Lauren Crowther     5th April 2022

Local motorcycling legend John McGuinnes acquires LGV Licence with SP Training

Recently, we worked with John McGuinnes, English specialist Isle of Man TT professional and solo motorcycle rider to help him achieve his LGV Driving Licence. We caught up with John post acquiring his licence to find out a bit more about why he wanted to be able to drive an Large Goods Vehicle (LGV)! Read…

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Lauren Crowther     9th February 2022

National Apprenticeship Week: What’s it like doing an LGV Driving Apprenticeship?

An LGV (Large Goods Vehicle)  Driver might not be the first job that springs to mind when you consider apprenticeships, but following the ongoing driver shortage, LGV Apprenticeships are more popular than ever.  If you’re a practical person, enjoy being out on the road, and are looking for a career the complete opposite of a…

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Lauren Crowther     8th December 2021

FAQ’s about HGV Skills Bootcamps answered

The Government is investing in Skills Bootcamps to train up to 5,000 people to become HGV drivers. In addition, people can train through courses accessed locally and funded by the Government’s Adult Education Budget.The move will help tackle skills shortages and support more people to launch new careers within the logistics sector. Find answers to…

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Lauren Crowther     24th November 2021

SP Training expands apprenticeship portfolio with L4 Assessor Coach

This unique course includes the Level 3 CAVA Assessor Award, which is the industry standard qualification for people looking to assess learners for accredited courses. The addition of this course will benefit a variety of sectors in the local area to provide employees with the skills and development who are involved in training, coaching, and…

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C+E Apprenticeship

Lauren Crowther     7th November 2021

New HGV drivers to be allowed to go straight to artic test

Some rules about learning to drive an HGV and bus or coach are going to change on 15 November 2021 (subject to Parliamentary approval). The changes affect: what you’re allowed to learn to drive and take your driving test in how the driving test works From the 15th of November, the DVSA will be pulling…

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Lauren Crowther     25th October 2021

Everything you need to know about the HGV Skills Bootcamps and how to apply

Following the nation’s pressure to save Christmas and combat the LGV Driver and Supply Chain issues, the government recently announced that they are investing in new Skills Bootcamps to train up to 5,000 people to become HGV drivers so new drivers can acquire their license as quick as possible.  Once the bootcamps are operational, it…

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Lauren Crowther     22nd October 2021

Everything you need to know about an LGV Driver Apprenticeship

SP Training has a long history of developing new and innovative, industry-leading, award-winning training solutions, and given the recent driver shortage crisis, wanted to outline our apprenticeship offering with national partners, and what the LGV Driver apprenticeship entails.  We have an abundance of opportunities available through our national apprenticeship Driver Programme, where we partner with…

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Lauren Crowther     27th September 2021

Supply Chain issues ahead of Christmas, what is the solution?

From Nando’s running out of chicken and Costas’s coffee bean crisis to Weatherspoon’s facing Beer shortages and talking Carlings and Coors off the menu, the LGV Driver shortage continues to cause disruption to Supply Chains all over the UK, and it’s not getting any better. The issue that has long plagued the Logistics and Transport…

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Lauren Crowther     18th March 2021

Mental Health In The Workplace – are you prepared?

Today is My Whole Self day – a campaign delivered by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, that aims to champion workplace culture change, so employees feel comfortable to bring their whole self to work.  System People Education and SP Training are proud to be supporting My Whole Self this year. In 2021, we shouldn’t…

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Harry Mason     29th November 2019

New Co-op Driving Apprentice Tops Performance Rankings

An apprentice truck driver, part of the initial cohort of Co-op’s all-new professional driver programme, has beaten nearly 320 drivers to be the top-performer at the company’s Castlewood distribution centre, despite acquiring his licence with SP Training just three months ago. Heading the monthly driver performance rankings, Aron Marshall is part of Co-op’s professional driver…

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Tony Higgins - Managing Director

Harry Mason     11th October 2019

SP Training Launches Dangerous Goods Driving Apprenticeship with Flogas

SP Training has partnered with leading LPG gas supplier Flogas Britain Limited to deliver a bespoke professional driver programme tailored to create new rigid truck drivers for the company, including the necessary training and skills to transport dangerous goods. To help combat the national driver shortage, Flogas is using the Apprenticeship pathway to create new,…

