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Latest blog posts from the SVT team.

Starting with a bang

I first joined SVT In January of this year after finding out at the beginning of December that I was being made redundant. My best Christmas present was finding out that I was successful and had the job of Lead Administrator with SVT. ...
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Jo Towse Chats

I have worked within the NHS for over 20 years changing my career path to become a Health and Social Care Assessor in 2013. I have always enjoyed working within the health sector. Having a passion for good standards of practice and deliv...
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Longest Member of SVT

I started working for SVT in February 2004 as a part-time freelance NEBOSH support tutor working approximately 8 hours per week providing online support and guidance for candidates who were working towards their level 3 National General Certificat...
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A brief history of an assessor - Sean Watson

Hello, my name is Sean Watson and I assess Health & Safety. I first started assessing in 1997; training and assessing construction based qualifications. At the time, it was acceptable to complete an NVQ in a training enviro...
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The Kings Speech

I have worked for SVT from when it was formed and have seen hundreds of students graduate and achieve their qualifications through elearning, giving me a sense of great pride that I have helped them to achieve their goals. I speak to and have...
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Mark Avison on Mental Health Awareness

As a Health & Social Care distance learning provider, here at SVT we always recognise the importance to support and highlight issues within our Health & Social Care community. As a member of the SVT team, my personal support is o...
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Philip Jewitt My Time at SVT

Time passes so quickly. It seems like only yesterday that I joined SVT as an NVQ Course Advisor My wife, Sharon and I moved back to sunny Cleethorpes (home) in 2013 after living and running a business in Financial Services in W...
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External Quality Assurances

Specialist Vocational Training Ltd hold centre approval with City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership & Management. Regular readers will be aware that we offer a range of qualifications at levels 3 through to level 7 in Occupational H...
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What is a SWOT Analysis?

Well firstly, here’s what SWOT stands for: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Ok, so what? What's it good for?...
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New Managing Director at SVT Ltd

We have had a bit of a re-shuffle at SVT Ltd. The news from my desk is that I am now in a business advisory role taking on the position of Director of Business Strategy. Tim Watson is now Commercial Director and Cheryl Watson is now Managing Direc...
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2016 Summarised by Mike Watson SVT CEO

In terms of pass rates for our students and end of year accounting 2016 has been our best year to date. On average 30 students, a month Graduated gaining qualifications at levels 4, 5 and 7 in Occupational Health & Safety, Care Management and ...
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Running SVT Ltd part 4

Business and more importantly managing a business is amongst the most interesting and rewarding aspects of my life. I have owned and managed many businesses including in the late 1980s a computer business called One Stop Ltd and in the late 1990s ...
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Working with other businesses

I have always, for the past 25 years, taken a view that working with other businesses that compliment my business is a good strategy for success. Of course you have to be sure when choosing your partners in business., I have made some mistakes in ...
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Running SVT Ltd

I can only discuss our business in terms of start up costs generally as every business is different of course. You will either be a start up business or established in part. This blog discuss how we started after SVT Ltd had been operating for 10 ...
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SVT Ltd business and business start-up part 3

In my last blog I explained a little of the background to my career so far and my ownership of businesses over the past 25 years or so. In this blog I would like to tell you a little about Specialist Vocational Training Ltd and the people who I wo...
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Running SVT Ltd Part 2

As discussed in my last blog or part 1 as I called it I will now discuss my part in a health and safety training company. At this point I will not go into detail as later in future blogs I will use my time at the health and safety company to expla...
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Running SVT Part 1

The most difficult matter to deal with when you start a business is normally money or the lack of it. I have started and ended a few businesses over the years and all but two of them that I started were forced on me. To be clear I started a busine...
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First words

My objective is to inform and help those who are interested in starting a business to be successful. This blog is aimed at those who have an ambition to start a business or in some cases improve their current business. I suspec...
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This is Mr David Bristow CMIOSH and more.

David was a close friend of mine. He died late in 2015 in a car crash as he was heading for his place of work in Saudi. His two work colleagues survived but were badly injured in the crash. David was just 63 years old. To say it was a sad event fo...
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