Straight A achieves Matrix Accreditation

It’s amazing and alarming how quickly the past three years have flown by.  Even the past year with its major challenges has shot by in a flash. In January 2021 we were assessed against the Matrix Standard in respect of the Information Advice and Guidance we give to all Stakeholders within the business.  This ranges […]

Ofsted Grade 2 GOOD January 2020

Straight A Training took part in an OFSTED short inspection in January which lasted for two days. We have now received our completed report and are delighted to announce that we retain our grade 2 as an Ofsted GOOD provider. The report has been published and is available to read at We would like […]

Online Safety

Keeping yourself safe online is a really important part of modern life. We take all of our new learners through an online safety quiz as one of their first activities. In fact, this is just one of many safeguarding activities which we complete with our learners. If you are an employer, co-worker or just someone […]

New Counter-Terrorism Measures

This week has seen the update and re-release of the CONTEST strategy. As a training provider we talk to all of our learners about the Prevent Strategy which forms part of CONTEST. There are also new factsheets issued by the government to explain the new Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. You can find all of […]

Apprenticeships – frameworks and the new standards

NVQs have been around since the 1990s. They have provided an established and recognised measurement for vocational qualifications and formed an important part of the structure of Apprenticeships too. As we now move forwards into the 21st century the NVQ frameworks are being replaced by new standards. By 2020 all frameworks will be replaced by […]

ESOL and Basic Skills funding still available

Our successful partnership contract with Skills Training UK on our South Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and European Social Funding (ESF) Basic Skills contract has now successfully concluded after two great years. Even better news is that after the latest round of tendering, We can now offer the same funded qualifications in the Coast to […]

Traineeships – apply now

What is a Straight A Traineeship? A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience which unlocks the potential of young people aged 16 to 24, and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. Traineeships last between six weeks and six months and include:-  *A meaningful, […]

Jacks first month with Straight A

Working at Straight A training for a month has taught me a lot about the business, apprentices and tutors. Straight A is involved in a huge number of diverse areas and sectors, with apprentices undertaking different courses in management, professional cookery, team leading and everything in between. I have been out to several workplaces with […]

Interested in joining the team?

We have engaged with some exciting new customers and are looking to take on new Tutors in London and nationally. We are interested to talk to experienced Assessors or people who have good occupational competence in our subject areas, and want to gain a TAQA qualification with us. TUTORS FOR APPRENTICESHIPS AND WORK BASED LEARNING […]

We will Inspire

“Making A Stand” was launched in September 2014 by British Muslim women who believe in the principles of democracy, human rights, peaceful co-existence and respect for life. Roadshow are running across the UK, to raise awareness and help to stop the damage caused by extremists poisoning young minds. The campaign aims to build resilience within communities and strengthen women’s voices […]

Safeguarding: Record number of prosecutions for violence against women

A record number of people have been prosecuted for offences categorised as “violence against women and girls”, figures for England and Wales show. A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) report showed more than 107,000 such prosecutions in the year to April, up 16,000 (18%) on the previous year. The figures are for crimes “primarily” against women, […]

Learner Blog for applying to ITV

Vacancies for the 2015 ITV Apprenticeship scheme are going live on the 4th June. We asked Zak, one of the current Apprentices to give his top tips for applying. ZAK: The ITV Apprenticeship scheme is a great way to get your foot in the door at a brilliant broadcasting company. If you’re interested in learning on […]

June Safeguarding Theme – Alcohol and Drug Awareness

Alcohol and violence: Much of todays society revolves around alcohol and drinking, where more is inevitable and you are praised and rated on your ability to drink. Gone are the days where you go out with friends and have a drink. We are in an era where drinking is the sole reason for a night out […]

From Apprenticeship to Business Owner

April Alabi is a former learner who completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management. Here she talks about her experience in taking the qualification and how it has helped her grow in confidence APRIL: After studying catering and hospitality supervision in sixth form, my love for food grew even more and I also […]

Addressing Extremism – Guidance to the Prevent Strategy

In autumn 2014 the Department for Education (DfE) called for proposals to share innovative approaches in overcoming barriers to delivering 16–19 study programmes. In response to appetite from members, and in light of the forthcoming changes to the Prevent duty and guidance, the 157 Group and AELP developed a joint proposal aimed at capturing good […]

Claiming the AGE Grant

The Apprentice AGE Grant for Employers is now available to companies who support Apprenticeships. The AGE grant is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through an Apprenticeship program and provides assistance when recruiting their first apprentice. It is a one off £1,500 Government grant offered as an incentive to employ and […]

New OPT IN+ Project

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Sussex Downs College to provide support to unemployed 16-18 year olds in Kent, Sussex and Surrey. We can help get you ready for the workplace and then into an Apprenticeship programme of your choice.

