Claire Prince     1st November 2017

A British Tradition – Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night)

Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! On 5th November every year, people all over Britain celebrate Bonfire Night. There are small fireworks parties in back gardens along with big organised displays in public parks. This annual tradition is a way…

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Katy Nixon     30th October 2017

Katy’s Blog – part 4

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 am four months into my apprenticeship…

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Claire Prince     25th October 2017

Parliament and the Monarch

In the past Britain’s kings and queens were incredibly powerful. They controlled the decisions that affected everyone in the country. Today, most of the important decisions that affect us are made by MPs and Members of the House of Lords. The Monarch Monarchy is the oldest form of government in the United Kingdom, with a king…

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Claire Prince     18th October 2017


Bullying, in the traditional sense is considered to be a physical act of contact. However, as technology has advanced, bullies have found new ways to torment their victims. Text, email and social media are a great source of communication, however they have now also become some of the most common channels for bullies to use….

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Claire Prince     11th October 2017

Flexible Working

Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs such as having flexible start and finish times, or working from home. The government would like to make employment practices in the UK more flexible and family-friendly. Flexible working allows employees to have a career that fits in with other commitments. By agreeing…

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Claire Prince     5th October 2017

Winter Driving – Are You Ready?

Winter driving is different to driving any other time of the year. Bad weather and longer periods of darkness makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme with prolonged periods of heavy snow and floods. Different weather conditions create different hazards. A single journey may take you into very different weather, road and traffic…

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Katy Nixon     2nd October 2017

Katy’s Blog – part 3

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.   Like I mentioned in my previous post…

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Claire Prince     27th September 2017

Third Sector Organisations

Third sector organisations is a term used to describe a range of organisations that are neither public sector nor private sector. It includes: voluntary organisations community organisations registered charities associations, self-help groups community groups social enterprises mutuals co-operatives   Third Sector Organisations generally: are independent of government are ‘value-driven’, they are motivated by the desire to…

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Claire Prince     21st September 2017

Nomophobia – Fear of No Mobile Phone

What is Nomophobia? Nomophobia is a fear of ‘No Mobile Phone’ According to the latest figures some people can spend over three hours on their smartphones.  For anyone who has been on public transport and noticed nearly every passenger glued to their smartphone, this research is hardly surprising.  Call it dependency or a full-blown addiction,…

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Claire Prince     6th September 2017

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Why use PPE? It is important that a workplace is made safe….

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Katy Nixon     1st September 2017

Katy’s Blog – part 2

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.   Since my last post I have improved…

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Claire Prince     23rd August 2017

Operation of Parliament, Voters, Elections and Role of Political Peers

Operation of Parliament The main functions of the UK Parliament are to: Check and challenge the work of the Government (scrutiny) Make and change laws (legislation) Debate the important issues of the day (debating) Check and approve Government spending (budget/taxes)   Parliament is made up of three central elements: the House of Commons the House of Lords the…

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Stuart Davison     21st August 2017

Driver CPC Hours – How Not to Get Caught Out!

When I have been out and about visiting customers, there has been some confusion around the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC). It seems that everybody is aware that all drivers have to complete 35 hours training in a 5-year period. For those that did their CPC when it was first introduced the 5-year…

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Claire Prince     17th August 2017

Work Related Stress

Well-designed, organised and managed work is good for us but when insufficient attention to job design, work organisation and management has taken place, it can result in work related stress. Work related stress develops because a person is unable to cope with the demands being placed on them. Stress, including work related stress, can be…

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Claire Prince     9th August 2017

Pregnancy and Maternity Leave

It is unlawful for your employer to dismiss you because you are pregnant or for reasons connected with your pregnancy or maternity leave. It is also unlawful for your employer to deny you access to holiday pay, sickness pay, training or any other contractual benefit that all employees are entitled to. Pregnancy is not an…

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Donna-Marie Brown     8th August 2017

The Green Cross Code

The Green Cross Code was created to raise awareness of pedestrian road safety in the United Kingdom. Even though the Green Cross Code is taught in schools it needs to be reinforced at home by parents/guardians practicing and explaining the code to children. In 2015, 39% of child road casualties were pedestrians that is 6,280. Help stop your child being…

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Donna-Marie Brown     4th August 2017

What to Do at a Road Traffic Accident

Hopefully you will never be involved in a road traffic accident but what if you are? What would you do if were the first, or the only, person to arrive at the scene of an accident? Do not panic we have some basic advice to help keep yourself safe and save lives. Warn Others Park…

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Katy Nixon     4th August 2017

Katy’s Blog – part 1

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 started my Supply Chain Warehouse Operative…

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Stuart Davison     4th August 2017

Is Apprenticeship the Right Word?

