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How to train your…

Authored by Paigntonzoo

If animal training makes you think of tricks and shows, think again. Top zoos use training to improve animal welfare, reduce the need for risky general anaesthetics and to keep both animals and people safe.

For example, bird keeper Sam Gray has trained Alfie Junior the Southern cassowary – as tall as a person and part bird, part dinosaur – to follow a target, which means she can get...

Sponge UK soaking up success at PSP with huge recruitment drive

Authored by Duncan Little

Digital learning has catapulted one Plymouth company into a world leader for its creativity and excellence.

Sponge’s growing international reach and reputation means it’s now aiming to recruit 36 people for 12 different roles by the end of this year.

The company, based at the Plymouth Science Park, has rapidly grown to become one of the largest custom digital learning providers...

New training courses to address benefit system changes

Authored by Devon Communities Together

In response to the upcoming roll-out of Universal Credit and other recent changes to the benefit system, Citizens Advice Devon, in partnership with Devon Communities Together, has launched a series of new training courses for organisations and individuals who work with benefit claimants. The sessions are designed to keep people up-to-date with how the upcoming changes will affect their clients...

Drake Circus helps Plymouth residents get a foot on the career ladder with free training

Authored by Jessica Lane

Drake Circus is giving people in Plymouth the chance to embark on a free five-week training programme, designed to provide them with the skills they need to build a successful career in retail or hospitality.

The ‘Bright Lights Starting Out in Retail and Hospitality’ programme gets underway in February and will combine classroom teaching alongside work placements at one of Drake Circus...

PSP’s first class driving academy for haulage and coach drivers

Authored by Duncan Little

Keeping the skills of haulage and coach drivers in tip top order is the number one aim for a new Plymouth Science Park based company, Fleet Solutions.

Founder Stephen Browne’s background is in haulage and he has spent most of his working life in the transport industry (including time spent driving on the continent).

His passion for driving led him to complete his degree in...

Ensure safety in your office with PSP training firm

Authored by Duncan Little

“It only takes a day to learn how to save someone’s life but the knowledge can last a lifetime,” says Jeremy Sleet, founder of Health and Safety company No Accident, which recently based itself at the prestigious Plymouth Science Park.

Jeremy has taught First Aid to more than 500 people over the past three years and his courses can cover a vast area of topics – from ensuring safety on...

How to get your training programme the royal recognition it deserves

Authored by News Desk

From improving staff retention to boosting business growth – learning and development has numerous benefits. But all too often it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

That’s why, last year the City & Guilds Group launched the Princess Royal Training Awards – a programme which celebrates the impact of training and development on business performance.

Those who apply are...

Local firm supports PASMA week with Mannequin Challenge

Authored by News Desk

This week local Plympton business, SSG Training and Consultancy, are showing their support for PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufactures Association) Tower Safety Week by attempting the mannequin challenge!

A number of team members, directed by SSG PASMA trainer Dave George, worked together to recreate the social media craze. The mannequin challenge, already carried out...

DCH supports community volunteering and families in Plymouth

Authored by DCHnews

As part of its continued commitment to investing in its communities DCH has provided a £15,000 grant to the One Step Beyond CIC (OSB) Play Rangers Project in Barne Barton, Plymouth.

The funding will provide opportunities this summer for DCH customers in Barne Barton, Plymouth to get involved with volunteering in their community and for families to make the most of activity sessions...

Breathing Apparatus Instructor training success for Red One

Authored by News Desk

Fire Service training instructors from across the United Kingdom have recently attended Red One’s acclaimed Breathing Apparatus Instructor (BAI) training course at the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Training Academy at Plympton, Devon.

Fire Service instructors travelled from Cleveland FRS, North Yorkshire FRS and Avon FRS to join this extensive training which, in the...

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