Added on: 6th June, 2018 by Rachel_10573
A SOMERSET training firm has been approved by the Education & Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) to help care agencies up-skill staff with funding from their organisation’s levy pot (June, 2018).
Levy specialist, AAA Training Solutions, which is based in Weston-super-Mare, can now give care firms free, impartial advice about accessing their levy pots, as well as offering apprenticeship programmes.
Managing Director, Steve Horler, who leads AAA’s team of highly skilled trainers and assessors nationwide, explained: “The levy pot is available to companies wishing to train-up their staff and access all the benefits this brings with it.
“We can help firms in all industries, but are currently focused specifically, and are experts in, the care sector, by fully managing the process from enrolment to end point assessment. We take on the whole thing, making it so much simpler for anyone running a business and for their training and development teams.
“Contrary to popular belief, apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers who are new to the work place, they are available to employers and employees at all levels, including management and leadership training. We can even create bespoke courses for care agencies too.”
The levy pot is available to companies in England with a payroll of more than £3million and is a way of giving staff the chance to access recognised professional qualifications while they work.
“Organisations with well-trained teams tend to have happier and more secure staff that stay with them, so up-skilling through apprenticeships can help increase staff churn by six to 12 months, thus saving businesses money.
“This additional staff retention is also vital in an industry where more and more recruits are needed daily to help cope with the growing demand created by our ever-aging population.
“Home care helps reduce the pressure on the NHS and it has also been proven to be better for the elderly to remain for as long as possible within their own homes. Retaining staff also leads to better care outcomes, as service users have continuity in care.”
AAA Training Solutions specialises in apprenticeship management and assisting businesses that are either subject to the levy, or in Wales where the levy does not apply, sourcing funding to support employers and maximising its use within the necessary timescales.
Steve, who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years, added: “Organisations trust us to deliver their apprenticeships and the high-quality training they need at all levels for their staff. We work closely with our clients to provide programmes that specifically meet their needs and to assist them in up-skilling their existing workforce through the qualification.”
AAA Training began trading after the management team, which combined has 50 years’ experience in education, identified an opportunity to deliver apprenticeships and training in the care sector.
The directors and employees at AAA Training Solutions all have backgrounds in health and social care, and, as a result, the team has an in-depth understanding of the care sector’s training and apprenticeship requirements.
Its experienced nationwide team of trainers and assessors deliver a comprehensive range of courses that run from Level 2 through to Level 5.
“We also work closely with national care providers to deliver high quality Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) training and assessments within our Apprenticeship Programme.”
Understanding that different providers have varying requirements, the team works with each individually to ensure the most appropriate training solutions are delivered.
This may include an induction programme, which can be used towards a QCF qualification and covers all mandatory training to ensure compliance; training for in-house trainers, so they can deliver the modules themselves; an Apprenticeship Programme specifically designed to allow the reclaiming of the Apprenticeship Levy and access further funding if required, as well as ensuring Care Quality Commission (CQC) or Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) compliance with support from AAA Training Solutions’ QCF assessors.
For further details, please call 0345 163 2170, visit www.aaatrainingsolutions.com or follow the company on Twitter at AAATraining1 or log on to www.facebook.com/Aaatrainingsols/.