National Numeracy Day 2022

National Numeracy Day 2022

Get involved with National Numeracy Day on 18 May

Adult numeracy is a real issue with around 17m adults in England – half of the working-age population having the numeracy skills of primary school children. Poor numeracy can hold people back from having the confidence to get on in life and into work.

Those who improve their numeracy skills are more likely to be in employment, have higher wages, and have better well-being.

Improving adult numeracy is the key aim of the recently launched Multiply programme. Backed by £270m in England and up to £559m in total across the UK, Multiply will offer adults who do not already have a GCSE grade C/4 or higher in Maths or equivalent and need to improve their numeracy, free flexible courses that fit around their lives. Courses are expected to be available this autumn in person or online, at work or at home, and either on a part-time or intensive basis.

We are proud to be a Numeracy Champion and we will be sharing some free, fun activities and resources with you.

Try out the National Numeracy Challenge today at www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk

Get involved with the bumper programme of #BigNumberNatter conversations, live events, fun number-based activities and confidence-boosting resources and learning for adults and children nationalnumeracy.org.uk/numeracyday




16 Days of Action Against Domestic Abuse.

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of 16 Days of Action which runs from 25th November to 7th December. We will be sharing content across our social media platforms which will include information, advice, videos, podcasts, and also useful links and numbers to helplines and support networks in the UK. You can visit the 16 Days to Action Against Domestic Abuse here: 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence




Traineeship Learner Recognition Award – Jodie Pomfrett – Wrights of Warrington

Traineeship Learner Recognition Award – Jodie Pomfrett – Wrights of Warrington

Traineeship Learner Recognition Award – Jodie Pomfrett – Wrights of Warrington

Jodie was originally nominated for the award by her Training Advisor, Rose Harrison.

Jodie started on a traineeship program in September 2020, and this was her first experience in work. School and College never worked out for Jodie and she applied for the traineeship at Wrights of Warrington as she had moved into her own house. This made her driven to succeed and focus on work her studies. Jodie went on to achieve both the Employability skills and the Digital Skills aims of the traineeship. She demonstrated the skills, commitment and reliability needed to progress into full-time work.

Tracey saw something special in Jodie and offered her a job as a customer service apprentice. Jodie remained positive throughout the second lockdown, working a few days a week until she could start her customer service apprenticeship in April 2021. Jodie is now progressing both in her role and with her course. Tracey now relies on Jodie and has trusted her to open and close the office.

Jodie commented on her nomination

“I don’t know where or what I’d be doing now as It has given me an opportunity and a starting point on a career. I have gained experience and confidence and I have now opened a career path for progression. When I joined Wrights of Warrington, I found it enjoyable and get on well with everyone. Rose, my Training Advisor was always on hand to help. I’ve improved my timekeeping during my programme”

Feedback from Jodie on her achievement

“I am shocked and surprised to find out I have won. I am very happy, and I am now thinking about what I can buy with her £250 amazon voucher as her prize!

Here at Smart, we are extremely proud of Jodie as she is proof that with the right skills and determination you can succeed and progress in your career. Well done Jodie!






Apprenticeship Learner Recognition Award – Jack Whitehall – Egger

Apprenticeship Learner Recognition Award – Jack Whitehall – Egger

Apprenticeship Learner Recognition Award – Jack Whitehall – Egger

Jack started working at Egger with no payroll experience at all. It was difficult through COVID and being furloughed but Jack still attended every online learning lesson and he progressed in his qualification. Jack did struggle with the multiple-choice question and role simulation part of the endpoint assessment, but he attended revision sessions every week and he also did revision in his own time. Jack was happy to pass his exams and is now a respected team member at Egger.

Jack’s Training Advisor, Sarah Johnson nominated Jack for our Learner Recognition Award because of his dedication to his apprenticeship and he was always going the extra mile to work towards passing his qualification. When we asked Jack to provide feedback on his programme he said.


