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  • Have you heard the news the NEBOSH General Certificate is changing?

    17 December 2019

    That’s right from this month’s exam the NEBOSH General certificate syllabus and assessment is changing.

    What you study has been updated to meet the current & future needs of the Health & Safety world.
    Study time has been reduced by 10%. Giving you more time to concentrate on the knowledge you need to perform your role in the work environment.

    The Assessments have changed as well, with only one written exam for NG1 (meaning less revision time) & a more comprehensive practical assessment for NG2 (enabling you to prove your skills & knowledge in the real world).

    The NEBOSH General Certificate is a must for anyone who is responsible for Health & Safety in the workplace

    Getting it wrong where Health & Safety is concerned can be costly in more ways than one.
    Why not start your studies now with both Classroom and Online training available?

    For further information on our NEBOSH courses and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website.

  • Health & Safety – Make sure Ignorance is not your excuse

    14 October 2019

    “Million pound fine for company after worker struck and killed by machinery”,
    “£1.8m fine for steel company after death of two engineer”,
    “Building company fined after worker fell 3.5 metres through skylight”,
    “£50,000 fine for company after apprentice's finger is severed”

    Just four of the headlines hitting the Health & Safety news in the last few months.

    “I didn’t know we couldn’t do that” just won’t cut it, if you end up in court over a Health & Safety Matter.

    Since the 1974 Health & Safety at Work Act and additionally the 1999 Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, the welfare of your staff and visitors is down to you, the employer.

    Up to date and relevant Risk Assessments must be carried out & a Company Health & Safety policy needs to be in place.

    Based on these health & safety procedures required by law, you are expected to introduce measures to control the risk “in so far as reasonably practical”.

    But what does that mean for your business?

    Understanding the law is the first step to ensuring you’re compliant. There are lots of courses out there, but why not start with the gold standard qualification, The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. It gives you the relevant knowledge for every workplace environment.

    Having a qualification demonstrate a serious commitment to health and safety, which can minimise workplace injuries and illness, boost employee wellbeing, & win business at the end of the day.

    For further information on our NEBOSH courses and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website.

     

  • Is your business First Aid Fit?

    10 October 2019

    It’s a fact Defibrillators Save Lives, for every person given defibrillation within the first 3 to 5 minutes of collapse between 50% - 70% survive.

    Do you have the training and expertise in your company to prove this statistic correct?

    As an employer under the 1981 Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations you must provide suitable and appropriate equipment, services & staff to ensure your employees receive speedy attention if they are hurt in an accident or taken ill in the workplace.

    Depending on your company size and circumstances, depends on what is deemed “suitable & appropriate”. Even if you aren’t classed as a high risk hazardous work environment a properly stocked first aid kits is a must, but knowing what to do with the kit shows you are a responsible organisation.

    There are two main First Aid courses for the Work Environment available. The 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work which deals with the basics or the more comprehensive 3 days, First Aid at Work course. Which one is right for you?

    Please contact us for further information.

     

  • Can you afford to Ignore Mental Health in your Business?

    06 September 2019

    This year the 10th October is World Mental Health Day.

    Mental Health rather than being a taboo subject in the workplace, is now something everyone should be aware of and take positive action to support & prevent.

    It is estimated that mental health costs UK employers as a whole, between £33 billion and £42 billion per year.

    A recent study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development highlighted that mental ill health can have a far reaching impact on an organisation.

    It learnt that:
    • 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with their colleagues
    • 57% find it harder to manage multiple tasks in the workplace
    • 80% find it difficult to concentrate on a day to day basis
    • 62% take longer to complete job related duties
    • 50% are potentially less tolerant with customers & clients.

    As a conscientious employer I’m sure that you will have qualified First Aiders to deal with staffs physical wellbeing.

    Now a new range of courses have been launched to support your workforces mental wellbeing. There are a series of difference length courses to suit your individual business requirements.

    Adult Mental Health First Aid helps your company support your staff. Please contact us for further course information.

