Google’s Safety Centre

On the 4th of October 2018 Google launched a new help centre dedicated to helping teachers educate students on online safety. The Google Safety Centre has resources and information to help teachers discuss important things such as data security, privacy controls, and online protection with their students. The site will eventually be available in more than 65 languages.

Last year Google surveyed over 200 teachers in the UK to learn about their experience with online safety in the classroom, they found that that teachers believe children should start learning about online safety at age seven, and 99% of the teachers we spoke to felt that online safety should be part of the curriculum, 37% of teachers admit they have witnessed an online safety issue occur while in school.

Here at Steadfast Training ltd we believe online safety is important for everyone, follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for regular online safety tips, or follow our #websafewednesdays tag.

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We have moved!

As the company has continued to grow it has been recognised that the business has required more space to expand but also to ensure adequate space for our Teams to grow. We are pleased to announce we have moved to a newly renovated 7,500 sq ft Office within a 1 Acre site located in Spalding. The new office is extensively open plan, holds large training rooms and modern hot desking for our field based teams.

This week we have all been working extremely hard to get moved into our new offices quickly and get back to business as normal.

Our new address is, 5 enterprise way, Pinchbeck, Spalding, PE113YR.

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How to Deal with Redundancy

 

Redundancy is when an employer reduces their workforce because a job or jobs are no longer needed. Dealing with redundancy is something that we all hope never to have to go through, the devastation can seem to much to handle but there are some ways you can hep yourself to deal with it.

First of all, it is important to know your rights. Employers legally have to follow strict procedures when making redundancies, including making sure the selection process is fair, that you receive an explanation in writing, and that the job losses are genuine redundancies and not just an excuse for getting rid of certain people.

You should always check your contract if you have one, this may mention details to do with redundancies, perhaps the likely compensation you’d receive etc. You may also be entitled to job seekers allowance or income support when unemployed to help with any bills you may have. If you are entitled to these or not it is important to plan your finances as soon as you know you are being made redundant.

If you would like more information or help handling redundancy, we offer a great great to help those going through the redundancy process to understand what is happening, how to avoid it in the future and the laws and redundancy. click here to find out more.

Top Tips for applying for a Apprenticeship.

When applying  for a apprenticeship it is important to remember that  its the first impression your possible future employers will get of you, so you best make it count!

  1. Concentrate on the application.

Apprenticeship vacancies often attract very high numbers of applicants. Your application needs to stand out – but for the right reasons.

2. Include all your details.

If A Employer reads your application and finds it promising, you want them to be able to contact you right?  Applications with missing details can be very frustrating for employers.

3. Sell Yourself.

Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular meaning that you need to really sell yourself to an employer, make yourself fit the job and show off any skills you have.

4.Check your spellings!

Make sure to check all spellings and grammar,  This is important as it shows a good level of written communication and attention to detail.

5. Alter the application

Amend your application to fit around what each company want or ask for in the ad. Research the company a little before sending off the application.

6. check it over.

Last but not least check and double check your application. You want it to be perfect

To find out what apprenticeships we offer visit our website: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/What-We-Offer-Learners.asp

Why you need a Fire Warden in your work place.

The important role that fire wardens play in ensuring your business is prepared for a fire emergency should not be underestimated. Along with your emergency plan, fire wardens are an important role to ensure that your workplace is prepared should an emergency like a fire occur.

While there is no requirement set in law to have fire wardens, it is important to appoint fire wardens to ensure that you meet your health and safety obligations in relation to emergency plans and procedures.

what does a fire warden do?

  • Regular fire risk assessments.
  • Fire prevention procedures to be carried out throughout the day.
  • Maintenance of fire emergency systems, including alarms, lighting and other safety features.
  • Maintenance of firefighting equipment, including the extinguishers.
  • Nominate and train competent persons to assist with the fire evacuation.
  • Provide information to staff and relevant people.
  • Produce a fire emergency plan.

Correct Fire warden training is crucial for a safe work environment, We offer a great online course to train your staff that are looking to become a designated Fire Marshal. Check it out here: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/fire-marshall-training.asp

 

Dementia: What you need to know.

  1. Dementia is not just a part of getting older

The majority of people with dementia are over 65 however it isn’t a normal part of getting older. It’s not just older people that develop dementia, in the UK over 40,000 people under 65 have dementia.