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SP Training Secures Contract To Train DVSA Examiners

Donna-Marie Brown     6th September 2019

SP Training Secures Contract To Train DVSA Examiners

SP Training has secured an agreement with Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to deliver training to its examiners, enabling them to achieve their truck and bus driving licences before they become fully-qualified vocational examiners in LGV (large goods vehicle) and PCV (passenger carrying vehicle). In the last two years, DVSA has trained 63 examiners…

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C+E Apprenticeship

Donna-Marie Brown     19th August 2019

SP Training Welcomes Artic Licence Inclusion Within Apprenticeship Standard

SP Training is welcoming plans to include acquisition of the C+E or articulated truck licence within the apprenticeship standard. The company has provided an array of training services to a diverse range of businesses, from owner-drivers to national groups, and says a change in the way funding is structured can help the industry by allowing…

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SP Training Launches Construction Training

Donna-Marie Brown     2nd August 2019

SP Training Launches Construction Training To Boost Skills In Cumbria

SP Training has launched a new construction training programme to help deliver training to ensure both local employers and their workforces have the necessary skills to combat the national staff shortage. In partnership with Carlisle College, the new range of construction courses will upskill local people, helping to keep jobs in the region and enable…

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Claire Prince     1st August 2019

Summer Driving Tips

Whether it’s the daily commute to work, the school run or a long journey to a holiday retreat, driving in the summer has its challenges. As well as glare, which can also be treacherous in winter, you’ve got high temperatures to contend with, which can make your car behave differently. Roads are often busier, especially…

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National Road Victim Awareness Month

Donna-Marie Brown     1st August 2019

National Road Victims Month

Which month do you think the most road traffic accidents occur?  You might expect the answer to be one of the winter months because ice and snow increase the risks to road users. However, it is August that usually sees more fatalities on UK roads than any other month. For this reason, road traffic accident…

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Claire Prince     25th July 2019

Wimbledon

Wimbledon is a great British Institution. There are so many iconic moments to come out of Wimbledon – among our favorites are John McEnroe’s infamous outburst, Andy Murray’s win which ended Britain’s 77 year wait for a men’s champion, and who can forget Cliff Richard’s singsong in the rain. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament…

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Claire Prince     18th July 2019

Knife Crime

After falling for several years, knife crime in England and Wales is rising again. So, what is happening? Police-recorded knife crime has been rising consistently since 2014, with 39,818 incidents in the 12 months ending September 2018. This is a two-thirds increase from 2014. Out of the 44 police forces in England and Wales, 42…

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Claire Prince     11th July 2019

Sexual Orientation

What is Sexual Orientation? “Sexual orientation” is a term frequently used to describe a person’s romantic, emotional or sexual attraction to another person. Sexual orientation is different from gender identity, which refers to the internal sense of whether one is male or female. The concept of sexual orientation refers to more than sexual behaviour. It…

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Fire Safety at Work

Claire Prince     4th July 2019

Fire Safety at Work

Most fires can be prevented, by taking some basic and common sense precautions. Those responsible for workplaces and other buildings to which the public have access can avoid them by taking responsibility for and adopting the right behaviours and procedures. Causes of Fire in the Workplace Fire is a chemical reaction requiring the combination of…

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Claire Prince     27th June 2019

The Rule of Law

What is the Rule of Law? The rule of law is the legal principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by arbitrary decisions of individual government officials. In essence, no one is above the law. The rule of law underpins the very foundations of access to justice, enshrined in the Magna Carta of 1215….

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Tony Higgins - Managing Director

Donna-Marie Brown     21st June 2019

Warning To Cumbrian Transport Businesses To Use or Lose Levy Funding

SP Training is reminding Cumbrian businesses with a road transport fleet to ‘use it or lose it’ when it comes to accessing the funds they’ve paid into the government’s levy scheme to help address the national commercial driver shortage. After running for 24 months, money paid into the levy by individual businesses will now start…

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Self-Harm

Claire Prince     20th June 2019

Self-harm

Warning: it can be upsetting and potentially triggering to read information about how to self-harm. If you are feeling vulnerable at the moment, you might not want to read the information below. What is self-harm? Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful…

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What is Dyslexia?

