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Healthcare Homes launches accredited apprenticeship programme with Steadfast Training Ltd

The Healthcare Homes Group is announcing the introduction of a brand new role to support nursing care across the group.  The new Health Care Practitioner role has launched, which offers staff an accredited apprenticeship programme that results in them transitioning to a skilled post alongside the experienced nursing team.

The initiative creates a development opportunity for staff who wish to expand their knowledge, plus it helps to address the nursing shortfall currently being seen in the industry, therefore helping to address the nursing skills gap.

The accredited apprenticeship programme has been developed by the Group’s Head of Learning & Development, Fran Brett, in partnership with training provider, Steadfast Training Ltd. The training programme will be led by Steadfast Training Ltd for those enrolling on the 12-month course. 

After 6-months of classroom training and individual mentoring by the group’s team of nurses, apprentices will begin operating under supervision, and by the time they are fully trained, they will be able to undertake a number of tasks to support nursing teams, such as taking observations and providing medication.  All Health Care Practitioners will be managed by trained nurses, therefore also opening up new mentoring opportunities for the group’s nursing team.

The opportunity was offered to staff across the organisation and received a significant level of interest. After shortlisting and assessment days held in Thetford and Eastbourne, 22 candidates have been initially selected to begin the course.

Director of HR, Sam Dixon said, “We’re really excited to launch this new role and programme of learning, which will bring so many benefits to the organisation, our staff and to our clients”.

“The Health Care Practitioners will support the clinical delivery of care across our nursing homes while offering a fantastic learning and development opportunity for carers who wish to extend their knowledge, enhance their skills and progress into a new role”. 

“We were also keen to address the skills gap we have been seeing within the industry, and to find a way of supporting our existing team of nurses”.

“This initiative reflects a significant investment on behalf of the group. We are heavily committed to our residents and to our staff and we’re confident that the introduction of this role will further improve on our fantastic track record of delivering quality care.”

The Healthcare Homes Group provides nursing care in many of its residential homes across East Anglia and the South of England.  

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OFSTED - It's good to be Good

Steadfast Training recently underwent a 2 day OFSTED inspection, to which we successfully secured our previous ‘Good’ grade 2.

The official Ofsted report notes that Steadfast Training Ltd has continued to focus on high-quality apprenticeships and providing good training and development for our apprentices.

"Since the previous inspection, directors and senior managers have continued to focus on high-quality apprenticeships in health and social care... You provide good training and development for your apprentices that meets local and regional business needs through the productive links you continue to develop."

The report also highlights that Steadfast Training Ltd has established effective Safeguarding arrangements and have implemented our obligations under the ‘Prevent’ duty well

"Directors and managers have taken effective action to ensure that safeguarding arrangements keep learners safe in the classroom and in the workplace"

"Managers have implemented their obligations under the ‘Prevent’ duty well, with effective and regularly updated staff training. The majority of learners and apprentices can articulate clearly their understanding of these issues and values. They can explain the risks of radicalisation and know how to keep themselves safe from the dangers of extremism and are aware of how to stay safe when using the internet or social media."

The inspection found that Steadfast apprentices make good progress in developing knowledge and skills that are relevant in their workplace, Employers are involved well in planning learning programmes that meet business needs and apprentices’ interests, most apprentices develop good work-related skills and become more confident in their job role, and Assessors support learners well to pass their functional skills tests in English and mathematics.

You can read the full report on the Ofsted website

We are an ILM approved centre!

ILM is the UK’s leading provider of leadership, management and coaching qualifications, and a City & Guilds Group Business. Steadfast Training is an ILM Recognised Provider.

As an Approved Centre, Steadfast Training Ltd has demonstrated that the right team is in place to offer the qualifications and assessment.

What is ILM?

The Institute of Leadership and Management is the UK’s leading provide of Leadership and Management qualifications. It provides a flexible portfolio of qualifications supporting everyone from team leaders to strategic managers. As a professional membership body it has over 28,000 members and is part of the City & Guilds Group. There are over 2000 registered ILM centres. ILM membership brings professional recognition and career progression


Steadfast Training Ltd Company Day 2017


This year's event was held at Eagles Golf Centre in Tilney All Saints where the team enjoyed a round of FootGolf after their twice-yearly company presentation and awards ceremony.


