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IPS International Ltd.
Northbank House
Sir Thomas Longley Road
Medway City Estate
Rochester
Kent
ME2 4DU
Tel: 01634 298800


IPS International Ltd.
11a Lorne Road
Dover
Kent
CT16 2AA
Tel: 01304 228180

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IPS International Ltd is registered in England number 3368622, with its registered office at the Rochester address above.
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Author: NatalieT15/09/2017
IPS on National Apprenticeship Awards judging panel 2017

IPS were honoured to be invited on the judging panel for the National Apprenticeship Awards this year, with our very own Business Development Manager Sharon Sewell having taken part in the judging process a few months ago.


Author: NatalieT14/08/2017
GCSEs in England are changing

Got your GCSE results for Maths and English? Are you applying for an apprenticeship, and the employer is asking about Grade C and above? Check how your 2017 grade compares with the old 2016 grade.


Author: NatalieT03/08/2017
Are you an engineer looking for a career change?

IPS International is seeking to recruit a passionate, skilled engineer with the technical expertise to take on an Engineering Lecturer role as part of a technical certificate delivery team...


Author: NatalieT02/08/2017
IPS International Engineering Enrolment Start Dates 2017

Congratulations if you have been offered an apprenticeship with one of our employers. Find out all the information you will need for enrolment...


Author: NatalieT25/07/2017
IPS International Engineering Awards 2017

Back this year was the IPS International Annual Engineering Apprenticeship awards on the 20th July 2017 at the Corn Exchange in Rochester to celebrate the work and achievements of their apprentices with their families, employers and IPS Staff in attendance.


Author: NatalieT18/07/2017
Countdown for IPS Engineering Awards Ceremony

The IPS Engineering Awards Ceremony is only a few days away, and we are excited to celebrate the success of the students on the 20th July at the Corn Exchange, Rochester.


Author: Natalie T05/07/2017
Do you need a degree for a prestigious job?

Considering going to university to gain a degree and paying thousands of pounds for it? You may want to reconsider?


Author: Natalie T04/07/2017
Do you know what day 15th July is this year?

July 15 is the World Youth Skills Day. A day to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development. Could apprenticeships be the key?


Author: NatalieT29/06/2017
Could apprenticeships lead to a successful career?

It did for these famous faces. David Beckham, Stella McCartney, Karen Millen and Jamie Oliver to name just a few all started as apprentices.


Author: Natalie T29/06/2017
How can Apprenticeships attract new talent?

Apprenticeships can contribute in reducing the average age of current labour force. Don't you want to bring fresh ideas to your business?


Author: Natalie T26/06/2017
How the Disability Confident Scheme could provide benefits to your business?

Could the Disability Confident Scheme develop a pathway to help everyone succeed?

IPS recently acquired the new Disability Confident accreditation, the process is very quick and easy to do with 3 levels to complete and supports you on your Disability Confident journey.



Author: Natalie T23/06/2017
How well do you know Health and Safety Signs?

Do you know what the different colours represent on safety signs? ... Want to find out? IPS will be running an IOSH Managing and Safely course located at our purpose-built training centre in Rochester in 2018. Find out dates ...


Author: Natalie T15/06/2017
Want to earn while you learn and gain a recognised qualification?

Have you ever considered an apprenticeship? Did you know that it’s a real job, with real training which means you can earn while you learn plus gain a nationally recognised qualification?


Author: ChrisT14/03/2017
Levy Engagement Meetings with IPS

Working in Health & Social Care? Looking to find out more about the Apprenticeship Levy?

IPS will be running two free to attend employer engagement meetings on Friday 21st April 2017 to discuss the implications of the forthcoming changes for both levy and non-levy paying companies.



Author: ChrisT14/03/2017
IPS added to the RoATP

IPS have been approved as a listed training provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).


Author: ChrisT27/02/2017
NAW 2017 - Summary

IPS celebrated this year’s National Apprenticeship Week 2017 with a range of events, advice sessions and promotional spots. Events and campaigns took place up and down the country from the 6th – 10th March with training providers, colleges, employers and various other institutions celebrating the fantastic contribution apprentices have on our society.


Author: ChrisT27/02/2017
National Apprenticeship Week 2017

This year's National Apprenticeship Week will celebrate it's 10th anniversary, with the overarching theme 'Ladder of Opportunity'.


Author: ChrisT14/02/2017
Online Apprenticeship Service – Now live!

The online apprenticeship service is now live for employers to manage their apprenticeship training.


Author: ChrisT27/01/2017
Workforce Development Fund 2017/18

Large national organisations and lead organisations of employer-led partnerships can now apply for the Workforce Development Fund 2017-2018.



Author: ChrisT26/01/2017
AIMS Awards / Teacher Training Course - Book now!

AIMS Awards Level 3 Award in Education and Training (12 credits)

Replaces the PTLLS Award (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)

THIS COURSE TENDS TO FILL QUICKLY SO BOOK EARLY



Author: ChrisT16/01/2017
IPS Apprenticeships - new website!

IPS has launched a new website, dedicated to apprenticeships!


