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Start your Literacy and Numeracy Course in July!

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Fleet Training, First Aid, Education and Training qualifications and Security Training start in JULY!  


If you'd like to enrol on our funded courses to develop a new skill or qualification, please get in touch through our website!  Courses are running across England and with multiple dates and venues there are still slots available to train with us and be newly qualified in time for Summer!  

E Mail to find out more. 


First Aid Training

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Now Available from The Training Alliance First Aid Training at Level 3! 

Now available from TTA, are the Level 3 First Aid At Work Qualification, The Emergency First Aid At Work Qualification and the Automated External Defibrillation Course!  For more details please see the course breakdowns below! 

3 Day First Aid at Work Course

This course is suitable for those who need to be First Aiders in the Workplace in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This course can be adapted to suit a particular audience, for example, clerical or construction staff. The First Aid at Work course is run over three days and includes both theory and practical sessions. By arrangement the course can be run on non-consecutive days, for example - one day a week over three weeks.  

The course covers: 

  • First Aid Priorities

  • Managing Incidents

  • Basic Life Support

  • Examination of a Casualty

  • Unconsciousness

  • Control of Bleeding

  • Fractures

  • Burns and Scalds

  • Common Illnesses

  • Heart Attacks

  • Eye Injuries

  • Dressings

  • Recording and Reporting

  • Regulations

  • First Aid Kits

1 Day Emergency First Aid At Work Course

The Emergency First Aid at Work course can be adapted to suit a particular audience and is ideal for lower risk businesses, in line with the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981.

The course covers: 

  • First Aid Priorities

  • Managing Incidents

  • Basic Life Support

  • Examination of a Casualty

  • Unconsciousness

  • Control of Bleeding

  • Burns and Scalds

  • Regulations

  • First Aid Kits

  • Recording and Reporting

Automated External Defibrillation Course

Automated External Defibrillation (AED) is well established as the only effective therapy for cardiac arrest. The scientific evidence to support early defibrillation is overwhelming, the single most determinant of survival being the delay from collapse to delivery of the first shock. The chances of successful defibrillation decline at a rate of 7-10% with each minute. Basic life support may help to sustain a shockable rhythm but is not a definitive treatment.

We offer a comprehensive Automated External Defibrillation (AED) programme based on the necessary theory, backed up with lots of practical sessions. The course is run over half a day, and is made as informative, yet as enjoyable as possible, thus allowing the students to gain confidence in what is a new and possibly somewhat daunting skill.

Training conforms to current Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines.

For further details please don't hesitate to contact us! 

SIA Qualifications!

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The Training Alliance are seeking SIA professionals who are looking to expand their experience and train others.

We are an SFA funded training organisation who are looking to offer SIA up-skilling in conjunction with literacy and numeracy training.

We are planning to offer a combined literacy and numeracy course with an incentive for completion of an SIA Door Supervisor Training Course.  We are seeking SIA professionals to help us deliver these courses and develop the skills of stewards and up-skill door supervisors. 

Tutors would be supported through the delivery of the training programme and would be provided with all necessary resources and training materials.

Other incentives for course completion currently available include: Education and Training Awards, Assessor Awards and First Aid awards.  All courses are accredited by Pearson or Edexcel.  We would consider funding further courses on advisement from interested parties.

The Training Alliance operate nationally and we would be pleased to hear expressions of interest from any corner of England.  (At the moment there is no funding for Wales or Scotland available.)

If you would like to find out more about delivering these courses or would be interested in undertaking a combined course with us please get in contact with me via email:    

Fleet Trainer Courses Now Available!

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The Training Alliance are proud to offer the DVSA accredited Fleet Trainer Course!


Duration: 4 Sessions

To book your course contact us through our contacts page! 

Registration can be obtained by successful completion of the following examinations which includes:

• Theory Test
• Practical Test of the Driving Ability
• Practical Test of Instruction/Coaching Ability

You must apply for registration within 12 months of successfully completing the training course.

You have a maximum of three attempts at each of the qualifying tests. If you do not pass in three attempts you must wait until the end of your 1 year period before you can apply to re-start the qualification process, starting with the theory test. You should complete a further application form at this point. This should be requested from the Fleet Register Section at DSA Nottingham.

Theory Test:
This is a paper based examination consisting of 100 multiple choice questions split into four bands. 60 minutes is allowed to take the test.