NEW Safeguarding Newsletter

The May/June issue of the Steadfast Safeguarding Newsletter is now online. The third issue of the newsletter focusses on Mental Health and how to get help with any issues related to your mental wellbeing.

You can read the latest issue here, or check out the previous issues on our Safeguarding page.


Steadfast Training Ltd granted Chartered status

We are pleased to announce that Steadfast Training Ltd is now a member of The Chartered Institution for Further Education (CIFE), one of only three Independent Training Providers to receive Chartered Status.

Jason Parnell, managing director of Steadfast Training, said: “We are delighted to become members of CIFE; this is a significant achievement for our organisation and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team.

Lord Lingfield, chairman of the CIFE, said: “These organisations have passed a rigorous process which has confirmed their position as leading performers in the sector.”

In order for to be granted chartered status by the CIFE, Steadfast Training Ltd had to pass its rigorous entrance process which requires evidence of qualities such as “an exemplary record of corporate governance”, “satisfactory financial health”, and a reputation for “honesty, openness and transparency” within the sector.

Steadfast Training Ltd is a prime contractor to non-levy payers

Steadfast is an ESFA prime contractor and is on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. We are able to support Small Businesses to implement the new Apprenticeship funding approach.

If your annual wage bill is £3million or less, you won’t pay the new apprenticeship levy however the funding for apprenticeships will also change for you from 1st May 2017.

In future, the government will co-invest with you in funding your apprenticeships, they will pay 90% of the cost and you will be asked to contribute 10%.

Each apprenticeship framework and new standard will be allocated to a funding band and the upper limit of the band will be the maximum price that government will ‘co-invest’.

To find out more about the Apprenticeship reforms visit our dedicated Levy page

Contact us at or call us on 0845 223 2401 and one of our Employer Advisors will make an appointment to come and talk it through with you. 

NEW! Online Courses

We are pleased to announce we now offer Online Courses for businesses and individuals

We, Steadfast Training Ltd, have launched an online course platform with courses from as little as £10.00.

We can now deliver important courses such as Fire Safety and First Aid completely online, to view all the courses available just click on our ‘Online Courses’ tab at the top of the page.

National Apprenticeship Week 2016

National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 will be held next month from 14th to 18th March, this year's annual event will be all about 'rising to the top'

Steadfast Training Ltd will be visiting various Schools, Colleges and Employers during the week to promote apprenticeships, if you'd like any more information on Apprenticeships contact a member of the Steadfast team on 0845 223 2401

Apprenticeships – key facts:

  • 1,300 businesses are now involved in designing the new apprenticeship standards
  • 1,500 different apprenticeships on offer in more than 170 industries
  • the government invested £1,559,771 in apprenticeships during the 2014 to 2015 academic year
  • businesses report an average increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire apprentices

Schools 'must offer Apprenticeship options'

Nicky Morgan

A new law to ensure Schools promote vocational routes as much as academic subjects to help students will be introduced this year to halt “outdated snobbery” against technical education.

Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education has said ministers want to "level the playing field", making sure young people are aware of all options open to them.

The new law will ensure that technical colleges and Apprenticeship providers, such as Steadfast Training Ltd, will be allowed into schools to give career advice to pupils.

Nicky Morgan said: “As part of our commitment to extend opportunity to all young people, we want to level the playing field – making sure they are aware of all the options open to them and are able to make the right choice for them.”

“For many young people going to university will be the right choice, and we are committed to continuing to expand access to higher education, but for other young people the technical education provided by apprenticeships will suit them better.”

“That’s why I’m determined to tackle the minority of schools that perpetuate an outdated snobbery towards apprenticeships by requiring those schools to give young people the chance to hear about the fantastic opportunities that apprenticeships and technical education offer.” 

Hopefully the new legislation will not only give apprenticeship providers the chance to speak directly to students but also prevent schools from treating Apprenticeships as a ‘second-best’ option

National Apprenticeship Wage has risen!

Apprenticeship Minimum Wage has increased from £2.73 to £3.30. This is the biggest ever increase in National Minimum Wage for apprentices, National Minimum Wage will also increase for 16 to 17 year olds to £3.87 and up to £5.30 for 18-20 year olds.

