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  • The different types of learning

    02 May 2014

    Total Training Solutions use a variety of learning techniques, offering flexibility for our customers and an assurance that you can achieve your new certification in a way that is convenient and effective for you. There are four main styles of learning offered by Total Training Solutions, however due to the fact that digital learning is still very much in its early stages, the lines between these different styles of learning can still be somewhat blurred...

    Classroom: This is the most simple and straightforward mode of learning. It takes place in a classroom or centre and most closely resembles a traditional mode of learning. Total Training Solutions have over 800 trainers and 37 training centres throughout the UK, so you will never be more than a short drive away from your nearest classroom learning facility.

    Virtual: Virtual learning is where the use of IT plays a key part. Virtual learning is similar to classroom learning in that a teacher conducts a class with students, however with virtual learning, no face-to-face contact is required. Instead, the class is taught via a computer. Virtual learning has all the same benefits as classroom learning, but is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

    Online: Online learning is similar to virtual learning, although it is less instructor-led. Where virtual classes are scheduled like a regular class, online classes allow students to create their own schedule. This allows for learning at the student’s own speed, and is often used for training large groups. Online courses are also often cheaper as they do not require the expense of a tutor or instructor.

    Blended: As its name suggests, blended learning is a combination of traditional classroom learning and virtual or online learning. These courses are perfect for those who benefit from face-to-face contact with teachers, however do not have the time or the means to attend entirely classroom-based courses. Blended courses may also use a combination of assessment techniques, such as exams to complete electronically, coupled with essays handed in to a tutor or instructor.

    Over the next four weeks, we will be talking you through each type of learning style, and explaining its benefits and drawbacks. Until then, you can find more information about the virtual courses we offer, or if you are curious about how a specific course is taught, you can send us a message through our contact form. You can also feel free to call us on 0800 612 1299 with any other enquiries.

  • The benefits of online learning

    21 May 2014

    Following on from last week’s post on the benefits of virtual learning, this week it’s time to discuss online learning. The two are very similar - both rely on technology, and both use the internet to facilitate learning.

    Many of the advantages of online learning are similar to virtual learning. They both allow students to learn from anywhere, saving time and money. However, unlike virtual learning, online learning allows students to create their own schedule. This makes online learning ideal for students with a full time job or other commitments, or even for those who prefer to work at unusual hours. The flexibility of online learning also allows students to work at their own speed, as they’re not required to keep up with other students or an instructor. If one topic is proving difficult, the student is able to assign more time to it and less time to the areas they find easier.

    In a classroom environment, or structured virtual learning environment, the style and speed of the learning rests in the hands of the instructor, however online learning is far more student-centric, not only allowing individuals to work at their own speed, but in their own style. With online learning, all the resources the internet has to offer are at students’ disposal, and students can choose which ones to use in whichever way is beneficial to them. For example, students who may not respond well to hand outs or written information can watch videos online or use interactive learning tools. Indeed, the level of independent learning - researching and seeking out resources independently - involved in online learning can often enable students to absorb information better, as they are interacting with the material.

    However, of course this method of learning will not suit all students. Some may struggle to motivate themselves without an instructor to guide them through the work, especially for students that have to study late at night due to long working hours. Another problem some students may face is feeling isolated with a lack of support. While some work better alone, others may prefer to have others around them, especially if they are struggling. In a classroom environment, there are plenty of people to ask should a difficulty arise, however with online learning, it’s up to the student to figure it out themselves. While an instructor is always on hand via email, online messaging can often be unreliable and an unclear means of communication.

    There are certain subjects which are taught better through online learning. Again, like virtual learning, IT related courses work well with this style of learning as it allows students to practise their skills as they go. However, there are also certain groups of people who are better suited to online courses. Global businesses with workers all over the world often prefer online learning due to the universality of the courses. It allows all learners to access the same material no matter where they are in the world, and to learn together despite being miles apart.

    If you work for a large business or corporation and believe that your workers could benefit from an online course, contact Total Training Solutions today. You can view our full range of certifications through our course directory, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 612 1299 or through our enquiry page.

  • The benefits of blended learning

    28 May 2014

    To round off this month’s discussion on the various methods of learning, this week we’re concentrating on the advantages and disadvantages of blended learning.