Being new to a training provider company (SP Training) part of my own learning has been understanding the new apprenticeships and the Levy payments for businesses with a £3 million plus wage bill. My first impression of apprenticeships was ‘this is a scheme for 16 -19 years old who are starting work and to help…

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Claire Prince     2nd August 2017

Health & Safety – Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.  Repetitive action is when you do the same movement over and over again for long periods of time. Where it first causes strain, and then injury. Which is why we…

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Claire Prince     26th July 2017

British Values – Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect

Individual Liberty “The right to believe, act and express oneself freely.”  Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control. It is the protection of your rights and the rights of others. It is seen in day to day life through the following: Equality and Human Rights Respect and Dignity…

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Donna-Marie Brown     24th July 2017

Acid Attacks – What to Do if It Happens to You!

  OK, yes I know what you are thinking what does this training company know about acid attacks?! Well dangerous goods are one of our specialist subjects and something we take very seriously. ‘Acid’ attacks have been very prominent in the news recently with the numbers of attacks on the rise. According to police figures…

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Claire Prince     19th July 2017

Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not or cannot consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is important to note that forced marriages differ from an arranged one where the couple willingly agree to the marriage. Forced marriage is recognised in the UK as a form of…

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Claire Prince     12th July 2017

Human Rights

Anyone who is in the UK for any reason has fundamental human rights which government and public authorities are legally obliged to respect. These became law as part of the Human Rights Act 1998. You can download the Human Rights Act from here Human Rights Act The Human Rights Act 1998 gives further legal effect…

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Claire Prince     5th July 2017

Manual Handling

Manual Handling includes a range of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, supporting and transferring a load by bodily force.  A load can be an inanimate object, a person or an animal.  The weight of the item is an important factor, but many other factors can create a risk of injury, for example the…

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Nights Away Pay for Lorry Drivers

Donna-Marie Brown     15th June 2017

Nights Away Money Paid to Lorry Drivers

For many years lorry drivers have benefited from nights away money being paid to them tax free as long as the payments were in accordance with the agreed rates.  From 6 April 2017 there have been changes to this guidance which all haulage businesses should be aware of. The Essential Information Can I still pay…

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Driver Medical

Donna-Marie Brown     22nd May 2017

What is Involved in a LGV/PCV Driver Medical?

As a LGV and PCV training company we are often asked about the driver medical which is needed in order for potential drivers to get their provisional licence. Hopefully this article will ease all the worries you have before you go. The main thing to remember is DON’T WORRY you just need to be in…

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Scania and SP Training

Donna-Marie Brown     5th April 2017

Partnership with Scania

SP Training have formed a partnership with Scania to begin offering a national HGV driver training programme. SP Training and the Swedish giant want to combat the UK’s shortage of qualified HGV drivers, which is estimated to be 40,000 below what is needed. The partnership is aiming to help equip people with HGV driving licences via…

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Donna-Marie Brown     14th March 2017

New apprenticeship launched with Stobart Group

Stobart Group is to use SP Training to run an apprenticeship scheme and provide drivers for Stobart Energy – formerly Stobart Biomass. This is designed to create new jobs and address the national shortage of skilled HGV drivers. The programme has been launched by Stobart Group at its Carlisle, Widnes and Tilbury depots. SP Training…

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Tony Higgins & Robin Brown SP Training

Donna-Marie Brown     4th November 2016

Shortage of HGV drivers brings boom for SP Training

Growing demand for HGV drivers has led SP Training to quadruple its workforce in four months. The business aims to tackle a UK-wide shortage of HGV drivers by providing tailored training programmes from its custom-built facility at Carlisle Airport. Such has been the demand, SP Training has already increased its staff numbers from four to…

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Donna-Marie Brown     12th October 2016

Carlisle College lands £8.5million project to boost Cumbrian Economy

Carlisle College has been awarded £8.5m in funding to support Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) vision for Cumbria to have one of the fastest growing economies in the UK by raising skills levels and reducing skills gaps. The project will offer funded training opportunities, focusing on workforce development within Cumbrian small and medium sized enterprises…

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Ellis Castiglio & David Wardle SP Training

Donna-Marie Brown     9th August 2016

‘Live the Dream’ with SP Training!

Ellis Castiglio is living his dream, Ellis wanted more than anything to drive a truck for a living so he approached SP Training for help. Where to start? First of all he had to obtain his provisional truck licence then pass his theory test, before starting the driver training and test. SP Training helped Ellis every step of the way…

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Donna-Marie Brown     29th July 2016

SP Training Logistics Training Centre Launched

A new, industry leading logistics training centre has been launched at Carlisle Airport by SP Training, the newly branded specialist training division of System People. Designed to support the logistics industry, the facility is one of the largest and best-equipped Logistics Training Centres in the UK. Led by Robin Brown and Tony Higgins, SP Training…

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RocketSitesLTD     21st July 2016

SP Training Launched Creating 50 New Jobs In Carlisle

Two Cumbrian businessmen have launched a new dedicated training company which they say will create up to 50 new jobs. Headed by Robin Brown and Tony Higgins, SP Training will become the specialist training division of Carlisle-based System People and will focus on delivering logistics and transport training to both local and national companies. Brown…

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