Band 1 - Practises and Procedures
Band 2 - Driver Responsibility
Band 3 - Vehicle and Driver Safety
Band 4 - Driver Development and Training

The overall pass mark for the theory test is 85%, however you must reach a minimum mark of 80% in each of the four main topic areas given above.

Driving Ability Test:
You will be required to produce your current driving licence and ADI certificate before the test commences.

The test lasts approximately 60 minutes and includes an eyesight check and commentary drive.

You must be able to read in good daylight, with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn, a motor vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures. 
79mm in height and 50mm wide at a distance of 26.5m or
79mm in height and 57mm wide at a distance of 27.5m.
If you do not pass the eyesight test you will not be allowed to take the test.
The test will be marked as a fail and will count towards your three attempts.

The test is of an advanced nature therefore a very high standard of competence is required. You must demonstrate that you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and can apply them in practice.
You must have excellent hazard perception and planning skills and understand and demonstrate the principles of Eco safe driving techniques.

During the test you must demonstrate your ability to give a descriptive talk through / commentary whilst driving, for not less than ten minutes.

You will be asked to complete one reversing exercise during the test selected at random.

An emergency stop exercise is not required.

A maximum of 4 driving faults will be allowed

Coaching Ability:
The object of the test is for you to assess the ability and identify then prioritise key risk areas in a customer’s driving and compile a risk profile.
Risks should be reduced by using appropriate coaching methods.
A final risk profile will communicated at the end of the session. 

The test will last approximately 60 minutes and you will be required to:

• Give a short presentation designed to raise awareness of an occupational road risk. It should be interactive and contain validation.
• Involve the customer in an interactive practical vehicle check, which demonstrates knowledge of basic mechanical principles and legal requirements.
• Demonstrate to the customer all necessary pre-start checks.
• Assess the customer’s driving
• Communicate effectively to the customer a risk assessment.
• Provide and demonstrate appropriate coaching methods that help to reduce the risks identified.
• Communicate a final risk profile of the customers driving-highlighting key strengths and weaknesses.

One additional subject will be used when conducting the final validation of the delegates’ ability to coach. This element can be tested verbally.

Attitude & Culture
The ability to identify any weaknesses in attitude to other road users and demonstrate/discuss the benefits of a considered approach to driving.

Legal Requirements
An understanding of the legal requirements concerning the use of motor vehicles on a road; including road traffic accident procedures.

Driver / Passenger Safety
Have a good understanding and be able to discuss the importance of the issues affecting driver/passenger safety. Including drink/drugs, illness, tiredness etc. Also the advantages and disadvantages of ABS, Traction control etc.

Vehicle Safety / Sympathy
Good understanding of basic mechanical principles and be able to convey the reasons and importance of vehicle safety checks.

Vehicle Loading and Security
Ability to demonstrate / discuss the correct way of loading vehicles and discuss the effects on vehicle handling. Also discuss leaving vehicles properly secured etc.

Dealing with Aggressive Drivers
Understanding, and the ability to give correct advice, on preventing and dealing with inappropriate behaviour by other drivers.

Environmental Effects
Ability to demonstrate and discuss the benefits of good driving practice on the environment, including fuel savings. Knowledge of the principles and the application of Eco-safe driving are important.

All About Us - Our 2017 Priorities!

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About us.

The training alliance has been operating since 2008.  We have always focussed on the development of numeracy and literacy skills.  Learners have been supported by The Training Alliance from innumerate backgrounds: pharmaceutical workers, forklift truck drivers, bus drivers, driving instructors, call centre staff, construction workers, plumbers, teachers, welders… the list is as varied as the areas we deliver our courses in!  Our courses have been delivered to learners from Newcastle to London, Norwich to Wrexham, Weymouth to St Ives and even further afield.


Our tutor network operates on a national basis delivering courses as required by our learners.  All our staff are qualified tutors and teachers with years (in some cases decades) of experience in dealing with basic skills in maths and English.  


The functional skills qualification that we deliver is designed as a gateway to progression and as we are a funded organisation there is no cost to the learner or any partner organisation in the delivery of these courses.  


Functional Skills Courses.

The Level One functional skills course exams in literacy and numeracy, are considered as equivalent to a GCSE pass, the Level Two exams are considered equivalent to a good GCSE pass.  Level Two qualifications are viewed as equivalents to a C grade passes in terms of access to progression in learning.  

