Options Training given Quality Award for English and Maths

Lisa Stones, unionlearn and Barry Marks, URTU, present the plaque to Jayne Wise
Lisa Stones, unionlearn and Barry Marks, URTU, present the plaque to Jayne Wise ©Private

Options Training were presented with a plaque last Friday, recognising the company achieving unionlearn Quality Award for English and Maths for all. Staff, students and representatives of unionlearn and the United Road Transport Union (URTU) were present at the formal presentation of the plaque to Jayne Wise, manager of Options Training, in Northampton.

The award was formally achieved in September 2015, following a recommendation from URTU. The provider demonstrated their commitment in working in partnership with unions and proved to deliver high quality courses and programmes to union members. Options Training have worked successfully with ULRs and project workers in delivering training to fulfil members’ needs in their workplaces.

Lisa Stones, Senior Union Support Officer for unionlearn, said:

It's essential for unions and ULRs to be able to form a relationship with a provider who recognise the important role that unions and their reps play in workplace learning. Options Training have shown a genuine understanding of the value that working in partnership with the unions can achieve."

Options Training specialises in providing quality, bespoke training in delivering high quality Functional Skills (Maths, English & ICT), Apprenticeships, Vocational Qualifications and Bespoke Training to help them build skills for a more sustainable future. Options have built a first-rate reputation amongst unions and employers across the region for their quality, results and customer service excellence.

Options deliver across a diverse range of sectors including logistics, food manufacturing, care homes, financial institutions, call centres, warehousing and retailers. One of their strengths is Maths and English for all: employed and unemployed; classroom and work based. They deliver high quality various levels apprenticeship to all ages across Midlands region and beyond. Options Training are also strong on delivering advice and guidance through the National Careers Service.

The unionlearn Quality Award has been available to learning providers and careers information and advice support services since 2007. The Award is given for courses, programmes and advice services that meet unionlearn’s good practice criteria and help signpost ULRs and learners to providers that are working successfully and flexibly with unions. The Award also celebrates the commitment and diligence of ULRs across the country who promote training and learning in the workplace on behalf of union members.

Options have been working with URTU at DHL/Homebase Wellingborough, and other workplaces in East Midlands and the South East 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.

Jayne Wise said:

"I have worked with unions for over 10 years. Working in partnerships with unions and ULRs is beneficial for the members as there is an additional support in the workplaces through ULR networks. It also helps to raise awareness of the courses available to the workers in their workplace and tailor the training to suit workers and employer’s needs.

"Unions and ULRs involvement is invaluable in supporting the learners through the programme as well as supporting them with release time for studies often 50% covered by the employer and 50% by the employee. We have built good and effective relationships with URTU, Unite the union and BFAWU and we are looking forward to working with them and other unions in the future."

Barry Marks, URTU ULF Learning Project worker, added:

"We are lucky to have worked with Options Training, the unionlearn Award is rightly deserved. We have recommended Options Training for the quality award as they always delivered what was expected.

"The support the union, ULRs and students have received was invaluable. They are working with the whole logistics sector across the south of England, but they also have the capacity and willingness to work nationally. It's not just the highest quality of training, it's the support and commitment workers receive during the training programmes where they always put learners' needs first."