” A short time after my apprenticeship began, I knew it was for me. I like the office-style work environment and was made to feel like a very valued member of the company. I’ve experienced many good things over the course of my two-year apprenticeships such as travelling to the company headquarters in Austria, going on many different training courses and team outings.

Throughout my apprenticeship, I had to complete regular assessments and activities with Smart as well as internal and virtual meetings with my training coordinator, Sarah, who was always happy to help and support me, especially during the covid 19 pandemic.

I did find my apprenticeship to be quite challenging as the level of legislative implications and deadlines responsibilities that go with payroll take a lot of time and patience to learn. Over the course of my apprenticeship, I’ve developed my knowledge and application of many core areas of payroll such as processing, employee tax and National Insurance, understanding the different types of pension schemes that go with payroll, and how it applies to the workforce. As well as developing my team working on communication skills at work.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of my course and the teaching I received from my training advisor Sarah at Smart, I would encourage anyone to take up an apprenticeship”

We spoke to Claire Ball, the HR Manager at Egger, who was extremely happy that Jack had been nominated and been crowned the winner of the Apprenticeship Learner Recognition Award 2021.

“Jack started his apprenticeship with EGGER in May 2019, this included on the job learning as well as formal training with SMART over a two-year period. This ended in a permanent position at EGGER as Trainee Payroll Systems / Analytics Coordinator. During Jack’s apprenticeship we faced Covid related challenges which impacted Jack directly, he had periods working from home and was also on Furlough leave for a few months.  Despite these challenges, he continued to persevere with his development.

The Payroll Administrator Level 3 course content was also technical and demanding in some respects and yet Jack continued to show commitment, enthusiasm, and drive to ensure he completed his studies on time.  Jack works as part of our HR and Payroll teams, supporting with regular and ad hoc reporting, analysing data and dealing with Management requests.

Jack has developed excellent interpersonal and technical skills during his apprenticeship and will now develop even further in terms of analytics and people data. He has been a strong addition to our team, he has good overall skills and is a resilient, talented and well-liked employee”

Everyone at Smart Training would like to congratulate Jack on his achievement and we are all extremely proud of Jack and wish him all the success at Egger and his career.

The Apprenticeship Incentives Scheme: Extended To January 2022

The Apprenticeship Incentives Scheme: Extended To January 2022

The Apprenticeship Incentives Scheme: Extended To January 2022

Great news for employers; the Apprenticeships Incentive Scheme has been extended to the end of January 2022. This means employers can get a grant of £3,000 for every apprentice they hire before that date.

In a speech for the Conservative Party Conference, Rishi Sunak announced that the government would be extending the scheme in order to give businesses an economic boost post-COVID. The incentive is designed to help businesses grow their teams and add new skills.

 We are delighted to hear this news. Since the scheme was first made available in August 2020 we have helped many employers realise the power of Apprenticeships.

Hiring an Apprentice will kick-start a person’s career, giving them the defined structure for employment and learning over a 12-24 month period. Apprenticeship Programmes are funded by the government so are financially viable. With our FREE recruitment service, Smart will manage the programme, the training, finding the right person, and support you as the employer.

Interested in hiring an apprentice? Contact us today at askus@smarttar.co.uk

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The Results Are In….

The Results Are In….

Drum Roll Please….. The Results are in…

We have received some fantastic nominations and we have really enjoyed reading through all the case studies and after a very tough decision, we are excited to announce the winners of the Smart Training and Recruitment Learner and Employer Recognition Awards.

  • Jack at Egger won our Apprentice Learner Recognition Award
  • Jodie at Wrights of Warrington won our Traineeship Learner Recognition Award
  • Andalucia won our Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Award
  • Wrights of Warrington won our Traineeship Employer Recognition Award.
  • Sam at The Fig and Olive was our runner up for the Learner Recognition Award
  • Alisha at Andalucia was also our runner up for the Learner Recognition Award

Congratulations to all our winners, you will be receiving your certificate and prizes soon. Watch this space for the latest photographs and feedback from all our winners and runner-ups.

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View our winner’s video here!