National Minimum Wage will also increase to £6.70, the largest real-terms increase since 2008


Steadfast Training Ltd Celebrates 10 years of Success

The Team at Steadfast Training Ltd celebrated 10 years of success at their annual company day with a visit to the circus! The team took part in a workshop with ‘Circus Sensible’ learning a variety of circus skills from juggling to walking the tight rope.


Jason Parnell (Managing Director) said “It’s important to celebrate the company and teams achievements and organising a fun event that the whole team can take part in is really special”. He added  “Many of our team work remotely and are based all over the East of England and the Midlands so having everyone together at these types of events helps to build stronger relationships in the team”

Steadfast Training Ltd was established locally in 2005 and has grown significantly over the last 10 years to become the 350th largest contractor to the Skills Funding Agency employing over 40 employees with a multimillion pound turnover.

Steadfast Training Ltd was awarded a Grade 2 Ofsted at their July 2014 inspection and specialise in the delivery of Vocational Qualifications, Apprenticeships and Employability Programmes within many sectors, including Business & Administration, Customer Service, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, IT User, Digital Marketing, Management, Team Leading and Warehousing & Storage.

Managing Director Jason Parnell says “it’s been an interesting journey and I immensely proud of the teams achievements in developing the company to where it is today” he added “In the last 10 years Steadfast Training Ltd have worked with over 1000 companies and organisations to upskill their staff , Helped 6,000 Unemployed people Train for Work, Changed the lives of 2,000 Apprentices and Helped over 4,000 people achieve accredited , Diplomas, NVQS and Certificates.”


Apprenticeship Benefits | VIDEO

Find out what an Apprenticeship could do for you in our new video!

Look out for the new Steadfast Vehicles!

We’ve just taken delivery of a new fleet of vehicles and the assessment team at Steadfast Training Ltd are very excited!

Keep your eyes peeled for the new Steadfast Training Ltd Vans; we’ll be at a business near you soon! 

Apprenticeship Wage to rise 20%

David Cameron & Nick Clegg announced on Tuesday (16/3/15) that the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage will increase from £2.73 to £3.30, much higher than the 2.6% increase to £2.80 which was earlier suggested by the commission.

This is the biggest ever increase in National Minimum Wage for apprentices, National Minimum Wage will also increase for 16 to 17 year olds to £3.87 and up to £5.30 for 18-20 year olds.

National Minimum Wage will also increase to £6.70, the largest real-terms increase since 2008

Congratulations, you’re all winners to us!

Great news! We have 40 apprentices from all over Norfolk and a further 10 learners from Lincolnshire who have been nominated for the Apprenticeship Graduation Awards this year! The 50 entrants are studying an array of subjects from Business Administration to Health & Social Care.

The Norfolk event will take place on 9th & 17th July 2015, whereas the Lincolnshire event will take place next Thursday, 12th March 2015.

We would like to wish each apprentice good luck, you’re all Steadfast champions!

Caterham F1 Sponsors



We are pleased to announce that Steadfast Training Ltd's Logo will be one of the sponsors on both Caterham’s Formula 1 Grand Prix Cars this weekend as well as in the Pit Garages.

Many of you may have read in the press Caterham F1 have struggled to survive this year and raised funds by crowd funding which Steadfast Training Ltd have supported in return for the company’s branding to be on the car and the pits.

We wish the best of luck to the team, who will race in Abu Dhabi this weekend!

We Placed our 500th Apprentice!

Team Photo


“Working with local employers, like Roythornes, in partnership is pivotal to a successful Apprenticeship”

–Jason Parnell, Managing Director of Steadfast Training Ltd


Steadfast Training Ltd are celebrating their ‘500th Young Apprentice’ Matthew Tyrell, a previous Spalding Grammar School pupil, joined Roythornes Solicitors to undertake a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship.


“I am pleased to be undertaking an Apprenticeship  at a Solicitors with a good reputation, to help my employment opportunities in the future, whilst getting paid to learn. The support I have received from Steadfast Training Ltd has been great and they have guided me through every step of the apprenticeship programme with a friendly and professional nature.”