  • Making Tax Digital Training

    20 January 2019

    From April 2019, 89% of businesses will change the way they process tax, as part of HMRCs move to digitise tax. 

    To help with this process, we can offer specialist one to one training with a Sage expert. Some of the topics covered include:

    *What Making Tax Digital means for your business

    *VAT health check for your business

    *Confidence with the new Making Tax Digital process from sign-up to submission

    *Hands on training on your own software to make sure you are VAT ready

    *A flexible and tailored service to meet your own business needs

    Training is available for Sage Accounts and Sage Business Cloud Accounting.

    As well as one to one training, we can also offer online training for Sage 50cloud Accounts. You can attend a live training session in the comfort of your own home or office. Understand the Making Tax Digital process and discover the tools to help you get started. 

    For further information on our Sage courses and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website.

  • Virtual versus Classroom Training

    13 January 2019

    Significant costs to consider when booking a training course, especially courses over 4-5 days, are travel and accommodation costs. It seems to be getting more and more difficult to find training companies with venues within commuting distance, especially for those of us that don't live within close proximity of our major cities in the UK.

    With the emergence in recent years of virtual learning there is now a viable alternative to traditional classroom based training, but can it deliver the same results?

    There is already evidence to suggest that virtual training works in domains where knowledge, rather than performance, is being taught. For example, online courses in accounting and employment law produce the same outcomes as classroom instruction in terms of knowledge retention. But the situation changes when performance, as well as knowledge, is required. Don’t expect to see lifeguard classes online anytime soon, because performance requires realistic practice. Online training, therefore, clearly has its limitations.

    Virtual training, on the other hand, can provide the same results as traditional classroom training. A study conducted by David Maxfield, Director of Research and Senior Consultant at VitalSmarts, found that:

    - 86 percent of virtual classroom participants rated the experience “just as engaging” or “more engaging than” traditional classroom training.
    - 100 percent of participants were highly satisfied with their training experience.

    Participants averaged a score of 90 percent on a test that measures mastery of skills, 1 percentage point higher than cognitive scores in the traditional classroom. There was no difference between the virtual and traditional classroom participants with regard to behavior change. For both groups, it was immediate.

    As the results indicate, the latest virtual training technologies allow for a high-quality training experience that delivers results. And with comparable results, virtual training can offer more in terms of scheduling flexibility and ease of training. Why not embrace virtual as the wave of the future? Just make sure you do it right.

    For further information on our courses and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website.

  • The Benefits of Online Learning for Business & You

    10 January 2019

    A growing preference in the Training & Development marketplace is the Online Course, with this option being a more flexible and cost effective choice. Online Modules enable individuals to start learning at any time throughout the year, rather than having to wait for set course dates. The ability to fit studying around work & home life commitments more easily, no more having to leave the workplace for long periods of the working day and more importantly in the current financial climate reduces expense with no travel or in-house training costs. There is also still assistance for learners through Tutor Support & Feedback. Some courses even offer Peer Forums so you still have interaction with other learners.

    Many more courses are now being delivered Online. It’s a simple process, from enrolling and receiving your online account, to downloading the course material and working through each lesson at your own pace. To then completing & submitting your assignments to an experienced and qualified tutor, to receiving your personalised feedback and mark & finally passing your chosen course successfully and receiving your accredited qualification.

    Online Learning is the emerging preference to upskill and develop you & your colleagues.

    For further information on our courses and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website.

     

  • New Year, New Time Management Techniques

    06 January 2019

    The start of a new year often means settings new personal and business goals. Quite often, we set goals such as wanting to take more control of our workload but don’t know how to go about it. We do need TIME to reflect on how we can better organise ourselves, our tasks and our teams more effectively. If you never seem to have enough time, better time management may help you gain control of your days.

    "The aim of good time management is to achieve the lifestyle balance you want," says Emma Donaldson-Feilder, a chartered occupational psychologist. Emma's top tips for better time management are:

    Work out your goals
    "Work out who you want to be, your priorities in life, and what you want to achieve in your career or personal life," says Emma. "That is then the guiding principle for how you spend your time and how you manage it."

