Case Studies

KCTL Complete their first International training project in Iraq.

Keith Cook Training Limited (KCTL) based in the Oaks in Charnwood completed an 18-month programme for the Swedish Academy for Training in Erbil, IRAQ in July 2017. The project was for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) a development programme for Forklift Truck Operator Training.

A rigorous audit of the vocational training centre took place in Erbil, Iraq completed by KCTL for Lantra Awards, an accredited curriculum provider from the UK, performed a comprehensive inspection of the Swedish Academy for Training (SAT) including checks on the management of records, assessments and CPD history of staff. 

The training area, equipment and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) building were scrutinised to ensure that they met the standards for a safe and professional learning environment. Instructors were interviewed and observed delivering the course content over a period of two days.

Mr George Walton, auditor, mentioned that “a mixed language delivery of Kurdish and Arabic instructions presented a challenge for the trainers’ engagement with students. However, he observed a well-rehearsed and clear structure for the class that enabled all three students to progress together. It was impressive to watch their confidence grow as a direct result of the professional connection made between the Iraqi trainers and learners.”

This Forklift Truck Operator course uses classroom theory and practical based driving, designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed to operate an industrial Masted lift truck safely and with accuracy. The course is comparable to a Level 2 qualification in the UK’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) framework and therefore it is relevant for persons involved with aspects of fork lift truck operations in the warehousing, distribution, construction and land based economies.

Keith Cook Training Limited’s first international project has been a successful one was completed over 18 months. It now means that the Academy can now deliver UK standard training to participants in its development programme and now puts the company on the international map and could lead to further projects in the world’s arena. 



EMA Training celebrate their first Traineeship to Apprenticeship success

The Derbyshire Network member EMA Training are celebrating their first successful learner progressing from a Traineeship to an Apprenticeship.

After moving back to the UK from Cyprus, EMA Training learner Jess Wood tried a number of jobs in Brighton before relocating and settling in Ilkeston. Here, Jess worked in a bakery for a couple of years before deciding to make a change in her life and pursue a career in a completely different field.

It was following a visit to the National Apprenticeship Service website that Jess saw the vacancy for a traineeship with EMA Training advertised and decided to apply. Jess admits that she wasn’t expecting too much following the application but EMA Training contacted her the very next day and following a short interview, she was accepted on to the traineeship programme.

Jess started the 3 week teaching element of the traineeship with EMA Training on the 16th August 2016 and during this time she achieved her AAT Level 2 qualification in Bookkeeping.

Jess then began the work experience element of the traineeship with EMA Training, allowing her to gain first-hand experience within the office environment covering all aspects of office duties, from answering the phone, to filing and photocopying. During the first week of her work experience with EMA Training, they were approached by Larkfields Junior School looking for a Business Administration Apprentice. Jess was the obvious choice to be put forward for the role and following an interview she was offered the role and started her Business Administration Apprenticeship on the 19th September this year.

Jess has found the whole experience has surpassed her expectations and says, "When I first came to EMA Training I honestly wasn't expecting much, it just sounded too good to be true. I'm thrilled to say that they have completely proved me wrong! Everyone there is supportive and genuinely wanted to help me work towards a qualification, something I never dreamed of having. It's through them that I now have that qualification and am working in a job I actually enjoy.  They've gone above and beyond my expectations and I can't thank them enough."

Emma Poxon Business Manager Larkfields Junior School says, “We took Jess initially for a 2 week period at the start of the new school year on work experience. She was fantastic and took to the role straight away. She clearly had good computer knowledge which is always a bonus in a school.  Although she had never worked in a receptionist role previously, she was happy to learn and was a great asset to us during an extremely busy period.

We had no hesitation in offering her an Apprenticeship here at Larkfields Junior.  She has been with us on an apprenticeship basis since the middle of September and continues to improve her knowledge through on the job training, and her study time. Tracey from EMA Training has been a great help to us and has guided us through the process.”

Employment Engagement Officer Kerry Spicer-Fox at EMA Training who has worked with Jess over the last few months, comments, “I have been working at EMA Training for just over a year and I’m responsible for the recruitment of both Apprenticeships and Traineeships. I love working with businesses to find them the right person for the role they are recruiting an apprentice for.

It gives me great satisfaction to know that the work I have done has meant that someone has found the right employer and job for them and that they will continue to learn whilst earning – it is very rewarding.

For the candidates, it presents a fantastic opportunity to get themselves on to the career path of their choice by first studying for a qualification and actually gaining knowledge of their potential future employer.”

Jess is well on the way to completing her Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration next year and is really enjoying her time working at Larkfields Junior School while she is studying for her qualification.  She is also looking forward to using this qualification as a springboard to keep her career going from strength-to-strength.

Traineeships at EMA Training:

Traineeships have been developed to give individuals the opportunity all to gain a recognised Level 2 qualification in Bookkeeping, Maths and English. With EMA Training, learners will also gain vital knowledge and skills in CV writing and interview techniques.

Once the 3 week training is complete, EMA Training place the learner with a company for a 4 week period of work experience. This gives the leaner the chance to understand what it is like to work within a business and the potential opportunity to become the Accountancy Apprentice studying for your Level 3 AAT qualification.

To fit the criteria, applicants must be:

  • Unemployed and have little work experience
  • Motivated to work
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the relevant funding year and qualified below Level 3. OR 19, 20 or 21or 22 or 23 on 31 August in the relevant funding year and have not yet achieved a full Level 2 qualification.
  • Ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a Traineeship