Learning Disability Week 2017

Learning Disability Week

Mencap is using this year’s Learning Disability Week (19-25 June) to urge employers to think about the benefits of employing people with a learning disability – both for the person with a learning disability and also for the organisation in which they work.

Research carried out by Mencap has indicated there are a number of barriers, which make it harder for people with a learning disability to find, and stay in work. These include negative attitudes and low expectations towards people with a learning disability from employers, managers and colleagues; skills and qualifications gaps, lack of flexible, personalised employment programmes and unfair treatment and discrimination in the workplace.

The week aims to highlight, and remove the barriers faced by people with a learning disability to ensure they enjoy the same quality of life as the population as a whole.

According to research carried out by Mencap, nearly 1 in 3 of 18-35 year olds with a learning disability spend less than 1 hour a day outside their homes and currently 8 in 10 working age people have a mild or moderate learning disability. However, fewer than 2 in 10 are in employment, with less than 6% in paid employment.

We want to help change that.

Here at Sixth Sense Training we pride ourselves on being open and accessible to the needs of the employers and the candidate’s personal circumstances. We aim to match each employee with the perfect business, allowing both to thrive.

Our partnership with assistive technology specialists, Concept Northern, has made this a reality. Concept Northern continually support people with disabilities and learning difficulties in employment, education and privately.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of employing a team member with a learning disability, including boosting staff morale, financial costs and improving the public image of your company by demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, then contact Sixth Sense Training.

To recruit individuals with learning disabilities and to find out what job opportunities are available in your area visit www.sixthsense-training.com for further information.

Additionally, visit Mencap’s website to see if you can make a difference-

Mencap employers’ resources [online] at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained/resources-employers

Mencap Learning Disability Week resources [online] at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2017


Scottish Employment Recruitment Incentive Funding 2017

Modern Apprenticeships for a Modern Workplace

Sixth Sense Training has a history of investing in young people and we are passionate about providing opportunities to those young people that have experienced challenges in life. Time and again we have supported employers in recruiting a young person with barriers to employment and that person has made the most of the opportunity, flourished and became a real asset to the business. A Modern Apprenticeship is a great way for business to grow and for young people living in Scotland to secure a bright future through experience in the workplace, training and the qualification that they attain.

In an effort to promote this valuable chance for businesses to build their workforce whilst providing young people with this opportunity, the government has again opened the Scottish Employment Recruitment Incentive (SERI) for 2017, which targets support at unemployed young people with the greatest barriers to employment to enable them to obtain and remain in sustainable employment including Modern Apprenticeships.

SERI is administered by Our Skillsforce and allows your company to get up to £4,000 when the business commits to hiring a Modern Apprentice (MA). The funding is a contribution towards the additional costs of recruiting a young person during their first 52 weeks of sustainable employment.

The incentive is a co-investment in young people with a view to helping businesses grow. As a national minimum, it is expected that 25% of places allocated to local authorities will support young people who are care leavers, carers, an ex-offender or disabled.

Funding is available from 1 April 2017 to 31 January 2018 to private or third sector organisations of any size. You’ll need to recruit someone who is 16-19 years old and fits one or more of the eligible groups. Our expert recruiters can help you determine whether the candidate is eligible and help you navigate the application process.

Your business will need to demonstrate the ability to offer a young person employment lasting a minimum of 52 weeks during the modern apprenticeship.

More information, along with the Eligibility Criteria can be found here.

Please contact us at info@sixthsense-training.com for more information or to begin the recruitment process.


The Apprenticeship Levy And Scottish Businesses

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What Is The Apprenticeship Levy?

In 2015 the UK government announced an apprenticeship levy on all employers with the aim of funding both foundation and modern apprenticeship schemes and eventually delivering over three million apprenticeships with a target date of 2020.

The levy is applicable to all businesses in U.K and is set at a rate of 0.5% of the employer’s payroll. The good news for businesses is that employers will be entitled to an allowance of £15000 to use for apprenticeship training in order to offset the payment. This effectively means that the levy will only be payable on a payroll in excess of £3 million per year.

Smaller companies can still take advantage of available Government funding, which is likely to include an employer contribution.

What Does This Mean For My Business?

Many companies affected by the levy currently either have a small provision for apprenticeships or in many cases don’t provide apprenticeships at all at present. Therefore, many businesses will only be able to reap the benefit of the outlay by implementing a new or expanding their existing, apprenticeship programme.

At Sixth Sense Training we have a fantastic record of taking young inexperienced candidates and, along with great employers, nurturing and training them into valuable assets to the businesses we work with. Who better to partner with and help you minimise the risks and maximise both the opportunities and the value of your businesses contributions that come along with the levy?

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What Can Sixth Sense Training To Do Help? 

  • The levy can be used to upskill existing employees through the SVQ’s that we provide.
  • We can offer a free recruitment service to businesses to hire and train employees working towards a Modern Apprenticeship.
  • Help you define and create your company’s own personalised apprenticeship programme.
  • Advise on any additional funding that may be available.

