Kelle McQuade is TQUK’s new Lead Business Development Manager and knows the FE sector inside and out. She's had 13+ years at Milton Keynes College as Prince’s Trust Programme Area Manager, Quality Improvement Manager and, mostly recently, Head of Improvement and Innovation. She’s been nominated for several leadership awards during her time at MKC and significantly contributed to several Ofsted inspections. Since Kelle started at TQUK, she’s been our office go-to for knowledge and advice on how to carry the business forward. Today is the first in a series of articles where Kelle discusses pressing questions and issues important to the industry. Enjoy this week’s edition of Kelle's Corner!

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As of August 4, 2017, Training Qualifications UK will be moving out of the old homestead and headquartering at Dunham House in Sale. For the last few weeks, management has been haggling with moving companies and taking tape-measures to desks. Like a kid that loves cake, we’ve been gradually expanding over the last few years and have since outgrown the confines of our current humble abode. (We mostly need somewhere to put all the envelopes.) 

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Recently, our new business development manager and TQUK columnist, Kelle McQuade, was at the Poultec Annual Learner Awards, an event celebrating the Norfolk-based training provider’s learners in subjects as wide-ranging as agriculture, manufacturing and customer service.

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As an awarding and apprentice assessment organisation, TQUK's a little bit interested in youth skills. Youths tend to make up the vast majority of apprenticeship placements in the UK and internationally, and it is vital to give the necessary skills to young people in order to secure the health of the economy of the future and help them lead fulfilling and productive lives.

So TQUK, on World Youth Skills Day 2017, is joining with many other organisations, including UNESCO, to promote awareness for the need to emphasize the importance of training our young people for the future.

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Apprenticeships have entered a brave new world, full of danger and possibility.

Many government reforms have just kicked in and a lot of organisations, whether they be employers, training providers or others, are still trying to figure out how to operate in this new landscape of trailblazers, apprenticeship standards, EPA and apprentice assessment. The industry currently lives in very interesting times.

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