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A C A C I A ’ S H I S TO RY The Managing Director of Acacia Training, Anne Littleton, has an expert insight into the care sector as she herself owns a successful care home located in the Crewe area of Cheshire. In fact, Acacia Training was established by Anne in 2001 in response to the training needs of her own staff, which she felt could not be satisfied by existing providers. The enterprise commenced in a small office training a small number of Anne’s care workers. However, the venture was a triumph and these initial

Currently, our professional trainers and assessors deliver NVQ’s in Care and associated care training in the workplace, effectively fulfilling the needs of learners and employers. We take great pride in the high quality of support our candidates receive and the customised training opportunities available to companies, thus ensuring that all our customers benefit from an outstanding service.

In This issue:

T H E A C A C I A G R O U P M I S S I O N S TATE M E N T Our Mission Statement: ‘Our priority is to provide a first-class responsive service to each and every customer at each and every opportunity’

Acacia Skills Academy Breaking News


Acacia CAREer Plan




Acacia rebrands its websites


What we can offer


A C A C I A D E S T I N Y S EC U R E S C O N T R A C T W I T H D W P Acacia Destiny, the non-profit making arm of Acacia, has been successfully selected to deliver part of the Government's Future Jobs Fund programme creating 220 jobs. As part of this programme, Acacia Skills Academy members will be invited to take free placements for a minimum period of 6 months. If you are in the Stoke on Trent area and could benefit from placements in your workplace then please contact us on 08448 75 75 79

Maybe you’re looking for a change of career? Maybe you’ve always wanted to work in the care industry, but just didn’t know how to go about it? Or, maybe you already work in care but want to improve your chances of promotion? From the moment you decide that a career in care is for you, until the moment you accept a position, The Acacia Skills Academy Career Plan is there to support and nurture you – in fact, we can potentially get you employment within the care industry within 3 – 6 months of enrolment. Our Career Plan utilises all the employment ‘muscle’ of the Acacia Group. As well as The Acacia Skills Academy, your first port of call when considering a career in care, Acacia Training will be on hand if you need an NVQ and Acacia Recruitment will be able to arrange placements and help you land a job at the end of it. For employers, the career plan is invaluable – think about it. Not only do you get the pick of staff trained to the highest standards, you can also bring them into your company on a placement and see how things work out before you commit to full employment – everybody wins. The advantages of Skills Academy membership should now be crystal clear, we are the only all-encompassing Skills Academy dedicated to training and ongoing development. We are proud that we offer the very best service and produce the very best people.

“The Skills Academy’s commitment to quality really stands out”

Dennis Taylor Former Snooker World Champion

SAFEGUARDING The Acacia Group’s aim is to protect and safeguard all learners whilst on a programme, we want all learners to be able to participate, enjoy and achieve. No learner should or will suffer a violation of their human or civil rights. We have a zero tolerance level against any form of abuse. We work closely with the Staffordshire local safeguarding children’s board, who will help and support us in instances relating to abuse. For anyone wanting to contact the local safeguarding children’s board, the contact details are: 01782 235100. This is the Stoke on Trent Safeguarding board, however it is worth noting that all regions will have their own local numbers.

A C A C I A P L A N S TO R E VA M P W E B S I TE S Acacia has begun work on revamping the company websites in order to realign them with our new company focuses and projects we have started. The Acacia Skills Academy website has already been completed and the Acacia Training site will be completed by March 2010. To view our sites please visit We also have a group site which will point you in the direction to all our sites. For this site please visit:

THE ACACIA TRAINING SELF ASSESSMENT REPORT Acacia has now completed our Self Assessment Report. This will be sent out to all employers for their perusal. If you wish to view our SAR then please contact us on 08448 75 75 79

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES It is our policy as an employer that The Acacia Group will treat all people equally irrespective of race, ethnic origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief.

W H AT T H E A C A C I A G R O U P H A S TO O F F E R NVQ Care L2 NVQ Care L3 NVQ Care Level 4 NVQ L4 Leadership & Management For Care Services NVQ L2 Support Services in Healthcare

NVQ L1 Cleaning & Support Services NVQ L2 Cleaning & Support Services NVQ L1 Customer Services NVQ L2 Customer Services NVQ L2 Advice & Guidance NVQ L3 Advice & Guidance NVQ L4 Advice & Guidance

NVQ CCLD L2 NVQ CCLD L3 NVQ CCLD L4 NVQ L1 Business Administration NVQ L2 Business Administration NVQ L3 Business Administration NVQ L3 Management NVQ L4 Management

Basic Skills – Adult Literacy L1 Basic Skills – Adult Numeracy L1 Basic Skills – Adult Literacy L2 Basic Skills – Adult Numeracy L2 PTLLS and CTLLS Apprenticeships & Advanced Apprenticeships in Childcare

NVQ L2 Team Leading

Please contact us on 01782 646 346 for more information

SHORT COURSES Health and Safety/COSH Fire Safety Protection of Vulnerable Adults First Aid in the Workplace Basic Food Hygiene Moving and Handling Dementia Care Accident Prevention Paediatric First Aid Baby Practitioner Safeguarding Children Working with Children with Learning Disabilities

Continence including Catheter care Diabetes/Nutrition Infection Control Handling and Dispensing Medicines Abuse Care Planning Dying, Death and Bereavement Common Induction Training Aggression Management Children’s Rights Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner Equal Opportunities Working with Disabilities in Older People

Please contact us on 08448 75 75 79 for more information

Acacia Training January Newsletter  

Company and industry news from Acacia Training