Macmillian Bake off

During the Chester zoo team day the team had a Macmillan bake off, we had a lot of lovely cakes baked ranging from chocolate brownies, key lime pie and lemon drizzle with the team being able to decide one winner  between the lemon drizzle cake and malteser rocky road. We raised a total of £86.25 which was match funded by the CareTech foundation meaning we raised a total of £172.50 well done to everyone who contributed to such a great cause!


Chester Zoo team day

The team at DHA had their annual team building day at Chester zoo, the group were split into teams and tasked with animal themed riddles across the whole zoo. Prizes were given out for best team selfie, best team name and a quiz at the end of the day. It proved to be a great team building day and thank you for everyone who came!

Zoo pic


Very Successful Investors in People visit.

We are now accredited until 2022


Apprentice 19-24 Travelcard – Liverpool City Region

Young people in apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region are being given access to half-price train travel, just in time for the start of the autumn term. Since it was launched in November 2018, the Apprentice Travelcard has offered apprentices aged 19-24 access to half-price bus travel across Merseyside. The inclusion of rail travel now makes it one of the most generous transport discount schemes for apprentices in the country. From September, Apprentice Travelcard holders will be able to purchase weekly and monthly Railpass season tickets at 50% discount from all Merseyrail and staffed Northern stations. Depending on the travel zones covered by the pass, the ticket allows unlimited travel across the Northern, Wirral and City lines  with all rail operators, including Merseyrail, Northern, Transpennine Express, London Northwestern and East Midlands Trains.

Holders of the Apprentice Travelcard must be enrolled participants on registered apprenticeship schemes. Application packs are available from training providers and at Merseytravel Travel Centres, further details are available at

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The Care Workers Charity Hardship Grants

The Care Workers Charity was founded in 2009 with the objective of supporting current and former care workers with one-off hardship grants. They consider applications from those who have worked in a paid role in the UK’s care sector and are involved in or support the provision of care. This includes people who have been involved in residential social care, home care, supported living care or day care. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, you can contact our trainer Tracy at or click the picture below to go to their website.


National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2019)

The 12th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2019) takes place 4 to 8 March 2019.

This annual celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Take at look at this fantastic video on Apprenticeships by one of the companies we work with Future Directions CIC


Children, Young People & Families Standards finally approved!

The long awaited Children and Families Manager Level 5 and the Level 4 Children and Families Practitioner Standards have been approved for delivery.
If you have staff you would like to register on these qualifications or would like more details then please email or call Jules or Michelle on 0151 336 6900

Assessor Vacancy for Manchester Area

DH Associates are looking for a professional, passionate and driven care assessor to join our Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ Training team.  You will have a caseload of 45 learners mostly in Greater Manchester. You will need to have experience in the Care Industry, as well as a real passion for the sector!  We will provide excellent support, training and invest in your future. A very attractive salary package and company car is on offer, so if this looks like you’re next move, get in touch today and get yourself on that shortlist!

Care Assessor: Essential Qualifications

  • Assessor Qualifications
    • Health and Social Care Qualification (Level 5 minimum)
    • English and Maths Qualifications (Level 2 minimum)
    • Full UK driving licence

Care Assessor: Essential Skills

  • Minimum 2 years experience in Care Sector
  • Excellent communication skills to build relationships with employers and learners

Care Assessor: Desirable Skills/Qualifications

  • Experience of managing care services
  • Health and Social Care Qualification Level 4 or above
  • Experience of assessing in care
  • Experience of delivering functional skills
  • Quality assurance of qualifications

We offer:

  • Salary scale of £22,000-£29,000, dependent on experience/qualifications
  • Company Car – Fully Expensed including Private Mileage Allowance
  • 25 Days Holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Company Pension
  • Flexibility of Working Hours (Due to the Nature of the Business)
  • Tools of the Trade, Mobile, Laptop etc are provided.
  • CPD and training
  • Full induction and planned supervision and support

For more information please contact Jacquie Williams or Mike Hall on 0151 336 6900.

To apply please forward your CV to

Learner of the year: Nicola Depledge

Nicola has worked for Bluebird Care Bury for four years. She has completed her Health and Social Care Apprenticeships at level 2 and at Level 3. She moved on to develop her leadership skills completing her ILM Level 2 Team Leader qualification and is now nearing completion of her Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management.
Nicola explained that she feels that the progression from level 2 through to Level 5 has been beneficial to her and Bluebird Care Bury. She feels that using the apprenticeship routes made available to her have helped her to develop new knowledge, developed her skills and given her a better understanding of her role and responsibilities and the needs of vulnerable people.
When informed that she has been chosen as our apprentice of the year Nicola stated that she feels very proud.