Hospitality and the FIR 2014

Brian is one of our Tutors who delivers Professional Cookery qualifications. We asked him to talk about important issues of the moment: “Food hygiene” and “food safety” are phrases which should be immediately familiar to everyone within the food handling industries. But, is everyone who handles food aware of their responsibilities, and do they understand […]

Level 4 and 5 Management and Business Administration

Are you ready for the challenge of a Level 4 Apprenticeship qualification in Business Administration, Customer Service or Management? We are one of a limited number of providers with funding for adults who work at a strategic and decision making level within their organisation. As these are workplace qualifications you do need to be employed and able to develop, […]

Radio 1 Cyberbullying and Anti Negativity on the Internet

From the 7th of February 2015, Radio 1 has been running a series of shows to talk about the issue of negativity and bullying on the internet. You can listen again or watch podcasts and interviews with bloggers or other users who have experiences to share. It’s worth having a look at the articles which […]

Choosing An Apprenticeship

As university fees increase, the competition for existing places getting higher and higher; more people are showing interest in undertaking apprenticeships as a viable option. This was the route I chose to take at the end of last year. I started a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Straight A Training in November and in […]

My Lucky Encounter

Would you describe yourself as lucky?? This is a question I have thought long and hard about the last couple of weeks…… And if lucky means being surrounded by wonderful family and friends, having a boy that brings you soup when you’re poorly and working in a job that you actually enjoy 95% of the time […]

A Recipe for April Showers – Braised Rabbit

Now that Easter has been and gone and the shops are no longer full of chocolate egg-shaped treats, I would like to introduce you to a recipe and move away from the sweet-based confectionary that we all associate with the end of Lent. This recipe may be the one you would like to keep hidden […]

Top 5 Tips When Completing an Apprenticeship Application!

Do you want to become an apprentice? Try our top five tips to filling in an Apprenticeship vacancy form online to increase your chance of success! TIP ONE Complete the form in as much detail as possible. The more information that you put onto the form the more likely that your personality will show through […]

Organisation Ideas to Increase Office Productivity

Is a cluttered and disorganised office space getting in the way of your productivity? Your success at work depends in part on your office organisational abilities, and any job that has some form of paperwork would fall into this category. Organising office paperwork can be intimidating, but getting the job done opens up the opportunity […]

Are Catering Apprenticeships Really Worth Their Salt?

As a deliverer of the Professional Cookery apprenticeship qualification, I constantly find myself coming up against resistance when trying to sell the concept to chefs. If the first obstacle is the chefs themselves, we have to ask how valid is this qualification and why is it getting such a bad rap? When you speak to […]

The Hospitality Industry: The Strongest Industry Around!

In light of all that has happened recently, with the extensive trouble shown throughout the country, the hospitality industry has managed to pull through by showing its immense strength. Many sectors of the hospitality industry were targeted by the rioters in London and other major cities, ranging from the large corporate hotels right down to […]

The Value of Feedback

Nowadays we do not usually go around seeking approval, because we can follow our instincts and we know when we have done a good job. But feedback is always a good thing. You should seek feedback from your peers, your rivals, your team, your bosses and your customers. You are not seeking a prize, approval […]

Apprenticeships; The Way Forwards? By Ania Kaluza

There has been much talk in the media about lack of opportunity being a cause of the recent rioting within England. It is said that many young people have taken to the streets because they have no prospects and see no future for themselves. This is not the place to enter into a complex sociological […]

The Journey of An Apprentice – by Vivien Stefansky

You may only know me as your Assessor or Account Manager, but I was actually been a learner of Straight A Training  5 years ago.  So let me tell you my story. When I first came to the UK in July 2005, I planned to stay here for 6 months, gaining some more English language […]

Hospitality Apprenticeships could achieve Gold in the Olympic Games

In a report published by today, as the Olympic Games get closer, there will be a significant rise in the number of jobs available within hospitality. But will this growth be sustainable, and how will the skills gap be filled? According to the managing director of Addecco, Steven Kirkpatrick, there will be thousands of job opportunities available in order to […]

After Straight A – What happened next ?

