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  • The different types of learning

    02 May 2014

    Total Training Solutions use a variety of learning techniques, offering flexibility for our customers and an assurance that you can achieve your new certification in a way that is convenient and effective for you. There are four main styles of learning offered by Total Training Solutions, however due to the fact that digital learning is still very much in its early stages, the lines between these different styles of learning can still be somewhat blurred...

    Classroom: This is the most simple and straightforward mode of learning. It takes place in a classroom or centre and most closely resembles a traditional mode of learning. Total Training Solutions have over 800 trainers and 37 training centres throughout the UK, so you will never be more than a short drive away from your nearest classroom learning facility.

    Virtual: Virtual learning is where the use of IT plays a key part. Virtual learning is similar to classroom learning in that a teacher conducts a class with students, however with virtual learning, no face-to-face contact is required. Instead, the class is taught via a computer. Virtual learning has all the same benefits as classroom learning, but is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

    Online: Online learning is similar to virtual learning, although it is less instructor-led. Where virtual classes are scheduled like a regular class, online classes allow students to create their own schedule. This allows for learning at the student’s own speed, and is often used for training large groups. Online courses are also often cheaper as they do not require the expense of a tutor or instructor.

    Blended: As its name suggests, blended learning is a combination of traditional classroom learning and virtual or online learning. These courses are perfect for those who benefit from face-to-face contact with teachers, however do not have the time or the means to attend entirely classroom-based courses. Blended courses may also use a combination of assessment techniques, such as exams to complete electronically, coupled with essays handed in to a tutor or instructor.

    Over the next four weeks, we will be talking you through each type of learning style, and explaining its benefits and drawbacks. Until then, you can find more information about the virtual courses we offer, or if you are curious about how a specific course is taught, you can send us a message through our contact form. You can also feel free to call us on 0800 612 1299 with any other enquiries.

  • The benefits of classroom learning

    09 May 2014

    Despite the recent popularity of online and virtual learning techniques, classroom learning still has its place in modern training courses. Many of the courses Total Training Solutions offer benefit greatly from a traditional learning environment and with over 800 trainers and 37 training centres across the UK, we still believe that classroom learning has numerous advantages…

    Firstly, classroom learning allows for a multi-sensory learning experience. Whether you are a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner, classroom learning will most likely work for you. Online or virtual learning can be very visual - with most of the material being taught by reading from a screen - which can make things difficult for those who prefer to learn in other ways. It also ensures face-to-face contact with an instructor which can not only make information easier to digest, but can also give students the chance to ask questions and engage with the person teaching them.

    This social element is one reason that traditional learning still appeals to so many students. Many people find it easier to learn when they develop a relationship with their instructor or fellow students. Classroom learning encourages discussion - allowing students to bounce ideas off one another and learn from the questions others may have. These relationships can then come in useful outside of the classroom, as students can help each other with work done independently, unlike with online learning which can be a more isolated experience.

    However, there are a few disadvantages to classroom learning as well. The structure of the course can lack flexibility. Classes are held at set times, and if a class is missed, it can be difficult to catch up. This can be problematic for those who don’t have the means to attend every class, especially if it requires travel which can be costly.

    Classroom learning can also be detrimental to certain types of learners. The classroom structure does not encourage independent learning, which is the best way for some students to learn. Additionally, by encouraging discussion, the class could potentially become dominated by more outspoken learners, making it difficult for quieter students. Those who are easily distracted or need silence when trying to absorb material may also find the classroom environment ineffective.

    Total Training Solutions offer a huge range of courses, and many in particular benefit from face-to-face learning. Business applications such as the Adobe software or Microsoft Office require hands on training and are best learned through doing. Having someone on hand who can talk you through how the programmes work, as well as being there to assist with any problems you may encounter can be incredibly beneficial. Similarly, courses in communication and customer services which are very much social skills are always taught better by another person, with whom you can practice everything that you learn. To view the full range of courses available from Total Training Solutions, visit our course directory. You can also contact us with any queries you may have through our enquiry form or by phone on 0800 612 1299.

  • The benefits of blended learning

    28 May 2014

    To round off this month’s discussion on the various methods of learning, this week we’re concentrating on the advantages and disadvantages of blended learning.

    Blended courses can offer a more well rounded learning experience than any other type of course, offering the best of both classroom learning and virtual or online learning. Despite our reliance on technology, and the many learning tools available online, studies show that most people still learn more from face to face contact with a teacher or instructor than they do from reading from a screen. The multisensory nature of classroom learning engages students, as well as encouraging queries and discussions. For this reason, blended learning suits most - offering a solid basic knowledge from a qualified instructor whilst also encouraging independent learning and the use of online tools.

