• Technical IT

    Solutions delivered throughout the UK
  • Business Applications

    Solutions delivered throughout the UK
  • Professional Best Practice

    Solutions delivered throughout the UK
  • Professional Development

    Solutions delivered throughout the UK

Professional Best Practice training courses

  • Introduction to Six Sigma

    09 October 2013

    Six Sigma is a popular set of strategies, methods, and tools used to improve process efficiency within a company. The strategy is designed to identify and remove causes of defects and implement a Six Sigma infrastructure.

    At Total Training Solutions, we offer a Lean Six Sigma Awareness course in order to introduce Six Sigma to an organisation. This will give participants an understanding of Six Sigma theory and practice, and the basic knowledge needed to support the application of Six Sigma in the workplace. Six Sigma targets areas of the operation that are inefficient and therefore affecting the overall business performance - focusing on issues such as reducing cycle process time, reducing pollution, reducing costs or increasing customer satisfaction. Using statistical methods taught in the Total Training Solutions courses, these areas are then methodically worked through to ensure a maximum input to output ratio is achieved.

    However, taking on board a Six Sigma strategy is worthless, if those implementing it are not qualified in these methods. Total Training Solutions provide a range of courses for those wishing to bring their business up to a Six Sigma standard of efficiency. From Lean Six Sigma Awareness to Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belt, Total Training Solutions can ensure your team is qualified to implement the Six Sigma strategy - allowing your business to waste less time and therefore generate more profit.

    To browse our full range of Six Sigma courses, take a look at our course catalogue. For more information on Six Sigma, or any other Total Training Solutions courses, contact us on 0800 612 1299 or via our website.

  • Six Sigma - Yellow and Green Belts

    18 October 2013

    As mentioned in the previous post, a unique feature of Six Sigma is the “belt” infrastructure it implements. By having Six Sigma professionals at every level of the business, each with their own roles, tasks and goals, projects can be completed efficiently, as every team has at least a primary knowledge of Six Sigma strategy.

    The most basic level is the Yellow Belt. Yellow Belts are team members who assist in completing projects though not at a Green Belt or Black Belt level. Through teaching workers at this level - staff members, administrators, operations personnel, team members etc. - the Sigma Six strategy, it ensures all members of the team are working towards the same goal. There is little point in managers and executives aiming for company improvement, if the actual workers are unaware what goals they should be working towards. Total Training Solutions offer a Yellow Belt qualification for organisations who wish to educate their workers in Sigma Six strategy. The course covers Sigma Six basics, as well as elaborating on how the strategy can improve the workplace. Yellow Belts will be expected to think in a data-driven, cause-and-effect, manner and apply this to their work, all of which is taught through the cost-effective two day course.

    Green Belts are one tier above, and these are the workers who traditionally implement projects and act as process leaders. Once qualified, professional staff, operational specialists, managers and executives are often the people who achieve Green Belt status. Through courses such as Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Manager by Total Training Solutions, these members of the team can learn how to support Black Belt workers and work on projects of their own. Green Belts are often expected to suggest new Sigma Six project ideas, lead process improvement projects and disseminate new tools and strategies, all of which can contribute to saving your business money.

    Though lower down in the Sigma Six hierarchy of roles, these “belts” are essential to ensuring Sigma Six strategies and projects are implemented correctly in the workplace. If you’re thinking of improving the efficiency of your business and want to ensure all members of your team are knowledgeable in how to work towards the right goals at their level, contact Total Training Solutions for more information on 0800 612 1299 or via our website. Alternatively, visit our course catalogue to view our entire range of courses.

  • Six Sigma Black Belt

    28 October 2013

     The next tier above Green Belt in the Six Sigma “belt” infrastructure is the Black Belt. The Black Belt team members lead the efficiency projects and are also qualified to train and coach teams in the Six Sigma strategy.