    Blended courses can offer a more well rounded learning experience than any other type of course, offering the best of both classroom learning and virtual or online learning. Despite our reliance on technology, and the many learning tools available online, studies show that most people still learn more from face to face contact with a teacher or instructor than they do from reading from a screen. The multisensory nature of classroom learning engages students, as well as encouraging queries and discussions. For this reason, blended learning suits most - offering a solid basic knowledge from a qualified instructor whilst also encouraging independent learning and the use of online tools.

    This also means that students are not restricted to the instructor’s lesson plan, and have the flexibility to build on what they have already learned in their own time. They are also able to return to class with any questions or concerns they may have encountered in their independent study, encouraging discussion and problem solving.

    Blended learning is often said to cater to the needs of the modern learner. Many modern students, particularly younger students, enjoy using technology within their studies, however dislike online or virtual courses for their antisocial nature. Today, exchanging numbers and email addresses with classmates is common, as building relationships with others on a course can not only make the process of learning more enjoyable, but can also be useful if you find you are struggling. The classroom element of blended courses allows for this. The use of technology and online tools within a blended course classroom also caters to younger modern learners who benefit more from technology, but still prefer instructor-led classes.

    Of course, while blended courses have all the benefits of online and classroom courses, they also have all the disadvantages. The online or virtual element means that they are reliant on technology and an internet connection, and a basic level of IT literacy is often required. A certain level of self motivation is also required due to the independent learning elements of blended courses. However due to the regular classroom sessions, where instructors will expect students to have done the required work, students are often more likely to keep up with their independent work as part of a blended course.

    Learn more about blended courses, or tailor made options Total Training Solution have available or send us an enquiry. You can also visit our course directory to learn about all the qualifications we have available, or contact us on 0800 612 1299 for more information.


    18 August 2016

    It’s August and along with the warmer weather comes the A & AS level results for many thousands of England, Wales and Northern Ireland teenagers. This year, although pass rates are up, the number of A* and A grades have fallen slightly again. The traditional next choice for many is University and a degree, but getting a degree is not the only route into many careers and with the increase in some University fees to above the previous cap of £9,000 to £9,250 per annum it is not always the most cost effective for some.

    Although this year there are more University places available than ever, many top employers are opening up their recruitment to those leaving school with A-Levels. For someone looking to a career in Computer Science, for example, a 3 year degree course will only start you on the professional road. Employees in this field are looking for further vocational qualifications which can be easily gained by someone with A Levels alone. A report by Barclays and the Centre for Economics and Business Research has shown that those entering apprenticeships after leaving school have much higher lifetime earnings than those going into a graduate career.

    If you need to think seriously about an alternative to University then take a look at some of the industry accredited training courses here. You can find out more about our complete range via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • SAGE Payroll – Why get certified?

    30 August 2016

    Many employers in the UK use SAGE to complete their Payroll each pay period. It’s the simplest way to ensure you are paying your staff correctly and compliant with HMRC and Pension Regulator guidelines.

    But did you know that you can now get SAGE Certification?

    Offering SAGE Payroll certification to your staff has many benefits along with increasing competency and efficiency it’s a great way of boost staff morale by encouraging a professional development culture of excellence within your workforce.

    There are three levels of accreditation:
    Level 1 – Covers the basics of setting up the system
    Level 2 – Covers running a payroll period from beginning to end
    Level 3 – Covers more complex procedures such as processing statutory payments, allocating Attachment of Earning orders and administrating Holiday schemes and absence records.

    Taking the exams is simple too as they don’t even need to leave the office. All three exams take just an hour to complete, are online and can be taken at any time that suits the busy workplace environment.

    If you need to think seriously about Payroll Certification then take a look at some of the Sage training courses here. You can find out more about our complete range via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.


  • How to take your NEBOSH General Certificate to the next level!

    15 September 2016

    NEBOSH National Diploma – NEW Manchester dates for 2017

    The NEBOSH General Certificate is a popular course for anyone with Health & Safety responsibilities in their role, but the next step for all Health & Safety Professionals is the NEBOSH National Diploma, a degree level qualification which is for the first time being offered as a classroom course in Manchester in January 2017.

    This 7 week course delivered over a 6 month period allows the individual to apply for Graduate Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health as well as full membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.

    Additional revision workshops and bi-weekly live online webinars are included in the course costs. Along with comprehensive course material both in written and electronic formats so you have the flexibility to study anywhere at anytime.

    For further information on course dates, timings and course fees then please contact us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses, including NEBOSH, can be found on our website, including the NEBOSH Diploma

  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

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