    This also means that students are not restricted to the instructor’s lesson plan, and have the flexibility to build on what they have already learned in their own time. They are also able to return to class with any questions or concerns they may have encountered in their independent study, encouraging discussion and problem solving.

    Blended learning is often said to cater to the needs of the modern learner. Many modern students, particularly younger students, enjoy using technology within their studies, however dislike online or virtual courses for their antisocial nature. Today, exchanging numbers and email addresses with classmates is common, as building relationships with others on a course can not only make the process of learning more enjoyable, but can also be useful if you find you are struggling. The classroom element of blended courses allows for this. The use of technology and online tools within a blended course classroom also caters to younger modern learners who benefit more from technology, but still prefer instructor-led classes.

    Of course, while blended courses have all the benefits of online and classroom courses, they also have all the disadvantages. The online or virtual element means that they are reliant on technology and an internet connection, and a basic level of IT literacy is often required. A certain level of self motivation is also required due to the independent learning elements of blended courses. However due to the regular classroom sessions, where instructors will expect students to have done the required work, students are often more likely to keep up with their independent work as part of a blended course.

    Learn more about blended courses, or tailor made options Total Training Solution have available or send us an enquiry. You can also visit our course directory to learn about all the qualifications we have available, or contact us on 0800 612 1299 for more information.

  • Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (P6EPPM)

    31 October 2014

    Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (P6EPPM) is the most powerful, robust, and easy-to-use solution for globally prioritising, planning, managing and executing projects, programmes, and portfolios.

    It provides a single 100% web-based solution for managing projects of any size, adapts to varying levels of complexity across projects and intelligently scales to meet the needs of all roles, functions or skill levels in an organisation and within a project team.

    P6EPPM offers executives a real-time view of project performance, equips project participants with the right blend of usability, power and flexibility to effectively execute projects and enables workers across all levels of an organisation to analyse, record and communicate reliable information and make timely decisions.

    Oracle Primavera P6EPPM can easily scale from a single user on a small project to tens of thousands of users engaged in millions of activities across hundreds of projects. The solution is built on a robust and proven standards-based Java architecture and is designed to deliver high performance with tight security, flexible integration and real time reporting and analytics.

    With P6EPPM, an organisation is able to...

    plan, schedule, and control both large scale programmes and individual projects
    select the right strategic mix of projects
    balance resource capacity
    allocate best resources and track progress
    monitor and visualise project performance versus plan
    foster team collaboration
    integrate with financial management and human capital management systems

    If you need to upgrade your Primavera skills we offer a comprehensive range of Primavera training courses, from the Professional Fundamentals course through to the P6 Professional Advanced and the Risk Analysis courses.

    You can find out more about our complete range of Primavera courses via our website. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis (PRA)

    05 November 2014

    Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis (PRA) is a full lifecycle risk analytics solution, integrating cost and schedule risk management. It provides a comprehensive solution for determining confidence levels for project success together with quick and easy techniques for formulating contingency and risk response plans. PRA brings within reach...

    1. development of risk-loaded project plans, improving confidence in bid submissions and project selection and, by extension, maximising organisational benefit and profitability
    2. risk-adjusted project plans, meaning that critical project timelines and cost estimates are more realistic, enhancing the probability of project success
    3. cost/benefit analysis of response plans in order to better understand the impact of risks and effects of mitigation
    4. the development of probabilistic project plans, resulting in better project intelligence, reduced errors and replicable processes
    5. reduction in unexpected delays and costs by formally adopting risk management as a valued step in the planning process
    6. improved corporate governance and the opportunity to establish a standard risk management process

    Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis offers an objective view of required contingency in order to account for cost and schedule uncertainty as well as analysing the cost effectiveness of risk response plans. Combined, these form the basis of a "risk adjusted schedule", which is becoming an essential element of the planning and scheduling process. Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis adds to the qualitative risk capabilities included in Oracle Primavera P6 by allowing organisations to assess quantitative risk and providing analysis of impact to schedule, budget and cash flow…

    1. identify common scheduling pitfalls that may result in misleading schedule or risk analysis results
    2. integrate pre-developed risk registers as well as define new risk registers
    3. address full lifecycle risk management through advanced Monte Carlo based cost and schedule analytics
    4. report confidence levels with regards to finish dates, costs, float, Internal Rate of Return and Net Present Value

    Our Managing Risk in Primavera Risk Analysis course provides training for Primavera's Risk Management solutions. Participants will gain thorough background knowledge in the basic concepts of risk management. The three-day class leads participants through examples of specific risk modelling techniques and provides a lab style workshop to allow students to apply the learned techniques.