Caroline Bitsch; who was a valued member of the Straight A Team left us to travel to China to be with her fiancé, Pedro. Whilst working with us at Straight A, she achieved her Assessors qualifications and her introduction to teaching in the Lifelong learning sector.  She was a popular member of the team; one […]

Straight A Goes Tweeting

Straight A Training has now become a member of the twitter community. We will be using the twitter page to provide our followers with updates in regards to new training opportunities, learner achievements, team news and much, much more. If you would like to become one of our ‘followers’ then please come and visit our […]

An Ethiopian Diary – Entry Two

Hi, and welcome to the second installment of the Straight Aim’s Ethiopian diary!! The sun is shining and the weekend is here…. Following on from the first diary entry the remainder of the week has been as wonderful as the beginning! On Wednesday I spent the morning in the grade school with a very lively […]

Diary of Straight Aims in Nazareth

Hi, and welcome to the online ‘diary’ of one team member straight from a slightly temperamental internet café in Nazareth, Ethiopia!!! Its official… the first Straight Aims voluntary teaching trip is underway thanks to all the great support that we have received over our first few months of existence. So far I am six days […]

Diary of a Straight A Learner

My name is Jessica Todaro and I have been working at The Landau, Langham London for the past 3 years. I completed a Customer Service level 2 Apprenticeship. My reason for starting the qualification was to obtain a recognisable qualification  as well as learn more about my job role and improve my English. As a result […]

Straight Aims Biking Success

OK; when one of our team members suggested competing in a 30 mile off road bike ride for charity, I was one of the first to raise my hand…. This should be great fun I said…….! Our Charity; Straight Aims is looking at supporting members of our team to spend time teaching and developing students […]

Straight Aims Head For The Hills

The team at Straight Aims are about to embark on our first fundraising activity: On Saturday 11th of September we are going to be completing a gruelling 30mile off-road biking journey across the Chilterns!! The reason that we are putting ourselves through what is predicted to be both a physically challenging and exhausting journey is […]

Straight A Training Welcomes Straight Aims

Hi, and welcome to Straight Aims! Straight Aims is a charity which has been set up in partnership with Straight A Training to provide teaching resources and assistance to schools in developing countries. Every year we will be selecting one project to raise money for and also sending one committee member to the selected school […]

Apprenticeship Leads to Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Alisha Bryan’s NVQ in Professional Cookery Level 2 has led unexpectedly to fame, or at least to an interview on Brookwood TV.  Alisha, who is currently working for the Brookwood Partnership Ltd at University College School, was interviewed to give an idea of what an apprenticeship in professional cookery is actually like. The Brookwood partnership runs […]

Diary Of An Assessor

Hello everybody my name is Louisa Jones and I am one of the new members of the Straight A team (or the new-be as I am called by my fellow colleagues). Since joining the team 6 months ago I have had to quickly adjust to the hectic lifestyle that comes with living in the hustle and […]

Straight A Supports VSC To Win Hospitality Award

In September 2009, The Victory Services Club, a Tri-Service Club for serving & retired members of the Armed Forces, was awarded the ‘Individual Unit Award’, and ‘Innovation in Retention & Talent Management Award’ at the ‘Caterer and Hotelkeeper Best Places to Work in Hospitality Awards’. The club, in conjunction with Straight A Training have achieved […]

Straight A Celebrate Ten Years

On the 1st of March 2009 Straight A Training celebrated 10 years since the company was first set-up by Jayne Raftery and Matthew Nutt. Since establishing the company in 1999 Jayne and Mat have built a training company which provides both government funded vocational training in addition to other non-funded courses, focused on providing the […]

The Edwards 2009 at the Radisson Edwardian Mayfair

The preparations for this high profile awards ceremony at the Radisson Mayfair were just as exciting as the event itself. For the first time Straight A Training was given the opportunity to present an award for The Most Improved Learner. All Straight A Training Assessors working with Radisson Hotel Group were encouraged to nominate two […]