    A qualification to certify you as an official Black Belt under the Six Sigma system is not only advantageous but in fact essential for many managerial positions across the globe. It demonstrates a professional knowledge of the Six Sigma strategy, company efficiency and team management. Black Belts are often expected to prepare project charters, lead teams, coordinate logistics and provide Sigma Six training, coaching and guidance, as well as demonstrating top level managerial capability. A qualification such as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Total Training Solutions indicates this level of ability - teaching higher members of staff how to implement the Sigma Six strategy and build on their pre-existing skills to a gold standard. Recognised the world over, the course is run over a period that suits your business, and is a quick and simple way of improving the efficiency of your business.

    Alongside this course is the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt course. The Master Black Belt takes on further leadership responsibilities within the Six Sigma programme, as an advisor to executive or business unit managers. The course develops experienced Black Belts’ skills and teaches them how to successfully and effectively manage and lead at a higher level. For Black Belts who wish to take on more responsibility and work their way higher up the Six Sigma ladder, this course is a time and cost efficient way to build on their previous experience within the “belt” structure and take on new challenges.

    These roles are at the highest level within the Six Sigma project infrastructure. By having qualified Black Belts and Master Black Belts, a Six Sigma structured company can improve their efficiency and, subsequently, their outgoing costs through smart management, leadership and training. As a manager, a Black Belt or Master Black Belt qualification sets you apart from those without - demonstrating top notch managerial skills and an ability to integrate into and lead in a Six Sigma organisation.

    If you want to improve the efficiency of your business and believe your managerial staff could benefit from Six Sigma training, or indeed if you want to enhance your own prospects, contact Total Training Solutions for more information on 0800 612 1299 or via our website. Alternatively, visit our course directory to view our entire range of courses.

  • Six Sigma Champions and Executives

    01 November 2013

    Every professional project needs organisational support. While Six Sigma Belts work on the project at hand at different levels, Champions and Executives have a more behind-the-scenes, managerial role. Working with the Black Belt (project leaders) Champions and Executives set the direction for new projects and work together to begin to put them into place. They may be required to develop project objectives, select team leaders, provide communication between team members and top management, help to manage budget, and assure that teams are on target and that Six Sigma strategy is being implemented correctly and efficiently.

    Training at this level from Total Training Solutions takes only two days and is a cost efficient way of training members of staff in Six Sigma strategy to improve the efficiency of your business. Champions play a critical role in establishing strategy and maintaining it over the course of the project. Statistics show that it is when Six Sigma is implemented at a managerial level that organisations see the greatest outcome. Staff members implementing the structure at a higher level and ensuring that everyone is doing the job they are required to do prevents miscommunication and ensures a clear cut strategy for everyone to follow. It also aids communication between different “belts” and increases productivity.

    By investing in Six Sigma training from Total Training Solutions at all levels - Green and Yellow Belt, Black Belt and Champions and Executives - you are investing in your business. Highly profitable companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and American Express all use the Six Sigma strategy to aid the efficiency of their business, prevent defects, ensure a faster turn around time and generate more profit. Six Sigma is one of the most revered organisation strategies in the world, and has tried and tested benefits. Training through Total Training Solutions means your organisation will be knowledgeable in the strategy in a matter of weeks, and in no time at all you could be decreasing your defects and cycle times and increasing your profits.

    If you’re interested in implementing Six Sigma in your business, or alternatively, if you simply want to improve your career prospects by showing future employers your ability to fit into a Six Sigma organisation, contact Total Training Solutions today. We have a range of Six Sigma courses for personal or professional improvement, which you can find in our course catalogue. For more information, call us on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website.

  • Health and Safety

    08 November 2013

    With health and safety becoming a growing concern to corporate organisations in the 21st century, proficient training for all employees is essential. While almost all companies now provide training for shop workers, waitresses, factory workers etc, it is important to remember that workers at all levels can benefit from health and safety training. NEBOSH offers training aimed at managers, supervisors and other staff from all organisations who wish to educate themselves in health and safety and certify their knowledge.

    Total Training Solutions offer a variety of NEBOSH health and safety courses, including situation specific training as well as more general certifications such as the National General Certificate. This course is an excellent choice for those wanting a broad yet thorough overview of health and safety protocol, as it allows for further education whilst also being held in high regard as a workplace safety qualification. The qualification covers areas such as risk assessment, hazards, handling and controlling work equipment and emergency action - making it applicable to many different workplaces, suiting most organisations.

