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Today is International Tourism Day, a worldwide observance celebrating tourism in all its forms and promoting people moving from place to place and experiencing new people, languages and cultures

Given it’s the end of September, it’s prime holiday season! The TQUK office has seemed a little spare, with everyone booking their holidays to destinations near and far. So today we’d like to highlight the favourite places held close to the hearts of your favourite characters at TQUK.

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pexels-photo-544296.jpegIn order to streamline products and services, Training Qualifications UK will be withdrawing a number of qualifications from operation.

The end operational date has been set as 31/10/2017 with the final certification date 31/01/2018 for the qualifications listed below. If you have any questions or queries regarding this, please give us a call on 03333 583 344 or alternatively drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

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The other day, the boffins at TQUK noticed a story on the FE Week website that tickled our cockles. The story detailed the plans by the Department of Justice to invite future participation in a tendering process to appoint single awarding organisations for seven areas of study. Education in prison is usually a fraught topic, too often marred by a polarising discussion, where on the one hand is advocacy  for punitive approach to incarceration (where education is seen as a privilege) and on the other the argument that education is a key tool in reformation and rehabilitation. It is between the two poles of this argument that money swishes about.

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September 5th is the International Day of Charity, a day commemorated by the UN to acknowledge and recognise great works of charity and selflessness all around the world. Charity, volunteerism and philanthropy provide community and inclusive and resilient societies. Charity also plays a decisive role in alleviating poverty and the worst effects of humanitarian disasters. Ultimately, charity is based around the belief that all human life is sacred and deserves respect and dignity.

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On 25 August, TQUK learned that two of the new apprenticeship standards, the Hospitality Team Member (HTM) standard and the Hospitality Supervisor (HS) standard, are currently under review by the government and the Trailblazer group that created them. The standards are currently under review and the government is seeking feedback from the industry in order to make its changes as appropriate as possible.

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