Author: ChrisT15/12/2016
Engineering Education Scheme - December Update

As previously revealed, IPS is working with a group of students from Dartford Grammar School as they partake in the Engineering Education Scheme.
The students are working on an electronic Football Shooting Machine; a machine that launches footballs automatically for goalkeepers to test their shot-stopping abilities against.



Author: ChrisT05/12/2016
Engineering Education Scheme 2016/17

IPS International have teamed with Dartford Grammar School for this year’s Engineering Education Scheme, run by EDT.



Author: ChrisT31/10/2016
How good are we?

Please complete a short survey to rate your experience learning with IPS...


Author: ChrisT03/10/2016
National Apprentice Minimum Wage Increase

The National Apprentice Minimum Wage has increased from £3.30 to £3.40 per hour, as of 1 October 2016.


Author: Andys30/08/2016
ILM Team Leader Programme Commencing in October

Team Leaders / Supervisors who wish to develop the knowledge and skills required to lead and manage their teams


Author: AndyS24/08/2016
BKSBLIVE UPGRADE - NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS

Our functional skills learning resource bksbLIVE has been upgraded.


Author: ChrisT25/07/2016
Engineering Apprenticeship Awards 2016

IPS International hosted its annual Engineering Apprenticeship Awards on the 21st June 2016 to celebrate the work and achievements of the learners over the past two years.


Author: ChrisT27/06/2016
Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans can help you pay for the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.

Eligibility for this loan is not dependent on your household income and there are no credit checks you need to undertake.



Author: ChrisT13/06/2016
Get In Go Far

IPS International are pleased to be supporting ‘Get In Go Far’, the government’s new campaign to help young people find out more about the benefits and opportunities that apprenticeships can bring them.


Author: Andys06/04/2016
Finance for Non-Financial Managers (An AAT Approved 1 Day Course)

Most managerial roles involve the review of financial documents, analysis of financial performance and managing budgets. However this can be challenging if you don’t have a background in finance. This course will help you to understand basic financial documents used in business. You will learn how to interpret the information in these documents, and use it to manage day-to-day business activity. This will enable you to be more effective in your managerial role.


Author: AndyS06/04/2016
City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training

Gain a recognised qualification for training adults - (Replaces the PTLLS Award).
A trainer training course designed to help you with the many aspects of training and learning and/or to consolidate your existing experience, where appropriate.



Author: DonM16/02/2016
Professional recognition day at IPS training centre in Rochester

As part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and recognition for Engineering Apprentices, IPS International is holding an information and registration day led by the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on Thursday 18th February. Its 10.15 for a 10.45 start and finish about 1.00pm with (Refreshments provided).
Apprenticeship Framework qualifications are due to be replaced over the next few years by Apprenticeship Standards and professional recognition forms part of the new Apprenticeship Standards. The IPS CPD and Recognition day is an ideal opportunity for Apprentices and Employers to find out about the professional Instituitions and how to register for professional recognition.
Please contact Nicola Morris, First Year Engineering Section Manager for further details on 01634 298800.



Author: Andys25/08/2015
Level 2 AAT Accounting Programme

Commencing 6th October 2015 at our Rochester centre
Our Introductory Certificate in Accounting will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles by giving you a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles.



Author: Andys24/08/2015
Level 2 AAT Accounting Programme (Commercial Option - Non Funded) Commencing 6th October 2015 at our Rochester centre

Our Introductory Level 2 Certificate in Accounting will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles by giving you a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles.




Author: DonM22/08/2015
You do not have to stay on at school until you are 18

GCSE Results? A Level results? What to do next?
Are you considering an Apprenticeship?
You can leave school at 16 if you are in an Apprenticeship. Three questions...:
1 - Do you want to earn money while working towards achieving a qualification?
2 - Are there any other options for me once I have done my GCSE’s?
3 - Do you want to know more?
If you answered YES to all three questions, then this may be of interest to you!



Author: DonM11/03/2015
Employ an Apprentice and save on National Insurance

From April 2015 employers of Apprentices or young people aged under 21 will no longer pay secondary or employers National Insurance. Its a welcome change announced in December 2013 but details are now becoming available. The young person has to earn less than the upper secondary threshold which is £42,385 per year. To qualify for this new 0% band employers need to know the exact date of birth of the Apprentice or young person and make changes to their NI category letter code. This should be done before the first payroll run for 2015/2016. (see more by clicking the article title...)


Author: DonM06/03/2015
The AAT list of the richest former apprentices

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has published a list of the top 40 wealthiest former apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, to help demonstrate that you don’t have to go to university to go far in life. Its actually quite interesting looking at people whose names you recognise and they started their careers as Apprentices. A great list and well done to the AAT. Click on this article title to access the hyperlink.


Author: DonM28/11/2014
100 years ago apprentices ended up in court for turning up late

100 YEARS AGO

What did employers think about Apprentices 100 years ago?
What was the most popular trade?
What punishment did an Apprentice face if they turned up late for work?
Who paid for their tools?
Who paid for the the cost of training an Apprentice?
Were their any female Apprentices?
Are Engineering Apprenticeships as popular now as they were 100 years ago?

Read the the first part of this article for the answers, it's actually quite an interesting read!

