Midlands Quality Awards winners

Midlands Quality Awards winners

Provider: Axia Solutions

Programme: Work-based training

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Axia Solutions

Contacts

Keith Marsh – [email protected]

Role

Director

Tel:

01782 572777

Further information: Axia Solutions is an Ofsted Grade 1 training provider, ranked as outstanding. Operating independently, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newcastle-under-Lyme College, delivering a range of vocational training programmes designed to meet the demands of learners and employers. With its college links, Axia is now able to offer a much broader range of programmes and qualifications. Steelite, Wedgwood, Aynsley China, Burleigh, Denby, Global and Kidderminster Carpets are amongst the companies that are unionised within which they deliver.


Provider: Dudley College

Programme: Apprenticeship programmes: Business Admin, Customer Service, Team Leading, Management

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Dudley College Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship
Dudley College receives a Quality Award from Pete Waterman during National Apprenticeships Week

Contacts

Rachel Hickman

Role

Key Account Manager

Tel:

07500 787220

Further information: Dudley College has a long history of providing education and training that underpins the regional economy of the West Midlands as well as delivering high quality vocational education and training at an international level. The College provides training in a number of vocational areas, chief among these being Engineering, Construction, Business Commerce and Information Technology.

They deliver Apprenticeships, workplace NVQs, short courses and bespoke training solutions based around the specific needs of the employer. The College works with over 1,000 employers (such as Jaguar Land Rover, Goodrich Actuation Systems, EEF Tilsley, Birmingham Airport and Carphone Warehouse) offering full and part time flexible learning in the workplace or college or through distance learning.


Provider: HMP Nottingham

Programme: Information, advice and guidance

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POA Learning

Contacts

Nicky Volley

Tel:

0115 962 6387

Further information: The Nottingham Learning Centre was opened in May 2009 and was the eleventh centre to be set up in England & Wales by the POA. The centre is open to all personnel employed by or working in the prisons – with HMP Nottingham as the primary centre with link centres at Lincoln and Morton Hall which are run by ULRs; family members and the wider local community are also able to access learning at the centre. The centre is City + Guilds approved and Matrix accredited.


Provider: Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service

Programme: English, Maths and ESOL provision including Dyslexia Support

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Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service
Case studies: Leicester City Council - a model employer for supporting union-led learning

Contacts

Emma Coppock – [email protected]

Tel:

0116 233 4343

Further information: LASALS is part of Leicester City Council, offering adult education for members of staff but their services are accessible to the whole of Leicester city. The Essential Skills programme is aimed Unison, Unite, GMB and UCATT members. The programmes are delivered at LASALS venues and within the employee's work base. English and Maths have been run at regular intervals, programmed in for each term, with the take up from council employees being good; on average they have 180 to 200 people per year over the 2 subjects.


Provider: Leicester College

Programme: Functional Maths and English in the Workplace

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Leicester College Skills for Life

Contacts

Sheena Ramsay – [email protected]

Tel:

0116 224 4060

Further information: The College has worked with a number of unions including Unite, Usdaw, GMB, FBU, Unison and PCS. They have delivered courses at various union offices and workplaces, showing a clear understanding of the need to be flexible in their delivery methods and timetables, understanding the needs of trade union members and have ran effective training for ULR's on literacy and numeracy. They have extensive facilities for unions to use however most of the courses they have delivered have been in member workplaces or in union offices as a learner preference.


Provider: Options

Programme: Maths and English for All

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Options training

Contacts

Jayne Wise – [email protected]

Tel:

01604 745730

Further information: Part of the award-winning eResponse Group, Options specialises in providing quality, bespoke training. Functional skills and Apprenticeship specialists, Options has built a first-rate reputation amongst job candidates and employers across the UK for their quality, results and customer service excellence. Options has been working with Urtu at DHL Wellingborough, delivering ICT and maths & English courses. They have also been delivering maths and English to Unison members at Northamptonshire Police and offering redundancy support including employability skills and maths and English to Unite members at Paperlinks. Options is also strong on delivering advice and guidance through the National Careers Service.


Provider: Stephenson College

Programme: Apprenticeships

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Stephenson College apprenticeships
Rail Industry IT Apprenticeships

Contacts

Peta-Marche Fee – [email protected]

Tel:

01530 836136 x191

Further information: Stephenson College delivers Apprenticeship programmes for a large number of unionised workplaces including Nottingham City Homes, Mansfield District Council and Nottingham City Council. Examples of Apprenticeships are Maintenance Operations, Carpentry and Joinery. The team has worked closely with the GMB ULR at Nottingham City Homes and the UCATT Regional Organiser, and has explored relationships with ASLEF, Unison and BFAWU. In February 2010 a partnership agreement was signed between unionlearn and Stephenson College to support the development of workplace learning and skills in companies and organisations where there is union recognition and to support the development of apprentices and other young people entering the world of work.


Provider: Stephenson College

Programme: Maths and English in the workplace

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Stephenson College

Contacts

Mark Walker – [email protected]

Tel:

01530 836136

Further information: Stephenson College is a large general further education college with the main campus in Coalville and a further campus in Nottingham and has a centre of vocational excellence status in construction and motor vehicle engineering. The College offers substantial work-based training, and it has TTG contracts in East and West Midlands and Skills for Life is offered to all learners via TTG route.


Provider: Tempest Management Training (formerly Gilfillan Associates Ltd)

Programme: Leadership and Management Qualifications via the Trade Union route

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Tempest Management Training

Contacts

Margaret Tempest – [email protected]

Tel:

01623 600810

Further information: Tempest Training has worked with Unison, Unite, BFAWU and the GMB. The ILM courses and City & Guilds Train the trainer and introduction to trainer skills have been run in the East Midlands at various locations to suit the needs of the learners, including workplaces such as Bombardier Transportation in Derby and Hovis and Jacobs in Leicester.


Provider: USDAW DHL learning centre at Sainsbury's

Programme: Information advice and guidance

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Usdaw lifelong learning
Case studies: DHL Stoke - Unionlearn provides key support to "remarkable" union-led learning project

Contacts

Julia Baldwin – [email protected]

John Goodwin – [email protected]

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Provider: Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Programme: Skills for Life/Functional Skills in the workplace

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Vision West Nottinghamshire College Skills for Life

Contacts

Debbie Brown – [email protected]

Role

Functional Skills Development

Co-ordinator

Further information: The functional skills team works closely with trade unions and their members have ensured that the highest standards of delivery are met. The team helps to improve literacy, numeracy and language skills, skills that will benefit the individual and improve business by reducing simple mistakes, reducing costs to business, improving productivity and enhancing team working and staff communication.