As an Educational Consultancy you may wonder why Smart Training Solutions Limited has a motorcycle as its logo. This harks back to a company that was founded by Heather in 1999, Smart Rider Training Limited. The company was leagues ahead of its time back then with Heather ensuring all of her staff had teaching and assessing qualifications in addition to the regulatory requirements for instruction. With a burning desire to the best in her sector Heather became the most qualified female motorcycle riding instructor in the UK. National awards for her work in the industry quickly followed, along with the role of Chairperson of the Motorcycle Industry Trainers Association, culminating in an invite to join the Main Board of Directors for the Motorcycle Industry Association.
Heather decided to sell Smart Rider Training in 2013 after the continued growth experienced by her other company, Smart Training Solutions Limited. Smart Rider Training may have ridden off into the sunset, but the logo and its desire to provide ‘learning in motion’ continues.
In 2006 Smart Training Solutions Limited was established to meet an identified need for training providers, colleges, and employers to access expert support at affordable prices. With an extensive background in education, and utilising the proven training techniques of the British Army, its founders worked hard to design an approach to programme support which encompassed the very best of both worlds.
Smart Training Solutions became renowned for its ability to turn around underperforming or failing Government funded training programmes, maximising learner success rates and achievement. Gathering pace the company’s portfolio of services began to grow, and although we still offer programme recovery, it’s no longer our core focus.
External Verifier services to Awarding Organisations came next, which ensured we were exposed to best practice (and some not so good practice) from across the country. This service resulted in our training director being graded as an ‘A Grade External Verifier’ for the largest awarding organisation in the UK. We continue to offer External Quality Assurance services and have now externally quality assured hundreds of accredited centres since 2006.
The implementation of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) in 2011 brought a step-change in the sector and an uncertainty to our customers on how to move assessment teams from ‘old’ assessment techniques to ‘effective’ assessment techniques which would make them prosper under the new regulations. Smart Training Solutions decided to bring its expertise to market and established an accredited centre for the delivery of assessor, and internal and external quality assurance courses. These courses are very popular as delivery exceeds the qualification requirement. We have trained professionals from many different sectors, including awarding organisations, uniformed services, charities, private training providers, and individual practitioners.
In 2013 Smart Training Solutions were commissioned to design two national programmes for the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA). The brief was simple: Design a programme for business owners and individual instructors which will revolutionise the industry and bring it in line with modern-day educational standards - not an easy feat given the lack of investment in the motorcycle rider training industry. The programme is now being rolled out nationally by the MCIA, recognised by Government, and heralded as best practice by the awarding organisation responsible for its quality assurance.
In 2014 Smart Training Solutions were invited to become the exclusive provider of external quality assurance training for a forward-thinking and well-respected awarding organisation. This high level of engagement underpins our professionalism and our desire to be at the forefront of our sector.
In 2016 Smart Training Solutions began the development of courses and training programmes to assist those who were involved in the delivery of new apprenticeship standards. We helped training organisations design curriculum, develop staff competencies and understand the requirements of end-point assessment.
In 2018 Smart Training Solutions widened its offer to meet the needs of our customers in an ever-changing market. We assisted in writing bids, submitting applications to Government registers, selling businesses, developing new businesses, and implemented an online portfolio system to assist delivery of apprenticeship programmes. Our customer base widened to include the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Charities, and the Home Office. Our courses continue to be popular, and we welcomed many individual practitioners to the world of learning through our accredited training centre. Our desire to be the best in the industry will never waver.
In 2019 we continued to innovate with our offer of End Point Assessment support for End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) across a range of sectors, and delivering EPA training for a leading EPAO specialising in the justice sector. We also started our journey delivering courses for busy professionals live online. Using the latest technology we brought training delivery to our customers' homes, offices, or locations of their choosing. We also pledged to deliver training on a day or time (including weekends, bank holidays, or evenings) to suit their busy diaries and commitments. This delivery model was well received and will be continued into our next training year.
In 2020 the world was impacted by a pandemic which challenged people and businesses worldwide. We have always been proud of our adaptability and resilience when faced with difficulties and challenges, and this was no different. We built on our success of delivering training online, rewrote our mission statement, and became busier than ever meeting our clients needs, their way. We widened our delivery to include teacher training and increased course delivery by 125%. Amongst global change, we remained consistent and focussed on providing training solutions that met organisational, as well as individual needs.
In 2021 we continue to strive to be the market leader for training courses and consultancy services in the further education sector. As part of this commitment we were accepted as members of the Confederation of Education Consultants.
Our focus remains on the future and continuing success – whether you are an individual practitioner or business owner feel free to become part of this amazing journey.
A recent survey of our customers showed 100% would recommend our services to others.
A recent survey of our learners showed 100% were completely satisfied with the services provided.