News Archive

Office Move

We are moving Wednesday 21st May 2014 to Fiveways House, Buildwas Rd, Neston, CH64 3RU.

Please bear with us on Wednesday as we will not have access to our emails or the main phone.

We will respond to any emails on Thursday and all assessors will be available on their mobiles as normal.

Learner of the Year 2013

We are delighted to announce our joint winners of Leaner of the Year 2013.

Sam Barlow from Tattonhall Local Care and Wendy Entwistle from Leonard Cheshire Disability

Team Day 2013

Brilliant day at Catton Hall in Cheshire. Rifle shooting, archery and quad biking were enjoyed by all even the new recruits Dawn and Julie.

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Tom won the archery and Izzy the rifle shooting.

Team Latest

We would like to welcome our new assessors to the team. Dawn Gouldthorpe covering Greater Lancashire, Julie Murphy covering Southport and Sefton, and Carrie Ryan covering South & East Cheshire and North Stafford.

Welcome to Dawn Rogers, Employer Engagement Officer, who will working alongside Sue George to develop and support our customers.

Traineeships

Traineeships

As an Ofsted Outstanding Provider we are thrilled to be able to offer Traineeships for 2013/14.

Traineeships will give young people the opportunity to develop the skills and workplace experience that employers want and put them in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or job.

Who are Traineeships for?

Traineeships are for young people aged 16-24 (and for young people with Learning Difficulty Assessments up to academic age 25) who want to work, but who need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job.

Traineeships will begin from August 2013 for 16-24 year olds.

 

What will Traineeships provide?

Traineeships will last a maximum of six months. The core content will be a high quality work placement, work preparation training, and English and maths. Providers and employers will have the freedom to bring these elements together in the best way to engage and support individual trainees.

Employers will be at the very centre of traineeships, running the programme or offering high quality work placements in partnership with a trusted provider.

Traineeships offer employers the opportunity to shape young people’s training and experience, creating a larger pool of high quality applicants for their sector to draw on. Employers can influence the design of traineeships in their local area to make sure they provide young people with the skills and attributes that will benefit their business.

Funding for Level 5 Qualifications

A Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care Adults framework has been developed by Skills for Care and was launched in December 2012. There is full funding available for this Apprenticeship.

We currently have a high demand for places with over 40 learners already on programme.

More information on the qualification and the funding is available please Contact our Business Development Team for more information on 0151 336 6900 or email team@dhassociates.co.uk

National Apprenticeships Service

Young people and adults are able to search for and apply to Apprenticeship vacancies online our Apprenticeship vacancies system.

Funding for Level 5 Qualifications

A Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care Adults framework has been developed by Skills for Care and was launched in December 2012. There is full funding available for this Apprenticeship.

We currently have a high demand for places with over 40 learners already on programme.

More information on the qualification and the funding is available please Contact our Business Development Team for more information on 0151 336 6900 or email team@dhassociates.co.uk

Functional Skills

It was goodbye Key Skills and hello Functional Skills on 1st October.

We are giving all learners free access to on line functional skills resources.

Learners are finding the Functional Skills enjoyable and so far learners are passing their tests.

New Qualifications on Offer

We are now able to offer –

Level 2 Apprenticeships in Customer Service

Level 3 Apprenticeships in Management

For more information please speak to your assessor or Contact our Business Development Team for more information on 0151 336 6900 or email team@dhassociates.co.uk

 

Employer Network Days 2012

Thank you to all who attended our employer days in November and December.

Please find links to the Handouts on the Higher Apprenticeships in social care for employers.

Team Latest

Firstly we would like to congratulate Jo Harding who has qualified as an Internal Quality Assuror.

Congratulations to all the assessment team on achieving their English Functional Skills Level 2.

We are sorry to bid a fond farewell to Lindsey Davies who is leaving the company and we wish her all the best for her future.

We finally enjoyed our delayed Christmas night out on 8th March at Eureka Greek restaurant Liverpool where were joined by Wayne and Colleen Rooney.

The Summer Team Day in North Wales is now a distant memory. We took the train up Snowden followed by an afternoon on the Menai Strait on a Rib Ride Speedboat.

We are now plotting our next escapade.

Speed Boats

Excellent News

We are delighted to announce that both Ofsted and LSIS have chosen to use us as case studies for excellent practice.

To read them, please click on the links below.

LSIS Case Study

OFSTED Good Practice Case Study

LSIS Beacon Status Achieved

We have recently been awarded Beacon Status by the national Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). This is in recognition of our promotion and pursuit of excellence in learning and development delivery.

 

Employer Network Meeting May 2012

Thank you to all who attended our latest employer network meeting. The meeting was held on 15th May 2012 and covered the Workforce Development Funding and a discussion on the 16-19 apprenticeship pilot scheme.

OFSTED Grade- Outstanding

Yes it is official, we are Outstanding! Following a 4 day inspection in October we were graded 1 in all aspects of delivery – only 5% of all colleges and training providers achieve a grade of outstanding. A big thank you to all learners and employers who were involved in the inspection. Click to view our full OFSTED report.

Employer Responsive Performance Report August 2011

The latest report from Ofsted for 2010/11 shows we are maintaining and improving outcomes. We are pleased to announce that 96% of learners go on to achieve their qualification with us- the national average is 89%. Not only that but 93% achieve on time, average length 7 months.

First Apprenticeship Completers

Since January 2011 we have had over 300 new learners sign up to the new Apprenticeship Framework. Employers and learners can see the benefits of learners improving their key skills whilst gaining  2 vocational qualifications.

We have now had our first batch of Apprenticeship Completers – congratulations to all of them!

For further information on Apprenticeships, please click here.

QCF New Qualifications Available Now

The new QCF range of qualifications are now available.

The new adult social care qualifications were launched in January 2011. Learners are able to undertake a qualification at level 2 or 3 with pathways to reflect their service user group. Current pathways are generic, dementia or learning disability. Other options will become available in the future.

We have learners doing the level 2 & 3 Diplomas only but the biggest group of learners are doing the dual qualification under the apprenticeship framework. This includes the Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Certificate and the Diploma in Adult Social Care as well as Key Skills.

The management qualifications are provided by our ILM centre and include the Diploma at Level 7, Diploma at Level 5 and Certificate at Level 3.

The new Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce at Level 3 started in September 2010. Our first cohort of learners have just completed.

The new Diploma at level 5 for both Adult and Child Care was launched on 1 April 2011. We have learners registered and enjoying the new qualification which offers a flexible qualification. The qualification is for managers, deputy managers, care practitioners or senior care across all service user groups and services.

Introduction to our Extended Programme of Qualifications including Business Administration, Customer Service and Sales.

Contact us for more information.

Learner of The Month Award

To celebrate the achievement of our learners we select a learner of the month. These learners reflect the diverse workforce in care and each have their own unique story. To view our recent or past learners of the month click on the link below.

Learner of The Month Award

We would like to congratulate all of our learners on achieving their qualifications and wish them all the best in their careers.

If employers are having celebrations of learner achievement please do contact us.

Congratulations to some of our Learners at DH Homecare

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They had an awards ceremony to present Learners with their Health & Social Care NVQ Certificates. Present were Dawn Hodge (far left) and Assessor Nicola Bagshaw (far right).

Customer Service Reviews

We are currently conducting service reviews with our customers. Feedback has been extremely positive. To view some of the comments please click here.

Team Latest

Welcome to Lindsey Davies and Nicky Abel who recently joined our assessment team along with Sue George who joined us as our new Business Development Manager.

We had a brilliant team day in July. Clay pigeon shooting and dirt buggy racing were a new experience for us all.

Dirt Buggies