    Health and safety training carries with it a number of benefits. As well as the obvious reduced risk of injury, having a certificate in health and safety measures can also be beneficial to your business economically. A reduction in accidents results in lower staff absences and fewer payouts and legal action threats, as well as increasing productivity from workers, therefore generating greater profits. In addition, health and safety certificates are now synonymous with a reputable organisation and can result in a better relationship with investors, partners and customers. Finally, health and safety training can bring a team together, with every worker, regardless of position, looking out for one another and acknowledging the part they play in making the workplace a safer place to be.

    Investing in a health and safety course for your organisation has multiple long-term benefits for the cost of only 11 days training and an affordable fee. Our NEBOSH courses are all delivered by accredited NEBOSH training providers - so you know you’re getting the most professional certification possible for your organisation.

    If you’re interested in a general health and safety course for you, your team or your business, contact Total Training Solutions today to discuss NEBOSH’s National General Certificate. You can call us with any questions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website. Alternatively, feel free to browse our course directory to view the full range of courses available.

  • Construction Certificate in Health and Safety

    15 November 2013

    Health and safety is becoming a big concern for every type of company, but even more so in construction. In fact, health and safety should be the number one concern in every aspect of construction, as the industry is prone to potential hazards and accidents. NEBOSH offers health and safety training intended for managers, supervisors, designers and construction workers in general, in compliance with the Construction Regulations of 2007.

    Construction materials, tools, machinery and handling techniques all come with their own dangers but by implementing and maintaining appropriate health and safety protocols and providing specific training to the staff in this subject, unnecessary risks will be minimized.

    A reduction in company incidents may result in an improvement in the productivity of your workers as well as having economic benefits such as fewer staff on sick leave due to injury, fewer payouts and a reduced risk of legal action. Health and safety certificates also carry some positive connotations for your business that can improve your relationship with partners, customers and investors.

    As a worker, this certificate also has multiple benefits, demonstrating your abilities in your career area as well as laying the ground for a possible future career in health and safety. To potential employers, a NEBOSH certificate demonstrates professionalism and skill, and to potential customers, an ability to finish a job effectively with minimal risk to others on site.

    Total Training Solutions offers the NEBOSH National Construction Certificate, as accepted by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) and IIRSM (The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management), for an affordable price, so you know your new qualification is accredited and recognised worldwide.

    There is simply no excuse for slacking or cutting corners when it comes to health and safety in construction. An affordable investment in 12 days of training will reward you with numerous long term benefits. If you’re interested in our Health and Safety Construction Certificate for your team or your business, contact Total Training Solutions today to discuss NEBOSH’s Construction Certificate, or visit our course catalogue to see what else is available. You can call us with any questions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website.

  • Fire Health and Safety

    25 November 2013

    It is the duty of all managerial and supervisory staff to ensure an organisation is covered in the event of a fire. This involves knowing correct protocol, making sure staff members are aware of how to react in the event of a fire, and being able to carry out risk assessments and spotting potential hazards or where protective measures may be required.

    Fire is one danger which all organisations, businesses and companies need to be prepared for, which is why Total Training Solution offer the NEBOSH Fire Certificate. The qualification is delivered by Phoenix Health and Safety, an accredited NEBOSH provider, so you know that you, your colleagues or your employees are getting the most professional certification possible.

    By preparing your staff to react correctly in the event of a fire, your company or organisation will avoid many personal injuries and material damages. However in addition to these obvious benefits, investing in this specific fire safety qualification for you or your workers may also result in reduced economic outgoings. Fewer days lost from staff on sick leave, fewer payouts and fewer expenses for repairing the damage caused by fire at your place of work will aid your organisation economically, potentially saving you money in the long-term.

    The NEBOSH Fire Certificate from Total Training Solutions is also a potential benefit for people wishing to move higher up the career ladder. Managers and supervisors now spend a lot of time on health and safety, and having a prior knowledge of this can give you the upper hand. Furthermore, if you own your own company, a fire safety certificate can add value to your business, demonstrating professionalism and proactivity in the event of an emergency - a desirable trait if your job involves working in people’s homes, such as building, contracting or electrical work.