Further Information Can Be Found At Skills Development Scotland’s Website Here.


Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017- Open Day (9th March)

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 we have decided to open our office to all young people, parents and teachers that may want to learn a little bit more about what we do, and what we can offer.

We are inviting all young people under the age of 24 to visit our office to discuss the different career paths available in tech through a Modern Apprenticeship.

Whether you are looking to pursue a career in IT, Digital Marketing or Business & Administration we can help to get you on the right track.

Almost every business now relies heavily on technology and online marketing so the skills you develop are invaluable.

Their will be the opportunity to speak to some of our own apprentices about their own experiences of a Modern Apprenticeship.

We will also be collecting details in order to inform potential candidates of all our latest vacancies and fast-track their applications.

So if you are looking for a different path than university and college offers or simply want to continue your development while still earning a wage come and visit us and we can help.

Let us know if you are coming by Clicking “Going” in our event page:

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Event: Thursday 9th March, 1pm-4pm, 15 St Bryde Street, East Kilbride, G74 4HQ

Investors In Young People Gold Accreditation


We are delighted to have achieved the prestigious Investors in Young People Gold Accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates Sixth Sense Training as an employer of choice for young people and testament to their effective practices around Youth Employment.

Having now achieved the gold accreditation, we are now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People gold logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits. 

Commenting on the award, Richard Tasker, Managing Director said, “we are delighted to receive this recognition for both ourselves and the young people we employ, as well as those we place into jobs at other companies. This year has been a very good year for our business, and the growth wouldn’t have been possible without the input of our young workers and the qualities they bring to our team.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice. The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents.”

IIYP, Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people, originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. Offered to all businesses across Scotland, the award recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people.

For more information on Modern Apprenticeships in Digital Marketing or IT please contact Recruitment & Marketing Manager Jamie McBean on jamiem@sixthsense-training.com or visit www.sixthsense-training.com

For more information on Investors in Young People please visit



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Digital Applications apprenticeship now available

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Thanks to the success of recent training programs with Sixth Sense Training, we have recently asked them to deliver ICT Professional Diploma’s for all of our technical experts.

Louise TaskerConcept Northern

Entry Requirements

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Trending on MyMA… write great emails

This article has been lifted from our eLearning website on writing an email campaign- myma.sixthsense-training.com

How do you write a great marketing email?

It all comes down to a few email campaign copywriting best practices that you should apply to both the subject line of your message and the message body itself.

The subject line

  1. Use actionable language. (like “take,” “download,” “reserve,” “ask,” “buy,” etc.), the reader knows exactly what they can do in the email,
  2. Personalise when possible. If you know the contact’s name then add a dynamic name field such as [FIRSTNAME] into your subject line,
  3. Prioritise clarity, and only then think about “catchiness.” You might have a great line that sounds cool but makes no sense. Your subject line should be clear before anything else.
  4. Align your subject line copy and email copy. Make sure that your subject line is actually the subject of your email main body content.

The main body

  1. Establish relevancy. This is different from personalising your email. Just because you know the customer’s name doesn’t mean the email is relevant. Try to think about something that interests them specifically.
  2. Write in the second person. Writing in the second person means using the pronouns “you,” “your,” and “yours.”
  3. Talk about benefits, not features. You know the value of your email. But does your recipient? No, not yet. And it’s your job to explain it.
  4. Be brief. Think about when you open a marketing email in your inbox. Do you read every single word in there? Probably not.
  5. Be lovable. Just because emails are meant to inform doesn’t mean they can’t also delight. In some cases, email can be a great avenue for letting your brand’s personality shine, helping you build a meaningful relationship with the folks on your email list.
  6. Use actionable language in your call-to-action.That’s right: Emails have calls-to-action, too.
Here’s an example of a great email:

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We know that it’s probably not possible to include every single step mentioned above, but if you try to include as many as possible, your email will be sure to have a positive effect on your customers.


This article has been taken from myma.sixthsense-training.com – our eLearning portal for Modern Apprenticeships. To access the rest of this course, and loads more like it, call us now to see if you’re eligible for one of our apprenticeships.

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Vote for Sixth Sense Training

Vote for Sixth Sense Training!

Sixth Sense Training is currently launching a new series of digital skills courses aimed at young people who are getting ready to leave school and considering a career in Information Technology.

We’ve applied for funding for the following digital skills opportunity and need your help to make it happen…

Our project is a series of distance learning classes designed to train youths in the skills of Digital Marketing. The course is designed to make use of the latest in digital learning technology to create a modern learning environment for Glasgow’s young people.

The course will be delivered over four weeks and will consist of virtual classes of 15 students. Along with a virtual classroom, we plan to make use of video lectures and our own custom built eLearning website which is full of interactive content that they can use to learn at their own pace in between lectures and assignments. The course will cover online marketing, how to promote business through social media and newsletters and will teach students how to build a professional and contemporary looking website using a popular web building platform. It will also cover search engine optimisation, keywords, adwords and other forms of paid adverts. This course will equip youths with the skills necessary to move into an IT role with the prospect of gaining a vocational qualification.

