Information & Guidance

FW Solutions strives to provide all learners and potential learners with accurate and up to date information and advice that enables them to make informed choices about their learning.

Our staff are impartial and signpost people to the most relevant and appropriate source of information, advice or guidance.

In this section you will find information, advice and guidance on both professional and personal subjects.


Safeguarding

We are here to help – if there is anything that is not listed or you would prefer to talk to someone in person we have a designated Safeguarding Officer who you can speak to. Please call the office on 01423 536672 and a member of the team will arrange for them to contact you.

Safeguarding for FWS learners

We have been given access to a free resource from Bradford District Council – ‘Real Safeguarding Stories’.

Real Safeguarding Stories is a learning tool dedicated to raising awareness of safeguarding issues. By telling compelling stories based upon real life events, they can help professionals from many walks of life understand complex issues. Understanding and relating to these stories is the first step towards individuals and organisations being better able to support those at risk.

To access this resource please click here

On this website you will find a series of videos, each exploring a different aspect of safeguarding, including child and adult safeguarding, and domestic abuse. These are based on the experiences of professionals working in the field, and from interviews with victims of abuse. The videos are then scripted and filmed using actors in a realistic context. Each video is supported by simple guidance to support wider training or awareness activity.


Information Advice and Guidance

VQ Manager – your online study area to upload your work and download materials.

BKSB – complete your Functional Skills initial assessments here.

National Careers Service – information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

www.kipmcgrath.co.uk – Need to re-sit your Maths and/or English GCSE? Find your local centre for private tuition.

https://qsdyslexiatest.com/ – Online dyslexia test for adults and teenagers.

https://www.fgmelearning.co.uk/ – FGM training

www.talktofrank.com – Information on drugs and their risks, drug classification, slang names, help and advice.  This is also a great resource for any assignments you may need information for.

www.drinkaware.co.uk  – Advice on alcohol

www.adviceguide.org.uk – Advice-guide provides information on your rights including benefits, housing, family matters and employment issues. Run by the citizens advice bureau.

www.patient.co.uk – Medical information and support.  Patient information leaflets, symptom checker, information on medical conditions, illnesses and medication.

www.carersuk.org – Help and support for those who care for family members, respite care, support for young people and children who care for a parent.

www.relate.org – Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through this website.

www.karmanirvana.org.uk and www.womensaid.org.uk – Help and support for women and men who are involved in cultural forced marriage and honour violence.

Awareness of forced marriage – Free Course – Virtual College has worked with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office to create the free online course ‘Awareness of Forced Marriage’

www.addaction.org.uk – Aims to help transform the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol problems. Offers a wide range of services in England and Scotland.

www.unison.org.uk – Public service union, advice, discounted insurance, representation and education.

www.citizensadvice.org.uk – Citizens Advice

www.dwp.gov.uk – Department for work and Pensions


Student discounts and help with finances

www.studentdiscounts.co.uk – Student discounts across the UK – Updated daily

www.leedsstudent.org – Web based newspaper produced by Leeds NUS

www.studentcalculator.org – Check your eligibility for loans and grants, money managing and budgeting help

www.wymetro.com – Discounted Student travel and admission pass


Hospitality & Catering

www.caterer.com – Information and articles aimed at the hospitality industry, job vacancies.

www.instituteofhospitality.org  –  The professional body for individual managers and aspiring managers working and studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.


Childcare and Early Years

www.pacey.org.uk  – Understanding fundamental British Values in the Early Years

www.literacytrust.org.uk – Supports the development of early language and communication skills, as the vital first step to literacy.

www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk – North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children e learning course.

bradford.learningpool.com – Bradford Council e learning.


Team Leading & Management

www.cipd.co.uk – Human Resources and people management

www.managers.org.uk – Chartered Management Institute, topical blogs and articles, professional membership and networking


Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

www.excellencegateway.org.uk – Information and learning resources. Framework documents.

www.learningsupport.co.uk – Learning Support is the professional magazine and web site for teaching assistants, bringing them the information, support, ideas and resources.


Customer Services

www.instituteofcustomerservice.com – The Institute of Customer Service is the professional body for customer service. Their main purpose is to lead customer service performance and professionalism.


Business and Administration

www.skillscfa.org – Standards and qualifications

www.apprenticeships.org.uk – Apprenticeship information

www.edexcel.com – NVQ information


Radicalisation

At FW Solutions Ltd we are responsible for supporting PREVENT and reporting any suspicions of any learner being radicalised.

You can read more about this here.