    You can find out more about our complete range of Primavera courses via our website. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • Oracle Primavera P6 Professional Project Management (P6PPM)

    14 November 2014

    Oracle Primavera P6 Professional Project Management is the recognised standard for high performance project management software and is designed to handle large scale, highly sophisticated and multi-faceted projects. It can be used to organise projects up to 100,000 activities and provides unlimited resources and an unlimited number of target plans.

    With P6PPM, an organisation is able to...

    balance resource capacity
    plan, schedule and control complex projects
    allocate best resources and track progress
    monitor and visualise project performance versus plan
    conduct what-if analysis and analyse alternative project plans
    Oracle Primavera P6PPM can be installed on a server computer, with client PCs accessing the Oracle Primavera P6 database via a local area network (or similar) or wholly on a desktop or laptop PC as a standalone tool. Oracle Primavera P6PPM excludes functionality that is only available in Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (P6EPPM), including collaboration, workflow, web-based access, dashboards and timesheets.

    If you need to upgrade your Primavera skills we offer a comprehensive range of Primavera training courses, from the Professional Fundamentals course through to the P6 Professional Advanced and the Risk Analysis courses.

    You can find out more about our complete range of Primavera courses via our website. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • Adobe Courses Explained

    02 August 2016

    As a re-seller of authorised Adobe courses we receive a lot of enquiries about the different courses we offer. To make everything a bit simpler, we have assembled a short rundown of the differences between all the Adobe courses below.

    Photoshop

    The most used professional image editing software is crammed full of features which make learning it a bit daunting. It is widely used for editing images for both web use and print media. From altering images to applying filters and tweaking colour balances, it’s hard to believe how much of a difference Photoshop makes. Taking a course in Photoshop will help you understand how to use the many features to create professional-quality images.

    After Effects

    This sophisticated package will allow for motion graphic manipulation and editing. Courses on After Effects will cover motion tracking, animation, colour keying and much more. This will take anyone from a complete novice to an After Effects whiz.

    Illustrator

    Vector graphics are becoming more and more widely used, and this package allows for the easy creation of such images. However, it is also perfect for designing objects like logos too. At the end of the Academy Class course, students will be able to create a wide range of very impressive graphics.

    InDesign

    As the publishing industry has slowly declined, InDesign has become increasingly popular because it is easy to use and works for digital publications too. This desktop publisher is used by some of the largest media organisations because it seamlessly integrates with the rest of the Adobe package. A course will take you through the basics of layout, typesets and plenty more.

    Premiere PRO

    Professional video editing has never been easier, and students who take this course will be able to edit a video to a high standard. This includes more advanced features like transparency and multi-cam workflows. With the rise of online video content, this course is a must for anyone thinking of sharing professional videos.

    Animate

    For years, Flash was the industry standard for web based animation. But the emergence of HTML5 has led to the development of this innovative package. It does much more than simple animation, though, and can even be used for cartoon animation, with studios including Nickelodeon using it on a regular basis.

    If you need to upgrade your Adobe skills we offer a comprehensive range of training courses. You can find out more about our complete range of courses via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • How to Fight Back Cyber Security Crime

    11 August 2016

    How to Fight Back Cyber Security Crime in your business – Are you ready?
    The global problem of Cyber Security is a worry to all companies. In the UK whilst Cyber Crime is on the increase due to cloud, mobile computing and the Internet, the professional Cyber Security skill sets are lagging behind. Following a joint study undertaken recently by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 75% of IT Specialists in the UK believe there is a shortage in cyber security talent.
    Companies throughout are struggling to recruit and maintain a expert pool of cyber security professionals and many believe that this has added to the upsurge in hacking incidents as the hackers know that some companies’ cyber security is not strong enough to cope.
    A safe cyber security environment requires a robust workforce. Companies need to act quickly to fix the problem by looking to the future this skills shortage can be abated with improvements in education, staff diversity, training opportunities, security technology and data collection. A synchronised effort is fundamental to overcome the cyber threats and create the more secure environment that business requires.

    If you need to upgrade your skills we offer a comprehensive range of training courses, including the CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional course. You can find out more about our complete range of courses via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

     

  • Keeping Up with SAGE Payroll - Making Auto Enrolment Pensions trouble-free

    15 August 2016

    Keeping Up with SAGE Payroll - Making Auto Enrolment Pensions trouble-free

    Under the Pensions Act 2008 the law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer in the UK is affected by these legislations and must put eligible staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it.

    If you employ at least one person no matter what line of business you are in, you have certain legal duties under the Auto Enrolment Scheme.

    The new SAGE Payroll courses have recently been updates to give you the peace of mind that you are following the correct procedures for Auto Enrolment every time. Not only do they offer courses to help you understanding what Auto Enrolment is and what your responsibilities are, they also offer comprehensive training on how to use their Pension Module which is an essential tool to making Auto Enrolment as easy as possible.