For example for people to study for a degree, a level 2 functional skills qualification will enable them to meet the threshold access requirements for English and maths skills mandated for study in institutes of higher education.  Similarly the qualification is often required as entry criteria to college courses.  

Importantly the qualification is recognised by businesses as an indication of capability with numeracy and literacy.      



Any candidate for the course must be over 19, a UK or EU national and not hold a GCSE grade C or above in maths and English. 

The course is designed to help people develop a functional standard of literacy and numeracy, hence the GCSE boundary.  Learners with GCE’s, O levels or international qualifications would be eligible.  Learners who hold higher level qualifications, Level 4 customer service or A levels for example, would be accepted onto the course as long as they did not have the GCSE in maths or English at grade C.  

The funding would enable an learner who completed a level 1 course to progress to a level 2 course in the next academic year.


Referral/Course size.

We traditionally run the course in groups of between 10 – 15 people so if you were to have any members that would be interested in the course we would need to build up a group of this size range before we could commence.  

All we would ask regarding referral is that you inform any learner who we are and that a course will be arranged for them once a threshold of ten learners has been met and that there is a commitment required to complete the course.  We will do the rest: arranging suitable venues, providing course materials, delivery of the courses through qualified and fully DBS compliant teachers with suitable experience, delivery of final exams and presentation of certification



We would be able to identify a central training venue to run the courses which suited your workers, we have ran these classes previously and designed them so they were accessibly from major bus routes in publicly accessible sites.  



There are no costs involved in the course delivery at all or in certification or presentation.  The course is designed to help people develop skills there is no financial entry requirement at all the course is fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency.    


Course Outline.

The course consists of four core elements: maths skills, reading and writing, and finally a speaking and listening element. 

The course is ran over three months with four classroom sessions, backed up with homework from three of the days and additional online support as necessary. 


Day 1: induction day

This is usually a half-day session, initially learners will complete their paperwork for joining and review induction materials and the course outline and dates will be scheduled in so learners are aware of the time-scales for completion.

Learners will complete their initial assessment, this allows the training alliance to review each learner’s current skills and assign the level of the course they will be undertaking. 

Also on this day will be delivered some of the skills session to prepare learners for the speaking and listening assessments on day 3.    

Following this session learners will all be issued with a diagnostic pack (about an hour of work in total) which will drill down to the areas in which they may need additional support. 

Once this has been reviewed learners may be issued with additional self-study workbooks which, each take about half an hour to complete some learners may not require these dependent upon their study level and previous study/ability.


Day 2: Literacy and numeracy studies day.

This session usually takes half a day.  Learners complete development lessons to help prepare them for the speaking and listening element of the course.   
We train learners in the use of formal and informal language, letter writing and email composition, identification of types of texts, and specific sessions on improving reading and writing skills.  Learners at level 2 are prepared with their topics for a presentation session on day 3.

The homework from this session will be based on additional literacy skills for any learner that may require this support, this only for learners who require additional study support, this may be for either maths and/or English. 

Workbooks are given out in the session as self-study materials to each learner (about an hour of work) for their literacy skills.


Day 3: Speaking and Listening exams and mock papers.  
This may be a slightly longer session than the half day – dependent upon the number of learners in attendance and the length of any presentations delivered.

The level 2 learners will be required to deliver individual presentations, then participate in assessed formal discussions, the level one learners will be expected to get involved in the Q&A aspects of level 2 learner presentations and then complete assessed formal and informal group discussions whilst being observed by their tutor.

Duringthis day learners complete their maths mock exam and any development points are recorded for support staff from The Training Alliance to deliver targeted support prior to the final exams.

The Homework for this session will be the completion of the mock exams, ideally learners will complete the maths paper in session with the tutor.  If not possible these must be completed prior to the learner sitting their exams.  This allows The Training Alliance to mark, review and provide additional support to any learner who may need it. 

Any learners who do not complete their mock exams will not be able to sit their final exams until these are completed and reviewed. 


Day 4: Final exam day.

Learners will sit their final exams and complete their administrative paperwork.  Any learner who requires a re-sit for any exam will be met and have 1:2:1 feedback along with additional developmental support to enhance their learning, the will then be allocated a time slot to repeat the exam with a tutor present to guide them through the process.



Once the course is completed, The Training  Alliance do like to deliver a presentation ceremony where learners will have their achievements recognised and receive their formal certificates.

