  • Exclusive special offers from trusted tpm associates to help us all establish and maintain COVID-secure workplaces.

Collaboration with our Associates

 As part of the tpm Back to Work Toolkit, tpm has teamed up with LCS and Smart Rethink. In the video, Brian explained the collaboration and the benefits to the tpm community.

LCS provides expert health and safety support. Their Back to Work Package guides businesses through essential requirements to facilitate a safe return to work. LCS also offers a dedicated health and safety advisor to reassure and support implementation.

Another tpm associate, Smart Rethink delivers high-quality first aid training to businesses across the region. Director Barry Hall provides a programme of workplace training for tpm apprentices and employers including paediatric and emergency first aid courses. Furthermore, they offer a DEFRA approved fogging sanitation service, which we are using at tpm.

Looking to the Future

Moving forward, we are exploring if there is anything more we can do. We are surveying employers to get further detail on how we can help. If you haven’t yet completed the survey, please check your inbox for our recent newsletter which includes the link.

As always, if you have any questions or queries, please contact the tpm’s reception. We’re open Monday to Friday, during office hours. Don’t forget, you can contact directors Brian and Paula via the tpm reception too, or you can find their direct contact details on our website and in recent updates.

Finally, before ending the video update, Brian shared a fitting quote from Maya Angelou:

“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.”

Brian punctuated this quote with his own message to sign off the tpm video update:

Keep progressing, NEVER give up! Stay safe and well. We’ll be in touch.”