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.

Small Employer of the year: Home Instead Warrington

The Warrington office of Home Instead Senior Care opened on 1st June 2007 and is based at Warrington Business Park. Home Instead Senior care makes a difference to the individual clients and to their family members by investing in their staff through the apprenticeship program.
“We really value the support from DHA, the assessor’s we have had really go that extra mile to bring out the potential of the candidates.  We have seen a real difference in the confidence, knowledge and the motivation of staff.
As a company DHA are always very responsive to all the various needs that crop up.  I would never consider changing to another company “they feel like friends.
I value training and development extremely highly; our vision is to bring out the potential of our care givers to be extraordinary in all they do and how they feel about themselves. So working with DH is perfect, they share our values and are a great team.
We will continue to invest in apprenticeships regardless of the 10% contribution as trained staff out whey  the risk factors of having unqualified staff”.
Melissa Chritchley.

Large Employer of the year: Future Directions

Future Directions is a valuesbased high quality care provider. Their intention is to drive the personalisation agenda so that each individual they support has their own support package to meet their individual support needs.
Future directions provide services across the North West and plan to expand further. They have invested in the Apprenticeship scheme and are seeing the benefits of a well trained workforce.

“Future Directions CIC are committed 100% to the support and development of its staff. We recognise that by making this investment it helps Future Directions to maintain and improve the company and overall social care: standards, safety, productivity and flexibility. It has also help to reduce our staff turnover and sickness.
Our commitment is evident from the top of the organisation and you often hear our Managing Director, Paula Braynion quoting Ricard Branson: “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough, so they don’t want to.
During July 16 we started to work with DH Associates who have 100% complimented our learning and development offer to our staff. Future Directions have found them to be supportive and responsive to our needs. Since April 17 Nicky Bagshaw (Employment & Engagement Officer) has been particularly helpful in supporting us on our journey along the Apprenticeship Pathway”.

June Learner of the Month


Jane Davis

Jane is completing her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care and works for Leonard Cheshire Disability and is based at Wharfedale House, a purpose-built, two story home that can accommodate up to 18 adults with physical disabilities, situated in Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

Jane was put forward for Learner of the Month by her assessor, Jackie Allen. In explaining her reasons Jackie explained that “Jane is an absolute pleasure to teach and have as a learner. Jane attends all her appointments and completes all assigned work to a very high standard. What stands out about Jane is her person centered, holistic care she delivers to the service users. She seems to go above and beyond expectations to ensure the needs and wishes of the service users are met”. In addition to going “above and beyond” Jane has also carried out fundraising to support service users’ trips and holidays.

Jane feels that she is learning from completing her Level 3 Apprenticeship and is really enjoying learning and developing her knowledge, skills and practice.

Well done Jane!