2. There’s more to it than just memory loss.

Dementia is mainly associated with memory loss however it affects everyone differently.  This might include changes in behavior, confusion and disorientation, delusions and hallucinations, difficulty communicating, problems judging speeds and distances and even cravings for particular foods.

3.  Investment in dementia research is still low.

Combined government and charity investment in dementia research is 6.4 times lower than cancer research. Putting more  investment in dementia research to raise it to a similar level will help to find a much-needed cure.

4. Dementia is a global issue.

It was a common myth that dementia was only an issue in the western hemisphere but actually, the largest increases in dementia expected over the next 20 years are actually in places like China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dementia affects 46.8 million people worldwide.

You can help. Dementia research desperately needs volunteers to help find new treatments and prevention. They also need people to understand the condition and spread awareness.

Visit our website today and complete our Dementia Awareness course:  http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/Online-Dementia.asp

Benefits to providing end-of-life care training

End of life care is for people who are nearing the end of life. The goal is to help you and everyone affected by your diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life.

End of life care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual effects. Treatment will involve medicines, therapies, and any other support that specialist teams believe will help their patients.

As this is such a sensitive time for patients and families it is important for carers to be trained correctly in order to help the best they can.

  • Staff that have been trained correctly will be confident and competent in delivering end-of-life care that will ensure that the needs of patients and those closest to them are met well.
  • Supporting staff with training and education can help to sustain their health and well being at work and support them whilst providing care in difficult and emotionally demanding settings.
  • Training can be linked to business needs, for example, improving quality of care, ward productivity and efficiency.
  • You can maximize staff potential by providing them with skills that can be transferable to all care settings.

Visit our website to find out more about the courses we have to offer: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/Online-Palliative-Care.asp

 

Managing Conflict At Work

No one likes the idea of colleagues arguing in the workplace, but it does happen and can often lead to bigger problems if not resolved.

So how do you manage conflict at work?

Start by working out who is causing the issue and why, it could just be a clash of personalities or someone bringing personal issues to work. Conflict between work colleagues can often lead to accusations of bullying or harassment.

A good way to manage conflict between members of staff  is to separate them and have a private word with each individual. This would be classed as the informal stage, if the incident was more serious it would be best to move to the formal stage. The formal stage would be where the manager or senior member of staff has to follow internal procedures.

To learn more about managing conflict visit our website where you can complete our online Managing Conflict course

 

 

Why Equality & Diversity is Important in the Workplace.

Equality is the thought that people should all be treated fairly while diversity is about understanding that there are both individual and group differences and so people should be treated differently to fit their needs.

It is important to have both within the workplace as it gives the company a lot of benefits. one benefit is that it helps the businesses reputation, Diversity in the workplace is important for employees because the great reputation it helps to create leads to increased profitability and opportunities for workers.

Another benefit is that your staff will have more positive work relationships .  Positive working relationships leads to staff being more productive and focused on their work. It’ll also make work a nicer place to be in general so staff will feel comfortable being there.

It also important to have diversity and equality as it reduces the risk of legal action being taken against your company for things such as unfair dismissal and discrimination. The last thing any business wants is to be paying out thousands for something that could have been avoided.

Why not take a look at our Equality & Diversity online courses to further develop your understanding.

How an Apprentice could help your Business

People choosing to do an apprenticeship now stands at a record level,  there were 491,300 apprenticeship starts in the 2016 to 2017 academic year of which 121,250 were under 19.

There were 1,656,630 online apprenticeship applications made in 2015 to 2016.

So if so many businesses have taken on apprentices, how could it help yours?

Well,  Apprenticeships have been said to help businesses boost productivity by bringing in new talent that quickly helps to grow your skills base. According to gov.uk , 76% of businesses say that productivity has improved as a result of employing an apprentice.

They also provide a wide range of new ideas. Since they will be doing on-the-job training alongside existing staff, as well as external training with a learning provider, they will constantly be up-to-date with social and technological trends as well as motivating other members of staff with their fresh mindset!

Plus who wouldn’t want bespoke employees? Helping an apprentice realize their potential and supporting them through their training means you get a “grow your own” member of staff at the end of it. 67% of apprentices stay with the same employer after completion.

To speak to our team regarding apprenticeships please contact us on our website, via email or call us on 0845 223 2401