    There is no excuse to not provide your workers a good quality fire training when it will result in a safer workplace. An affordable investment in 5 days of training will make a big difference and reward you with numerous long term benefits.

    If you’re interested in a Fire Certificate for you, your team or your business, contact Total Training Solutions today to discuss NEBOSH’s Fire Certificate. You can call us with any questions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website. Alternatively, feel free to browse our course directory to view the full range of courses available.

  • Who benefits from health and safety training?

    02 December 2013

     As previously discussed, health and safety is an increasingly important factor for every kind of business. From the more obvious such as construction workers, electricians or chefs to the less obvious shops and offices, every organisation must now take into account health and safety protocol. This results in less accidents, less compensation claims, and can even save the company money. But who can benefit from a certificate such as NEBOSH and why is it worth the investment?

    People in authority roles within an organisation such as managers, supervisors and directors can always use health and safety training. By having a more rounded knowledge of potential accidents and how to prevent them, a NEBOSH certificate could make your job easier. Reducing accidents from your team and improving efficiency will not only make the organisation run much smoother but also act as a reflection on you as an authority figure. Fewer outgoing costs due to fewer accidents results in a higher profit, which is always noticed by superiors.

    Manual workers also benefit from this training. Increased awareness of how to do a job as safely as possible can increase productivity and decrease the potential for an accident, which could potentially put you out of work for several weeks or months. A health and safety qualification from NEBOSH is also a great addition to any CV. Potential employers will know that not only are you aware of how to act in a responsible and safe manner in the workplace, but also be confident that you are not at risk of becoming involved in an accident due to negligence.

    However, the people who attain the certificate are not the only people to benefit. Customers or clients will also profit from a more health and safety conscious work place. Shop customers will be less likely to be hurt due to mistakes made by members of staff, and clients of electricians, construction workers, decorators, plumbers etc. will have peace of mind that the person working on their property is sufficiently qualified and unlikely to hurt themselves or anybody else on site.

    Total Training Solutions offer a number of NEBOSH health and safety certificates, delivered by accredited NEBOSH training providers, so you know you’re getting the best quality professional training. If you want to learn more about the NEBOSH courses we provide, you can find them here. Alternatively, feel free to browse our course directory for information about other available qualifications. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 612 1299, or you can contact us via our website.

  • How PRINCE2 compares to other project management courses in the industry

    07 February 2014

    There are many Project Management courses available on the market, but which one is right for you?

    PRINCE2 is the leading project management training resource. It focuses on improving project management skills by providing you with a practical methodology to follow. There is a clear process model and templates to the PRINCE2 structure. Some people think of it as a manual with a set of instructions that show you how to organise and run a project.

    Primarily focused on IT operations, PRINCE2 is extremely prescriptive and must be carefully followed for the best results. The system is favoured in government organisations, but has expanded and is now in used in non-government work.

    An alternative project management program is PMP. This is a more theoretical approach to project management and offers techniques and ways to evaluate or complete a project. Differing from PRINCE2, it is suggested that PMP is more of a guide to project management, and how you use or interpret it is up to the individual organisation.

    PMP is closely associated with construction and government or military operations. It provides a standard of which to follow, specifically in IT projects.

    What is beneficial about the PMP system is its flexibility. As it can be adapted to each project, other methodologies, like PRINCE2 and Agiles, fit into it. PMP is comprehensive and can be applied to any project, in its whole or in part.

    What sets PRINCE2 and PMP apart is the role of the project manager. In PRINCE2 the PM is the ‘middleman’ between the ‘workers’ and the ‘board’. Decisions from either side are passed on via the PM. PMP has the opposite approach. Here, the PM keeps the whole operation moving forward to completion. If something goes wrong or there is a problem, with budgets or schedule for example, the PM is to blame.

    There are other project management methods, such as Agile. This is often used to manage new product or service development projects or design and build activities for the engineering and IT industries. The Agile system focuses on flexibility and interaction from team members and suppliers to constantly improve a project’s development. The model doesn’t have a project manager, instead responsibility is divided between three roles.

