What’s been going on this month?

Another month has passed, and the team here at Premier have lots to celebrate. Within the last 6 weeks, the qualifications team have issued 797 qualification certificates- that’s 797 learners who have achieved their chosen qualification in either Operational Delivery with City & Guilds or Management and Leadership with CMI. All these learners work for government organisations, so they are all now more highly skilled in their daily roles of looking after the UK. Well done to the learners and the trainers!

At Premier, we prioritise our people. This month, as part of a team building exercise, staff took part in an MBTI tests to gain more insight and understand of their own personalities and co-workers. The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. One of our Account Executive’s Clare Johnson was delighted with the outcome.

“I would like to say, the MBTI that we all experienced recently was really interesting. This gave me an insight in how different our team members are, but how we can all help each other. It also helped me understand the reasons behind my/others decision making, in work and at home. I’m happy with my results, and I thought the sessions really helped us understand one another. Which to me brings better teamwork! “

Bringing people together; not by forcing them into heavy (sometimes daunting) social situations but allowing them instead to understand each other’s personalities is a brilliant form of team building. For instance, during a conference an extrovert may be the first to speak up and propose an answer, where as an introvert may take time in silence, thinking longer and cautiously about their answer, and perhaps miss opportunities.

Subsequently, for future reference this may prompt extrovert staff to be patient and allow their fellow introvert colleagues time to think and deliver a great proposal. The MTBI test allowed all staff to have more awareness of one another and themselves. A conscious team will create great things!


What else?

We are very excited to announce that we have extended our Rail Skills training framework contract with Network Rail until 2021. We look forward to the year ahead!

To date, over 13,000 learners have completed a qualification with Premier. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have appointed us to develop, host and manage their online qualifications portal. We are currently an approved supplier on ESPO’s Learning and Development Framework, providing solutions to organisations across the UK, and ESPO have just extended their manged training framework (383). click to find out more.

Like any business, positive feedback is what makes it worthwhile. Our client, Slough Borough council were extremely happy with our associate Faye Taylor-Ball’s facilitation skills training session-

“Faye’s energy and expertise in supporting teams from across Slough Borough Council with facilitation skills has resulted in us building a pool of expertise to support better engagement, meetings and events. She has a tremendous way of putting delegates at ease at the outset and ensuring that there is clear understanding of learning objectives and checking in throughout the course. We look forward to working with her further in the future”

Jules Potter, Slough Council

We are also very excited to announce a record number of NEBOSH General Certificate courses have started this November for Premier Partnership.

Prostate Cancer awareness month

It’s that time of year again! Four of our guys in the office are feeling a little chilly this morning, as they sit at their desks clean shaven in preparation for growing their Movember moustaches. We can’t wait to see the end results! The Movember Foundation is saving and improving men’s lives through projects focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. If you wish to donate, click on the link.