    Once you have worked out the big picture, you can then work out some short-term and medium-term goals. "Knowing your goals will help you plan better and focus on the things that will help you achieve those goals," says Emma.

    Make a list
    To-do lists are a good way to stay organised. "Try it and see what works best for you," says Emma.

    She prefers to keep a single to-do list, to avoid losing track of multiple lists. "Keeping a list will help you work out your priorities and timings. It can help you put off the non-urgent tasks."

    Make sure you keep your list somewhere accessible. If you always have your phone, for example, keep it on your phone.

    Focus on results
    Good time management at work means doing high-quality work, not high quantity. Emma advises concentrating not on how busy you are, but on results.

    "Spending more time on something doesn't necessarily achieve more," she says. "Staying an extra hour at work at the end of the day may not be the most effective way to manage your time."

    Have a lunch break
    Lots of people work through their lunch break, but Emma says that can be counter-productive. "As a general rule, taking at least 30 minutes away from your desk will help you to be more effective in the afternoon," she says.

    "Go for a walk outdoors or, better still, do some exercise," says Emma. "You'll come back to your desk re-energised, with a new set of eyes and renewed focus."

    Planning your day with a midday break will also help you to break up your work into more manageable chunks.

    Prioritise important tasks
    Tasks can be grouped into 4 categories:

    urgent and important
    not urgent but important
    urgent but not important
    neither urgent nor important
    People who manage their time well concentrate on "not urgent but important" activities. That way they lower the chances of activities ever becoming "urgent and important".

    "The aim is to learn how to become better at reducing the number of urgent and important tasks. Having to deal with too many urgent tasks can be stressful," says Emma.

    Practise the '4 Ds'
    One study found that 1 in 3 office workers suffers from email stress. Making a decision the first time you open an email is crucial for good time management.

    Emma advises practising the "4 Ds":

    Delete: you can probably delete half the emails you get immediately.
    Do: if the email is urgent or can be completed quickly.
    Delegate: if the email can be better dealt with by someone else.
    Defer: set aside time later to spend on emails that will take longer to deal with.

     

  • SAGE Accounts & Making Tax Digital

    20 December 2018

    The 1st April 2019 see another major change for UK Companies with the launch of Making Tax Digital by HMRC. £9 Billion a year is estimated to be lost to the Exchequer in tax revenue through avoidable mistakes in returns.

    The Introduction of MTD aims to make it easier for individuals and companies to get their tax affairs true & correct.

    All VAT-Registered Businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (which presently stands at £85,000) will be expected to keep all accounting records digitally and use appropriate software to digitally submit their VAT returns after the 1st April.

    One of the top accounting software programmes in the world, which fully meets the requirements for MTD is SAGE Accounts. UK based, SAGE is an easy solution to the real problem of fulfilling your businesses obligations to HMRC.

    Our 1-day SAGE Accounts course can be delivered either onsite or at a training facility convenient to you and offers a comprehensive look at the SAGE system. By the end of the course you should be ready & confident to go with SAGE Accounts. Making your business compliance with MTD trouble-free.

    For further information on course dates, timings and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all Sage courses can be found on our website

     

  • Brexit and The Skills Gap

    17 December 2018

    Whether your business is for or against the UK leaving the EU, one thing that should unify all industries post Brexit is fostering a sustainable workforce for whatever the future holds. Learning and development is seen as the key to achieving this objective, with the upskilling of staff a way to combat what could be a less competitive recruitment market if free movement of people between Britain and Europe is affected. There is already a 44% skills gap in Europe, with a lack of digital skills high on the list. It’s forecast that going forward 9 out of 10 jobs will need them in the future. The promotion of lifelong growth and development will expectantly see a learning culture in companies which for some will be a cultural change in itself. There are also many non Brexit benefits to upskilling employees with a boost in morale, productivity and staff retention just a few of the advantages to investing in training. One thing is for sure a strong learning belief in any business has a positive outcome for everyone – Brexit or no Brexit.

    For further information on course dates, timings and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website

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