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/news-media/latest-news/article431.aspx

Engineering and Construction skills (if we say carpentry and joinery) are still in the top ten after 100 years but only just; at number 9 and 8 respectively.



Author: DonM12/11/2014
New cross discipline multiskilling course in Electro Pneumatics

New for 2015 IPS has added a new module to the respected electrical multiskill training course. The new module 6 combines electrical and PLC controls with pneumatics meaning IPS now covers machine control systems from pushbutton or touch screen through to pneumatic actuator. (Click on the article title for course details and hyperlinks...)


Author: DonM30/10/2014
Third consecutive reaccreditation for IPS of the matrix Standard

IPS International is pleased to announce that we have gained a third consecutive reaccreditation to the nationally recognised matrix Standard quality mark for Information Advice and Guidance (IAG). IPS has held matrix accreditation continuously since 2008. In training, the quality mark is awarded to organisations that are effective in advsing and supporting learners, choosing the right qualification, guiding them in achieving and then progressing on to higher qualifications.


Author: AndyS03/10/2014
Develop the knowledge and skills required to lead and manage teams

The Management Programme in Team Leading has been designed for team leaders with a degree of authority for managing resources, looking to motivate their team members as well as achieve agreed outputs.


Author: DonM20/08/2014
Apprenticeships ‘Get In. Go Far’ TV campaign

The Government has launched a major advertising campaign featuring real apprentices from some of Britain’s brightest companies. The apprentices, some of whom are gaining degree level qualifications while working and earning, will feature in TV ads, posters, and in digital channels. The campaign is to show young people and their parents that Apprenticeships can be an equal choice to university, by showcasing the variety and quality of Apprenticeships on offer. To find out more about whats happening on Facebook and Twitter read our full article and visit the Apprenticeship pages on our website.


Author: DonM29/10/2013
Think Social Care Apprenticeships campaign - building the future social care workforce

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 who want to learn and become a skilled and confident care worker. Skills for Care have created a web page with video outlining how to become an apprentice in the Social Care sector and help to build the future social care workforce. To see the webpage and watch the video click this article title to see the full content.


Author: DonM08/10/2013
Engineer Apprentice progression to University Degree success

Congratulations to some ex IPS trained Apprentices who have progressed on to Higher Education and Degrees. Not only do Apprenticeships mean that you can "earn while you learn" they are a great pathway to higher education leading to university degrees and the phrase "earn while you learn" still applies even after the apprenticeship has completed. (More...)


Author: JoanneT_DonM27/03/2013
Apprenticeships in Precision Glass Blowing

IPS were approached by Poulten Selfe & Lee, manufacturers of automatic viscometers under the RHEOTEK brand to provide advice, guidance and support in the recruitment of glass blowing apprentices. Two successfully recruited apprentices commenced the GQA Level 2 Certificate in Glass Processing Apprentice Framework in March. This quickly extended to delivering work-based learning to the highly competent existing staff.


Author: DonM08/01/2013
Half of UK engineering companies expect to recruit apprentices in the next 4 to 5 years

The IET Skills survey 2012 indicates the difficulties that companies face recruiting new and skilled talent into engineering. The survey has key messages for educational, vocational and apprenticeship training at all levels in companies. The good news for engineering apprenticeships is that half of UK companies expect to recruit apprentices in the next 4 to 5 years. (click the title for more...)


Author: DonM29/11/2012
IPS International Achieves Investors in People Gold Award

IPS International is delighted to announce that we have been awarded Investors in People (Gold Standard). This is a world-class achievement, which recognises the commitment our company has to developing and investing in its staff. This investment in turn impacts positively upon the outcomes for our learners and customers in terms of standards and provision.
Achieving this award puts IPS International in the top 3% of all organisations/institutions who have achieved any form of Investors in People recognition. To achieve Investors in People, a total of 39 standards need to be met, but for the ‘Gold Award’, this rises significantly to 165. We achieved 170!
This could not have been achieved without the commitment and support of all our staff and we offer a sincere thanks to all of our people, working for and with IPS, for their commitment, energy and passion they show for learning and development.



Author: DonM30/08/2012
Guidance on Health and Social Care Apprentices aged 16 to 18

The Skills Funding Agency rules from August 2012 to July 2013 mean that 16 to 18 year old Apprentices are fully funded and those aged 19 plus are partially funded. Apprentices aged 16 to 18 are now allowed to provide personal care provided they are suitably trained/competent and are appropriately supervised. The following is a short summary of the guidance for Apprentices working in a care setting.


Author: DonM10/01/2012
Engineering Apprenticeship Recruitment Vacancies

IPS International trains Engineering Apprentices for major companies in Kent and deliver other training and NVQs throughout the UK.
Engineering industry segments that we work with include Metals and Paper manufacture, Food production and processing, Power Stations, Maintenance Services, Machine manufacturing, Automotive components manufacture and supply chain, Plastics manufacturing and Pharmaceutical and Chemicals production. We are helping these Major Employers in Kent to recruit, and will be holding aptitude testing sessions in Rochester for potential Electrical, Mechanical, Instrumentation, Manufacturing and Production Apprentices. -->(click on title for more)




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