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  • Professional Development courses for you

    19 September 2013

    Competition has never been more fierce for managerial roles. Many young people are choosing to bypass a formal education and going straight for higher positions within companies. Working your way up from shop assistant to manager can be an effective method of gaining more authority within a company, but having bona fide qualifications under your belt can significantly improve your chances. Similarly, gaining these qualifications can ensure current managers continued success and develop your professional skills.

    Total Training Solutions offer a range of professional development courses which can be categorised accordingly…

    If you want to gain a higher responsibility position, feel free to contact us about any of these course on 0800 612 1299 or drop us an email at info@tts-uk.com. Alternatively, take a look at our complete course catalogue to see our entire range.

  • Top up your business degree with a professional development course

    17 July 2014

    Business degrees are some of the most popular university courses chosen by students around the world. The term ‘business degree’ can refer to a wide range of subjects - from finance to HR to management and advertising - and indeed a degree in something as broad as ‘business studies’ can lead to opportunities in all of these areas. However, in a job market where graduates are fighting for employment, topping up a degree such as business studies with a more specific qualification can put you ahead of the game.

    While a business degree promises students the best possible knowledge of how businesses are run, they provide little experience or practical skill. For example, the ability to develop strong relationships. Communication can make or break a business relationship, and learning how to do so effectively can make a big difference to your career. A course in negotiation, resolving conflict, or writing reports can show employers that you have the practical skills required for specific roles or managing a team - saving them training and giving them peace of mind.

    If you have aspirations to manage or lead, the chances are that you’ll be up against many other competitive individuals when you begin to look for work. Working your way up the career ladder requires that you prove your ability to manage or lead a team effectively - this is where a qualification can help. While a degree will show employers that you know how a business or team should be run, a qualification will demonstrate that you are able to put that theory into practice. Taking a qualification in building a team, conducting meetings or organising time and resources effectively will prove that you not only have the abilities required to lead, but that you are driven and committed to your chosen career path.

    Alternatively, if you know what area of business you want to go into, taking a qualification in those specific skills alongside your degree can give you a head start once you graduate. For example, if you want to go into HR, a qualification in equality and diversity or hiring and training can give you a boost onto the career ladder. HR can be a difficult field to get into with no experience, and while a business degree will ensure you’re considered, a more specific additional qualification can prove that you have the skills required to work within a HR team. If you’re more interested in running your own business, a customer service or personal effectiveness qualification can ensure you’re equipped with the knowledge you’ll need to manage your own company.

    Professional development courses are always a worth-while investment, as skills in personal effectiveness and leadership are invariably appreciated by all employers. However for young people currently working towards a career in business, an additional qualification from Total Training Solutions can be especially advantageous. Browse our full range of professional development courses, or call us on 0800 612 1299 for more information. You can also visit our course directory, or email us at info@tts-uk.com with any enquiries.


    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.


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