Animal care, supporting their students every step of the way.

This review which was first posted on Google, highlights just how important good quality teaching is here and the support our students get to enable them to have self belief!
I really enjoyed learning animal care at this college, they have many different animals and you get to learn new things about them. I really enjoyed furthering my knowledge here . They are very good at teaching different ways; each teacher has their own way of teaching but they are more than willing to help you in your learning style. I’m glad to be enrolling again this year. I’m only six weeks into my second course and I have already learnt so much!
I was nervous about completing a level 3 course because I was unsure about how much writing and assignments were involved. Jackie my course tutor is amazing, she’s helped me so much especially during the start of my course. I was very anxious and have tics and she was so understanding and helped me let my class know. I’m incredibly thankful to be on this course and I’m proud of how much I’ve achieved so far.
The college environment is friendly and inviting, they have different people to talk to and you can make friends more easily which I was happy to find out as I really struggle to talk to new people and grow into my confidence. Huge thank you to Achievement Training!!

Making it easier for SMEs to take on apprentices at top of skills minister’s agenda

Andrea Jenkyns has pledged to put making it easier for small businesses to take on apprentices at the top her agenda as skills minister – although she is yet to be party to departmental conversations about making this happen.

The minister was appointed to the skills brief, which involves responsibility for apprenticeships, in July in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle before he resigned as prime minister. Jenkyns was reappointed to the role last month by new leader Liz Truss.

Jenkyns told the Conservative party conference this week that her “big focus” is improving engagement with employers in apprenticeships. She said: “How can we make the process easier for employers, especially if you are a one-man band where you wear several hats, it can be a cumbersome process and it has got to be easy.”

Her comment came after chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng said that too often regulation and “stifling red tape” holds “business and Britain back”, adding that there are “too many rules for small business owners who want to take on an apprentice” in his keynote conference speech this week.

But Jenkyns said she had not been part of ministerial conversations about tackling this issue to date.

“Look, I can’t say what discussions the chancellor is having in his department. We do have bilateral meetings, you know with the education secretary [Kit Matlhouse], but I haven’t been party to those yet,” she told FE Week.

“But I know the department, speaking to not only the civil servants but Kit and the rest of the team, we do want to unshackle businesses to be able to really take on more apprentices. So I say watch this space. I know it’s a cliché saying that, but it’s something the secretary of state and myself are really passionate about because it’s vital. It’s a no brainer, we’ve got to make it easier for businesses to take on apprentices.”

Her comments come six months after the then-skills minister Alex Burghart committed to “reduce friction” for small employers using the apprenticeships system.

The digital apprenticeship service was launched in April 2017 but was only for levy-paying employers to manage and spend their apprenticeship funding.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) fully transitioned onto the service in April 2021, meaning that all apprenticeship starts must now go through the system rather than procured non-levy contracts held by training providers.

Burghart said this has been a “time of significant change” and recognised there are concerns that this “new way of working” has introduced some “additional administration, which has been burdensome for providers, and for particularly for SMEs”.

He revealed in March that he had asked his officials to run a “series of hackathons on the system” to “make sure that we can make it as effective as it can be and reduce as much friction as possible so that we can encourage more SMEs to get involved”.

Asked what progress had been made since this commitment, the Department for Education told FE Week: “We will continue to work with the sector and employers to explore ways to remove barriers to engagement for employers, apprentices and providers.”

Tina McKenzie, the policy and advocacy chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, said it is “refreshing to hear DfE ministers talking so directly about unshackling and incentivising businesses to take on more apprentices”.

She said that two-fifths of small businesses with apprentices say that recruiting and training costs “are on the up – so they could streamline some of the requirements, there”.

Jane Hickie, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, said that too many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) find the apprenticeship system “too difficult to navigate – citing bureaucracy, cost, time, and administrative constraints”.

Recruitment, onboarding and navigating the funding rules are also raised most frequently by SMEs and the providers who support them.

Hickie said she the DfE “clearly recognise the scale of the problem and have committed to undertaking a simplification project – which is welcome”.

Other priorities Jenkyns listed off at the Conservative party conference included raising the “parity of esteem” between academic and technical education, continuing the rollout of T Levels, and introducing the lifelong loan entitlement in 2025.

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Access To Work Awareness Sessions

Able Futures and Remploy are holding virtual Access to Work awareness sessions throughout November and December. These sessions will cover what access to work is, what support it can provide, and the eligibility criteria. The sessions also cover application process, reporting changes of circumstance and disputing a decision. Within the session there are cases studies of how Access to Work can support people to enable them to remain in or move closer to work, as well as a Q&A at the end.

Please see below links to book directly onto the sessions via Eventbrite.

Access to Work awareness session with Able Futures




09/11/22  2pm – 3:30pm
16/11/22  2pm – 3:30pm
17/11/22  2pm – 3:30pm
29/11/22  2pm – 3:30pm




07/12/22  2pm – 3:30pm
13/12/22  2pm – 3:30pm


Access to Work Awareness Sessions with Remploy




25/10/22  2pm – 3:30pm –




10/11/22  2pm – 3:30pm –
30/11/22  10am – 11:30pm




08/12/22  2pm – 3:30pm –


Access to Work can help you get or stay in work if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability.

The support you get will depend on your needs. Through Access to Work, you can apply for:

  • a grant to help pay for practical support with your work
  • support with managing your mental health at work
  • money to pay for communication support at job interviews

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg)British Sign Language (BSL) and Easy Read format.

Practical support with your work

Access to Work could give you a grant to help pay for things like:

  • BSL interpreters, lip speakers or note takers
  • adaptations to your vehicle so you can get to work
  • taxi fares to work or a support worker if you cannot use public transport
  • a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace

Your workplace can include your home if you work from there some or all of the time.

It does not matter how much you earn. If you get an Access to Work grant, it will not affect any other benefits you get and you will not have to pay it back.

You or your employer may need to pay some costs up front and claim them back later.

How to apply

Check you’re eligible and then apply for an Access to Work grant.

Mental health support

You can get support to manage your mental health at work, which might include:

  • a tailored plan to help you get or stay in work
  • one-to-one sessions with a mental health professional

How to apply

Check you’re eligible and then apply directly to either Able Futures or Remploy.

Communication support for job interviews

Access to Work can help pay for communication support at a job interview if:

  • you’re deaf or hard of hearing and need a BSL interpreter or lipspeaker
  • you have a physical or mental health condition or learning difficulty and need communication support

Find out more and apply for communication support at a job interview.

A reminder for the upcoming Southwest online programme on 25th-27th October (Taster session 18th October) for Health and Social Care roles. Anyone interested can follow the link, scan the QR code, or ring the number on the poster.

A reminder for our upcoming Southwest online programme on 25th-27th October (Taster session 18th October) for Health and Social Care roles. Anyone interested can follow the link, scan the QR code, or ring the number on the poster.


We will be running sessions in Plymouth Central Library to help support young people with applications, CVs, cover letters, interview techniques for vacancies. Sign up through the QR code. Alternatively, drop me an email and I can get in contact.

Our first one will be Tuesday 11th October 11am-1pm and will focus on NHS preparation ahead of their recruitment event on the 14th of October. We will be attending this event so can help any young people throughout the process. We will be continuing to work with the NHS so can support wherever necessary.

Ruby Cross  (She/Her) | South West Regional , Youth Development Lead – Health and Social Care

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