    To learn more about the Agile, PMP or PRINCE2 project management frameworks, contact Total Training Solutions. We are specialist training providers who can help steer you personal or company development through the knowledge, understanding and certification of industry standard qualifications. For the individual, adding an approved project management qualification to your portfolio will improve your employment prospects. An organisation which invests in project management training for its employees will save, time and money in the long-run through efficient project planning, execution and completion.

    Call us today on 0800 612 1299 for advice or to book your course. You can browse our course directory and contact us via the website if you have any questions.

  • Earning potential with a PRINCE2 qualification

    14 February 2014

    PRINCE2 is the leading project management resource on the market and is recognised globally. As a result, a qualification in PRINCE2 can have multiple financial benefits both for individuals and organisations.

    Individuals with PRINCE2 qualifications are highly sought after in today’s job market. Rarely are project management job opportunities advertised without a preferred qualification in PRINCE2. Due to the fact that the methodology is so widely used within the government sector, it is highly regarded and widely known, and even a basic knowledge or fundamental qualification can secure an interview. The qualification shows your potential employer that you have up-to-date project management skills, which will therefore save them money training you and also give them peace of mind that you will carry out an efficient project.

    A PRINCE2 qualification from Total Training Solutions is the ideal choice for everyone in the project management sector. Whether you’re a recent project management graduate, or you have worked in the sector for years, a PRINCE2 qualification can be of benefit to you. Due to the fact that PRINCE2 knowledge is now often required by potential employers, and sometimes even preferred over experience, a qualification can bring older, more experienced project managers up to speed. It can show your potential employer that as well as being experienced in the sector, you are also knowledgeable in more contemporary practices and are not stuck using tired and outdated methods. On the other hand, for recent graduates, a PRINCE2 qualification can be the ideal move from academic study, to practical knowledge. It shows employers that you don’t just know the theory, you’re also adept in how to utilise it on real projects.

    PRINCE2 can also benefit entire companies and organisations. For smaller, independent companies, a recognised qualification can provide credibility and demonstrate a controlled and organised structure, ensuring good communication and staff competence at all levels. It promises an ability to manage risks effectively and a focus on the aims of the project.

    Whether it is a fundamental qualification, or something more advanced, a PRINCE2 qualification is essential for anyone in the project management sector. The cost of the course is a solid investment due to the potential to advance you in your career. With more and more employers opting for a candidate who looks good on paper, with relevant training and qualifications rather than experience, PRINCE2 has become a yardstick against which to measure candidates - a knowledge which is globally recognised and understood.

    To learn more about the PRINCE2 courses and qualifications available from Total Training Solutions, contact us today. You can call us on 0800 612 1299 or message us through our website. You can view the full range of PRINCE2 courses, or browse everything Total Training Solutions has to offer on our website.

  • The power of PRINCE2

    20 February 2014

    The best way to demonstrate the benefits of implementing the PRINCE2 methodology is to look at the many testimonials of satisfied PRINCE2 customers. PRINCE2 is the leading project management resource on the market, and has therefore been used by everyone from Disney to the NHS, however is most regularly utilised by government bodies.

    PRINCE2 increases efficiency of government operations around the world, as we can see from these two testimonials - one by Suffolk County Council, and the other the Australian Department of Parliamentary Services (or DPS).

    In 2007, Suffolk County Council started a major transformation programme to tackle significant budget challenges. One of the main targets for the central Programme and Project Management team was to help the organisation better manage significant change by embedding a more effective project management system across the organisation, for which they used PRINCE2. Suffolk County Council said;

    “We knew PRINCE2 would provide the fundamental tools and techniques, but were aware that in the past it has been regarded as significantly theoretical and bureaucratic. We needed to tailor PRINCE2 in a way that people running projects would find it easier to use and apply. We had to recognise that not everyone running projects had experience in managing projects, and even fewer had PRINCE2 qualifications.”

    By using PRINCE2 training courses, like those offered by Total Training Solutions, and adapting PRINCE2 methodology to suit their needs, Suffolk County Council have been able to improve their efficiency and enhance overall project board performance.