We are very excited about the prospect of working with young people so early on to harness natural ability and give them the opportunity to develop into industry professionals. During the program, we will present digital skills career choices as achievable, worthwhile goals to set. It’s our objective to provide each trainee with at least one career option on completion of the program. These career options can range from admin and digital marketing to technical IT apprenticeships.

If you think that young people in the Glasgow area would benefit from digital skills training followed by a genuine job offer, click on this link and vote for Sixth Sense Training.

The Right To Work

Did you know that the number of adults with a learning disability in Scotland is significantly under-reported? This is due to inconsistencies in how learning disabilities are defined by organisations, reluctance to self-disclose, and limited recording of learning disabilities in organisations monitoring systems.

The employment rate for people with a learning disability is estimated to be in the range of 7% to 25%, which is well below the disability rate of 42%. At SixthSense-Training we are working hard to see that figure increase, and along with our partners at Concept Northern, we are fully equipped to support people with disabilities.

The Scottish Government commissioned the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) to produce a report on the scale and effectiveness of employability support for people living in Scotland with learning disabilities. They found that there were a number of societal factors that impacted on learning disability employment.

The report highlighted that parents were the most used and trusted source of information and guidance for young people when determining their future career prospects. However, it was also determined that parents were often guilty of unintentionally limiting the young person’s future. The report emphasised that some parents:

  • Had low expectations of their child’s abilities
  • Feared disappointment if aspirations rise above likely outcomes
  • Are over(ly) protective and did not want their child to face potential risks
  • Were concerned about household income due to reduced benefits if young person moved into employment

The report also found that the education system hampered the young people by offering limited encouragement- Only 17% of students with a learning disability achieved an SCQF level 6 or above. At Sixth Sense Training, we provide full support for our apprentices throughout the completion of their SVQs. This both enables the apprentices to reach this level of qualification, as well as empowering the young person through the sense of freedom and independence gainful employment can offer.

It was determined that most young Scot’s living with a disability choose to go to college after school. It appeared that these young Scot’s often tend to fall into ‘cycling’ between different courses rather than being supported along a pathway into employment. However, with a modern apprenticeship, young people are able to further their education and achieve  nationally recognised qualifications, while being supported by both Sixth Sense Training and their employer. We work closely with Concept Northern with all of our apprentices that face barriers to employment and Access to work is available to provide any additional specialist support required.

Many people with learning disabilities have additional support needs and conditions that directly impact on their ability to enter, sustain and progress into employment. While employment may not be possible for everyone, it should be a very real aspiration for all. In order to support more people with additional needs and help to find them gain employment we must:

  • Challenge the misconceptions held by employers and existing employees
  • Encourage and support employers on how to provide a more accessible and inclusive workplace
  • Encourage employers to invest in the career development and progression of employees with a learn disability
  • Encourage employers to make adaptations in their recruitment and employment practices so that people can access and sustain the jobs on offer

Cultural change won’t happen overnight, but we are making efforts to challenge both employers and employees preconceptions.

So what works for people with a learning disability, and how are Sixth Sense Training incorporating that into our practice?

  1. Sixth Sense Training will be employment focused from the start – we will chat about the implications of moving into work. Work alongside parents and carers and raise expectations and develop a family commitment to moving into real, sustainable employment
  2. We will have in-depth discussions with each client to ascertain skills, qualities, ambitions and support needs, to ensure that they are fully understood
  3. Person Centered job matching. Proactive engagement with employers so that all needs and concerns are taken into account
  4. We maintain a strong relationship with employers and deliver ongoing support and advice. We ensure that reasonable adjustments are made and that the employee is working in a supportive environment.
  5. We have experienced job coaches available to provide job support and aftercare as and when required and aim to gradually phase out the support as required

Sixth Sense Training are passionate about championing people with learning disabilities into employment throughout Scotland. If you are interested in support or would like to find out how your business can be part of the solution by employing someone with learning disabilities please email info@sixthsense-training.com and one of our team will be in contact or alternatively give us a call on 01355 698011 and we will be happy to hear from you.


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Trending on MyMA – Market Segments

This article has been lifted from our Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeships support material on market segments – myma.sixthsense-training.com

Market segmentation is the process of establishing different groups of customers and potential customers with a shared characteristic. For example, customers differ in…

  • What they want from a product or service
  • The amount they are able to or willing to pay for it
  • The quantities they buy
  • The types of media that they use
  • The time and place that they buy

These are just examples, there are actually countless ways of segmenting a market. But, by grouping customers with similar characteristics together, you can market to them more appropriately.

So, it makes sense to identify these characteristics. Once this information is clear, you can develop an effective marketing strategy which reaches people with product information that they actually want and is relevant to their needs.

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