Functional Skills for Employers

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 Literacy and numeracy skills in the workplace.       

Do you find that some of your employees struggle to work out basic calculations like adding VAT or sale prices? Do you find that this is a waste of your business’ time and resources?

Do your employees find it difficult to write properly spelt and punctuated emails or letters to your customers? Does this give your customers a good impression of your business?

There have been many reports and news stories about employers who are concerned about their workers lack of functional skills particularly in language and communication and in numeracy. It appears that GCSEs are not giving many people the skills needed to communicate well or do their jobs because they lack the ability to perform functional calculations or write accurately.

Ray, The Training Alliance Director summed it up when he said: ‘…people need to be able to read and write fluently and be able to carry out basic mental arithmetic.  Many school-leavers struggle with these essential life skills.’

If your business in particular, and indeed the whole of the UK economy, is going to be able to compete effectively then employees must have a good level of functional skills which they can apply to the work place. If your employees are well skilled, confident in their literacy and numeracy knowledge and able to apply what they know to the work place, then your business will be able to compete with the best.

Supporting your employees to improve their functional skills in Maths and English will help your business, increase your productivity and efficiency and improve your profile with your customers. Your employees will also gain by improving their skills, gaining in confidence and self-esteem as well as having the transferable skills to be able to do their job better.

To find out more about how we can help you improve the skills of your staff get in touch with our centre manager:

Assessors Award and Education and Training Qualifications!

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Level 3 Award in Education and Training

What is this course about?

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introduction to teaching that will give an insight into the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training, how to plan and deliver inclusive teaching sessions and how to assess and give constructive feedback.

What is involved in the study of this course?

The qualification covers the knowledge and skills required by teachers in the further education and skills sector, such as:
• the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
• inclusive teaching and learning approaches
• assessment of learners
• facilitating learning and development for individuals
• facilitating learning and development in groups
• understanding principles and practices of assessment

This qualification can help you to progress in teaching/training/supported learning roles in a wide range of organisations. These include:

• Public & Private sector organisations
Further Education, adult and community education

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification; however, there is a considerable amount of written work to be completed. This will involve reading of supplied reference books, researching specific topics, applying theory to practical scenarios and demonstrating knowledge and understanding through written work. Therefore, candidates for this course should have a good standard of written and verbal communications skills and be prepared to undertake a considerable amount of evening study.


Level 3 Certificate in Assessment and Quality Assurance

What is this course about?

These qualifications are open to people carrying out assessments and quality assurance in most learning environments including Further Education, Adult Learning, Employers and Charitable/Voluntary/Community schemes.  They are designed for anyone assessing and carrying out quality assurance in all occupational sectors, accredited learning, non-accredited learning (e.g. where performance is being assessed by the learner is not undertaking a qualification), qualifications on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) and qualifications on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

What is involved in the study of this course?

You will cover all the essential principles and practices of training assessment and quality assurance, including assessing competence and achievement.

You will learn in the work environment.

Assessment methods include observation, witness testimony, interview and discussion, oral and written questions, assignments, projects and case studies.

These qualifications can help you to progress your career as a:

• Qualified Assessor

• Trainer/Mentor/Coach

Exam preparation session!

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Dear Learners, 

I have placed some exam preparation resources on the blog. These have some interactive elements I would like you to review and consider as you prepare for your exams. I have included the top three areas voted for in my most recent classroom session! These were: letter writing, identifying types of text and calculating area & perimeter.  

The resources are hosted by TED, when you sit down to review them it will ask if you want to register or log in, you can do this the service is free, you can even log in with facebook.  If you'd rather not, you can still review the content and questions, if you want to send me over any answers I will mark them for you myself rather than the website do it for you. 

I will also look forward to your comments and questions on-line, here on the blog and I'm sure there might be the odd question or two in the class before your finals! 

As ever don't forget you can always get in touch with me via email: 

Writing Techniques and Types of Text Video.

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Great news!

We've put together a new video to help you with the reading exams.  Commonly you will see questions that ask you to define the types of texts that you come across in the reading exams.  This support video will help you to narrow down your choice and decide what type of text you are working with.  

Go check it out on our Videos page!

New Website.

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Currently under development is the new Training Alliance Website, soon you'll start to see more and more of our support videos for your functional skills training and exams.  

Thanks for taking the time to look around the site.