    Despite Suffolk’s hesitations with this earlier version of the methodology and need to alter certain elements (creating their own PRINCESS system - PRINCE ‘Suffolk Style’), the council still use it for programme and project management and have been more and more impressed as PRINCE2 continues to upgrade and improve...

    “It seems to be more flexible and less prescriptive than the old version. This means it will be more representative of how projects actually run in the real world. It provides much better insight into how the methodology sits alongside other methodologies and corporate systems. This will be a significant benefit in helping to embed best practice across an organisation.”

    Across the world, in the same year, the Australian DPS was also introducing PRINCE2 in order to increase department efficiency. Due to the extensive services provided by and responsibilities of the department, the Product and Service Development Branch made the decision to implement a single project management methodology for a more unified approach. After implementing PRINCE2, the DPS said;

    “What has followed has been a remarkable change in how projects are delivered, including an increased awareness by staff of their roles and responsibilities in the project management life-cycle. All project management staff have received PRINCE2 training. This has established common language and expectations. Career prospects for staff are enhanced through their shared qualifications. Better projects ensure quality outcomes for clients and ultimately increased value for money for all Australians.”

    PRINCE2 is utilised by so many government bodies due to its investment value - what is invested in training is made up for in money saved (and even made) by improved efficiency and project results. If you want to learn more about the PRINCE2 courses offered by Total Training Solutions, take a look at our full range of courses, or call us on 0800 612 1299. You can also view all the courses we offer by visiting our course directory. Feel free to contact us with any questions or queries you might have - we’d be happy to help.

  • Is it best to focus on price when shopping for a PRINCE2 course?

    28 February 2014

    When shopping around for a PRINCE2 course, there are three factors which should be considered: price, accessibility and course type.

    A PRINCE2 course is an investment. PRINCE2 is a highly sought after qualification which can further careers, allowing you to make your money back by working up the career ladder. However, for many a less expensive course would be preferable. Total Training Solutions’ PRINCE2 courses are affordable at a middle-of-the-road cost. Our Foundation course is £549 and Practitioner course, £495. With educational courses, you get what you pay for, and our prices guarantee professional and efficient learning, whilst still being inexpensive enough for most to afford. The project management sector is a very lucrative one, with project administrators earning potentially up to £25,000 and project directors at the top of the ladder earning up to £75,000. A PRINCE2 qualification can help you exponentially in succeeding in this sector, meaning the course will soon pay for itself.

    The second factor to be considered when shopping for a PRINCE2 course is accessibility. Total Training Solutions operate at any of 37 training centres across the UK, from Aberdeen to Exeter, and offer the most comprehensive training schedule in the UK with over 800 trainers. We also offer virtual learning and elearning in an increasing number of our courses, including PRINCE2, for those with a busier schedule. We believe that you should be able to be get the most concise and efficient learning experience possible, which is why our PRINCE2 courses differ from many by only spanning two or three days rather than a week or two, so you don’t have to put your life on hold.

    Finally, when choosing a PRINCE2 course, it is essential to know the type of course which works for you. The 2 main types of PRINCE2 courses are Foundation and Practitioner. The Foundation course is a perfect first step for those who are interested in a project management career. The course covers the main principles of PRINCE2, as well as the structure of the methodology and how the method can be tailored to different environments and projects. The Practitioner course is the next step up and tests candidates’ ability to put the method into practice. However, Total Training Solutions goes above and beyond these basic qualifications, also offering combined courses, BSC certificates for PRINCE2 practitioners and courses using Agile with PRINCE2, taking the advantages of both methods for an even more beneficial and efficient project management solution.

    If you’re considering taking a course in PRINCE2, Total Training Solutions can help. We offer expert service in all areas - price, accessibility and choice - meaning you have the greatest amount of options and flexibility when achieving your new qualification, as well as being guaranteed a professional learning experience. You can check out all the Total Training Solutions training locations, and the full list of the qualifications and training we offer. If you have any queries, contact us today on 0800 612 1299 or through our contact form.


    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.

  • 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

  • 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.


New Articles


Keep in Touch