Claire Prince     13th June 2019

What is Dyslexia?

What is Dyslexia? The word dyslexia is derived from the Greek Language and literally means ‘difficulty with words’. Dyselxia is characterised by specific problems in learning to read and write.  It is best described as a combination of abilities and difficulties that affect the learning process in one or more of reading, spelling and writing….

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Cycle Safety Blog

Donna-Marie Brown     12th June 2019

Cycle Safety

There are more and more of people taking up cycling every year. Whether it’s to improve health and fitness, helping the environment or just to save some money there are definitely more cyclists on the roads. But how do we stay safe and keep others safe? Tips for Cyclists Many people are put off cycling…

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Mobile Phone use while Driving

Claire Prince     6th June 2019

Mobile Phone Use While Driving

It’s something we see every day, people on their phones while driving. From people holding their phone to their ear having a conversation to people thinking they are subtly able to check Facebook while stopped at the lights. But what are the laws around using your mobile while driving and why does it matter? What…

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Katy Nixon     3rd January 2019

Katy’s Blog – part 12 (The Final Chapter)

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date.   This is it, my final blog! Seventeen…

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Katy Nixon     25th June 2018

Katy’s Blog – part 11

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date.   Unfortunately, this is my second last blog…

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Katy Nixon     11th May 2018

Katy’s Blog – part 10

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date.   I can’t believe how far I’ve come…

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Katy Nixon     3rd April 2018

Katy’s Blog – part 9

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date.   On the 12th of April, it will…

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Katy Nixon     3rd March 2018

Katy’s Blog – part 8

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date. In July last year, as you know, I…

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Katy Nixon     31st January 2018

Katy’s Blog – part 7

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date.   First blog of the year and January…

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Katy Nixon     22nd December 2017

Katy’s Blog – part 6

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date. It’s getting so close to Christmas and I…

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SP Training & Carlisle College Construction Academy

Donna-Marie Brown     11th December 2017

SP Training Partnership Launches Cumbria Construction Skills Academy

SP Training has joined forces with Carlisle College to launch the Cumbria Construction Academy, which will deliver apprenticeship training to help address a skills shortage in the sector. The aim is to create apprenticeship jobs in the construction industry by helping employers take advantage of funded training through the Apprenticeship Levy. Carlisle College has launched a…

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Claire Prince     11th December 2017

Equal Pay

Equal pay is your entitlement to the same wage as someone doing work of equal value to you, the same or broadly similar work as you or work rated as “of equivalent value” by a job evaluation study. This is often, but not exclusively, a gender issue. Women are sometimes paid less than men for…

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Katy Nixon     1st December 2017

Katy’s Blog – part 5

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date.   Yes, it’s this time of the month…

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Claire Prince     29th November 2017

Personal Wellbeing

Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to your overall health, enabling you to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what you want out of life. Past experiences, attitudes and outlook can all impact wellbeing as can physical or emotional trauma following specific incidents.  A child’s wellbeing will be affected by the wellbeing of their parents so it…

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Donna-Marie Brown     10th November 2017

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Apprenticeship levy, which came into effect in April 2017, is part of the government’s plan to increase the quantity and quality of Apprenticeships. The levy is a new tax which aims to fund three million new Apprenticeships in England by 2020. All UK employers who have a total employee pay bill above £3m a…

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Claire Prince     8th November 2017

Skin at Work

Work-related skin problems are very common but they can be very costly. This is not just through the suffering individuals experience, who’s careers can be ended, but also the employer who has to cover sickness absence, recruitment, training and compensation expenses. Work-related skin problems can happen in most workplaces although there are some jobs which…

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Donna-Marie Brown     3rd November 2017

10 Reasons Why You Should Get ‘The Edge’ Funded Training

As most of you probably know by now ‘The Edge’ is back! Once again we have been out and about letting you know what we have on offer and finding out what training you need. But why would you want to take us up on the offer of training? 1 – It’s Not Just One…

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