    Sage 50 Payroll course Automatic Enrolment with Pensions Module includes the following:

    • Understand the Pensions Module settings and the Automatic Enrolment features within the software
    • Specify Qualifying and Pensionable earnings
    • Create and configure different pension schemes
    • Use the Pension Assessment feature to automatically categorise your workforce and assign pensions
    • Send pension correspondence automatically to your workers
    • Process opt-ins, joins and opt-out requests
    • Understand postponement and learn how to apply it within the software
    • Produce the output and input files for Nest, NOW: Pensions and the People's Pension
    • Be familiar with reporting for pension providers
    • Process pensions and carry out on-going assessments automatically
    • Understand records that need to be kept and how the software will assist with this

    If you need to upgrade your skills we offer a comprehensive range of Sage training courses. You can find out more about our complete range via our website, including Payroll. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • IS UNIVERSITY THE ONLY CHOICE?

    18 August 2016

    It’s August and along with the warmer weather comes the A & AS level results for many thousands of England, Wales and Northern Ireland teenagers. This year, although pass rates are up, the number of A* and A grades have fallen slightly again. The traditional next choice for many is University and a degree, but getting a degree is not the only route into many careers and with the increase in some University fees to above the previous cap of £9,000 to £9,250 per annum it is not always the most cost effective for some.

    Although this year there are more University places available than ever, many top employers are opening up their recruitment to those leaving school with A-Levels. For someone looking to a career in Computer Science, for example, a 3 year degree course will only start you on the professional road. Employees in this field are looking for further vocational qualifications which can be easily gained by someone with A Levels alone. A report by Barclays and the Centre for Economics and Business Research has shown that those entering apprenticeships after leaving school have much higher lifetime earnings than those going into a graduate career.

    If you need to think seriously about an alternative to University then take a look at some of the industry accredited training courses here. You can find out more about our complete range via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • SAGE Payroll – Why get certified?

    30 August 2016

    Many employers in the UK use SAGE to complete their Payroll each pay period. It’s the simplest way to ensure you are paying your staff correctly and compliant with HMRC and Pension Regulator guidelines.

    But did you know that you can now get SAGE Certification?

    Offering SAGE Payroll certification to your staff has many benefits along with increasing competency and efficiency it’s a great way of boost staff morale by encouraging a professional development culture of excellence within your workforce.

    There are three levels of accreditation:
    Level 1 – Covers the basics of setting up the system
    Level 2 – Covers running a payroll period from beginning to end
    Level 3 – Covers more complex procedures such as processing statutory payments, allocating Attachment of Earning orders and administrating Holiday schemes and absence records.

    Taking the exams is simple too as they don’t even need to leave the office. All three exams take just an hour to complete, are online and can be taken at any time that suits the busy workplace environment.

    If you need to think seriously about Payroll Certification then take a look at some of the Sage training courses here. You can find out more about our complete range via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

     

  • Using Primavera for your next Project Management role

    01 September 2016

    Oracle Primavera software is the key to successful Project Management, being able to handle large-scale, highly sophisticated and multifaceted project with ease.

    With our 3 day fundamentals course you will have all the skills needed to run your next project more effectively.

    The course is aimed not only at Project Managers but also Business Analysts, Functional Implementers and End Users.

    Steering you through the complete life cycle of a project whilst focusing on the basic elements of schedule, resources and costs.

    Using this familiar Windows-based program by the end you will have learnt how to: 
    • Create and Schedule a project
    • Assign Resources
    • Adjust the Project schedule
    • Execute and control the project
    • Add activities

    You’ll also put into practice what you’ve learnt each day with a case study to clarify knowledge gained.

    If you need to upgrade your skills we offer a comprehensive range of Primavera training courses. You can find out more about our complete range via our website, including the Primavera P6 Professional Fundamentals course. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • How to take your NEBOSH General Certificate to the next level!

    15 September 2016

    NEBOSH National Diploma – NEW Manchester dates for 2017

    The NEBOSH General Certificate is a popular course for anyone with Health & Safety responsibilities in their role, but the next step for all Health & Safety Professionals is the NEBOSH National Diploma, a degree level qualification which is for the first time being offered as a classroom course in Manchester in January 2017.

    This 7 week course delivered over a 6 month period allows the individual to apply for Graduate Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health as well as full membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.

    Additional revision workshops and bi-weekly live online webinars are included in the course costs. Along with comprehensive course material both in written and electronic formats so you have the flexibility to study anywhere at anytime.

    For further information on course dates, timings and course fees then please contact us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses, including NEBOSH, can be found on our website, including the NEBOSH Diploma

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