– Matthew Tyrell, Apprentice

Roythornes Solicitors, one of the largest firms of solicitors in the East of England, will provide Matthew with an excellent foundation to start his career.


“We’re delighted to be working with Steadfast and to have Matthew as a part of our team.  Apprenticeships offer a great channel for people to learn about the world of work whilst gaining valuable experience and of course qualifications which will help them through their career.

As a large employer in the region we see ourselves as part of the community and anything we can do to help has to be a positive move.”

– Mark Dodds, Roythornes Solicitors Marketing Manager

Steadfast Training Ltd pride ourselves on providing excellent opportunities for young people to undertake an Apprenticeship. Working closely with schools and a variety of employers small and large we are able to offer Quality Apprenticeships to suit all types of organisations ranging from Business Administration, Social Media & Digital Marketing to Health and Social Care.


“We were extremely pleased to hear that Steadfast’s 500th apprentice is a recent Spalding Grammar School pupil, and we are thrilled that Matthew is now working for a reputable, local firm such as Roythornes who can offer him a bright and promising future within law.

It is important to support not only our students who stay on for 6th Form and choose to go to University, but also those that embark on a career that best suits them and their future pathway. Our relationship with Steadfast Training is developing rapidly and we have placed other students in responsible positions with their invaluable help and guidance. We wish Matthew all the best for the future and offer our thanks to Steadfast for all their efforts in finding him a suitable placement with plenty of opportunity to grow.”

–All staff and teachers at Spalding Grammar School


Steadfast Training Ltd pride ourselves on providing excellent opportunities for young people to undertake an Apprenticeship. Working closely with schools and a variety of employers small and large we are able to offer Quality Apprenticeships to suit all types of organisations ranging from Business Administration, Social Media & Digital Marketing to Health and Social Care.


“Steadfast has grown significantly in the last 18 months, based on our reputation for quality which was has been reinforced through our latest ‘Good’ OFSTED report and our retention of the prestigious ‘Matrix Standard’”

 – Jason Parnell, Managing Director

Steadfast Training Ltd was established in 2005; based in Spalding, and now operate Nationally with 42 employees across the country as a Prime Contractor for the Skills Funding Agency, delivering in excess of £3 million contracts for Apprenticeships and programmes supporting the unemployed.


For Further Information please contact Denise Sheed or Chloe Robinson on 0845 223 2401 or email or


OFSTED Inspection Success

Ofsted Logo


08/08/2014 – 11:00

Steadfast Training recently underwent a 5 day OFSTED inspection, to which they successfully achieved their target grade of ‘Good’ grade 2, improving from their previous score of Grade 3.

Steadfast Training Ltd gained grade 2’s in all areas, including Outcomes for learners, Quality of teaching learning and assessment, and Effectiveness of leadership and management. The official OFSTED report notes that the changes made to Steadfast Training Ltd, since 2012, have been beneficial and resulted in a higher grade. Steadfast Training Ltd now has the permission to deliver Traineeships, which are designed to help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience.



 “A substantially restructured and larger management team has made a number of changes since the last inspection to bring about change and improve provision. They work with highly committed employers and experienced tutors and staff who together support apprentices and learners in realising their potential and ambitions.” – OFSTED



“We, as a company, are overjoyed with our OFSTED result – we’ve worked hard to secure our OFSTED grade and pride ourselves on our training services. We are looking forward to seeing what the future brings for Steadfast” – Jason Parnell, Managing Director.


Steadfast Training is a nationally recognised provider of quality vocational training and Apprenticeships. We work with employers and learners throughout the East of England, East Midlands and Greater London.

Latest News

Healthcare Homes launches accredited apprenticeship programme with Steadfast Training Ltd

The Healthcare Homes Group, a leading provider of residential and domiciliary care services, is now working with Steadfast Training Ltd to introduce a brand new role to support nursing care across the group.


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OFSTED - It's good to be Good

Steadfast Training recently underwent a short 2 day OFSTED inspection, to which we successfully secured our previous ‘Good’ grade 2.

We are an ILM approved centre!

Steadfast Training Ltd Company Day 2017

Steadfast Training Ltd held their annual Company Day on Friday 7th July

NEW Safeguarding Newsletter

The third issue of our Safeguarding Newsletter is now available to read