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IPS International Ltd.
Northbank House
Sir Thomas Longley Road
Medway City Estate
Tel: 01634 298800

IPS International Ltd.
The Old Boiler House, Unit C
Menzies Road
Whitfield, Dover
CT16 2HQ
Tel: 01304 228180


IPS International Ltd is registered in England number 3368622, with its registered office at the Rochester address above.
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Author: NT04/03/2020

GPS Marine is based in Upnor, Kent and has been established for over 50 years providing services in the workboat industry. Two years ago John Spencer, the Managing Director, asked if I could work with him to set up an Apprenticeship Scheme in order for his workforce to gain the Boatmaster Licence which is required to act as the Master of a vessel along the coast, estuaries and ports.

Author: NT24/03/2020

IPS International has postponed all Technical and Commercial courses until Government guidance allows us to resume normal operations. The courses affected are all adult training covering Electrical, Mechanical, Welding, IOSH and City and Guilds courses (AET, TAQA etc) where commercial trainees attend Northbank House or our trainers attend customer premises.

Author: NT18/03/2020

Whilst it is vital that we all maintain proper hygiene, washing our hands regularly and using tissues to catch coughs or sneezes, and monitoring our physical health, it is also important that we consider our mental health during this time.

Author: NT17/03/2020
Dealing with Coronavirus - IPS Training Centres

We are all remaining alert and vigilant due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in doing so please find how we are dealing with the situation and what we are doing to ensure we provide training in a safe environment.

Author: NT03/01/2020
How writing the full date in 2020 could protect you

This year’s abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you when signing legal documentation. The concern is that scammers could manipulate a document dated “1/1/20” into “1/1/2018” or “1/1/2019.

Author: NT11/11/2019
National Apprenticeship 2020 Theme is revealed

National Apprenticeship Week is taken place between the 3rd - 7th February 2020 with a new theme. The theme will be "Look Beyond."

Author: NT17/10/2019
The first-ever Kent & Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony 2019

The first-ever Kent & Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony, took place on 4th October 2019 to celebrate the success of Apprenticeships.

Author: NT14/08/2019
IPS Sponsors of Kent Apprentice Graduation Ceremony 2019

On 4th October 2019 at Rochester Cathedral the first ever Kent & Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony is happening!

Author: NT12/08/2019
Engineering Induction Dates for 2019

IPS Engineering induction dates for 2019 are 10th September - 13th September 2019.

Author: NT05/07/2019
Save the date for National Apprenticeship Week 2020

The Government have now announced that the 13th annual National Apprenticeship Week will be held between the 3rd – 7th February 2020.

Author: NT01/04/2019
New changes for April 2019: Apprenticeships

There are new changes for Apprenticehips from the 1st April. From Apprentice wage increase, levy transfer funds and non-levy co-investments. Find out more...

Author: NT11/03/2019
IPS' involvement with National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 took place this year from the 4th - 8th March with IPS joining in on the celebrations by getting involved with a range of things. From radio appearances to advice sessions and events.

Author: NT14/02/2019
Need to know for National Apprenticeship Week 2019

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 4th - 8th March 2019. Find out how you can be involved...

Author: NT08/02/2019
New Government Apprenticeship Campaign for 2019

The government has launched a new Apprenticeship campaign for 2019 called ‘Fire it up", showing the benefits of apprenticeships for individuals and employers and the positive impact they have.

Author: NT07/02/2019
National Apprenticeship Wage will increase in April 2019

Every April rates for the National Minimum Wage, National Apprenticeship wage and the National Living Wage change and 2019 is no different. Find out the rates...

Author: NT07/01/2019
Retained Investors in People Success for IPS!

IPS are delighted to announce that we have been re accredited by Investors in People (IiP) as Gold status following the audit in November 2018.

Author: NT18/12/2018
Christmas Opening Times at IPS

Do you need to know what dates IPS close and reopen for the Christmas Period? Check out what dates IPS are close and reopen for 2019.

Author: NT09/08/2018
IPS Engineering Enrolment Dates 2018

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

Author: NT24/04/2018
Kelly Tolhurst MP's visit to IPS International

Kelly Tolhurst Member of Parliament for Rochester & Strood visited IPS International on the 20th April to congratulated apprentices on their recent apprenticeship achievements, while also taking a tour of the workshop at IPS Northbank House Rochester centre.

Author: NT20/04/2018
Entries now open for the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018

Do you want to promote the good work your company does with Apprentice’s or are you an apprentice who deserves recognition for your achievements? Enter into the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018...

Author: NatalieT14/03/2018
National Apprenticeship Week 2018 - Helen Grant MP visit to Northbank House

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 - 5th March to 9th March. IPS got involved in talks and events throughout the week and Helen Grant MP, visited Northbank House.

Author: NT23/02/2018
National Apprenticeship Show Kent 2018 - Who's exhibiting?

As National Apprenticeship Week is fast approaching, we wanted to let you know that you will be able to find IPS on our very own stand at the National Apprenticeship Show Kent at the Kent Event Centre on 20-21st March 2018.

Author: NT20/02/2018
IPS Apprenticeships - Apprenticeship Training Agency

Like the idea of employing an apprentice but put off by the hassle of the paperwork? We can employ the Apprentice on your behalf

Author: NT25/01/2018
Congratulations to longstanding Employee, marking 20 year’s employment with IPS

IPS’ Head of Administration Support and Finance, Jan Carter is celebrating her 20th Anniversary at IPS International this month. What a great achievement!

Author: Natalie T22/12/2017
How well do you know Health and Safety Signs? IOSH Course at IPS

Are you a Manager or supervisor at work, handling health and safety? Want to develop your knowledge and expertise? Want to find out how? ...

Author: 20/12/2017
Ofsted Inspection 2017 - A 'Good' Year for IPS

IPS International are extremely pleased to announce that we have achieved a ‘Good’ overall rating at our recent Ofsted Inspection.

Author: NatalieT11/12/2017
IPS retain Matrix Success

IPS International are delighted to announce that we have retained Matrix accreditation for “Information Advice and Guidance” (IAG).

Author: NatalieT23/10/2017
IPS can help you deal with the CSCS changes


Author: NatalieT11/10/2017
Safeguarding is everybody's business

Safeguarding is everybody’s business’ is the message to everyone this week as Medway Council’s Adult Social Care Team launch their Safeguarding week which runs from Monday, 9th October – Friday, 13th October 2017.

Author: NatalieT04/10/2017
Why Apprenticeships could benefit your business?

Apprenticeships improve productivity, which means the quality of the service you deliver will be enhanced. You could be giving your business fresh new ideas with new outlooks through apprenticeship employment...

Author: Natalie T02/10/2017
IPS supported Macmillan Coffee Morning

28th September, IPS organised and held a Macmillan Coffee Morning at our Rochester Training centre at Northbank House.

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 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: 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: 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 -
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: 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


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!


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: 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: 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: 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.


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