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Student Success – Grayson Thermal Systems
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Grayson Thermal Systems LogoGrayson Thermal Systems is the leading supplier of cooling, heating & air conditioning products with a strong reputation for quality, innovation and for working in partnership with customers to develop and supply solutions to specific business issues.


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Marc Grayland, Michael Donovan, Peter Moore, Ian White, Shawn Baillie, Ryan Hasson (Left To Right)

Seven of their managers recently completed a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management with BDM.

We would like to congratulate: Shawn Baillie, Lisa Newman-Boaler, Michael Donovan, Marc Grayland, Ryan Hasson, Peter Moore and Coleen Williams upon completing the apprenticeship, comprising: ILM level 3 NVQ in Management, ILM level 3 VRQ in Leadership & Management and three City & Guilds Functional Skills qualifications.

Huge congratulations to all seven learners upon completing the Level 3 Apprenticeship.

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Student Success – Active Luton
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Active Luton LogoActive Luton is a 'not for profit' sports and leisure trust responsible for delivering sport on behalf of Luton Borough Council with a key role helping to improve health and well-being of residents within the local community.
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Ian White, Carol Trower, Michelle Dorsett, Daniel Palframan, Stuart Trower, Keith Fielding (Left to right)

Three managers at Active Luton recently completed their Level 5 Management Higher Apprenticeship with BDM, we would like to congratulate Michelle Dorsett, Daniel Palframan and David Wright who recently received their certificates from Ian White and their assessor Keith Fielding.

All three learners worked hard throughout the course, alongside Ian Cushion, Anthony Gale, David Romans, Oliver Engel and Michael Reddy who also successfully completed the Level 5 Apprenticeship as part of the same group. As part of the Apprenticeship they each achieved five qualifications: ILM Level 5 Diploma in Management, ILM Level 5 NVQ in Management and three Functional Skills qualifications.

Huge congratulations to all eight learners on successfully completing the Level 5 Apprenticeship!


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Student Success – Millennium Cargo
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Millennium Cargo is a leading international freight management company based in the West Midlands, offering a wide range of import/export services from sea freight consolidation to full load containers.
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Ian White, Ali Askar, Chadd Blunt,Luke Hackett (Left to Right)

Two managers at Millennium Cargo, Luke Hackett and Ali Askar, recently completed their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships in Leadership and Management with BDM. Luke and Ali both successfully completed five qualifications as part of their Apprenticeship, and received their certificates during a presentation with Ian White at Millennium Cargo Headquarters.

Reflecting on the course they commented "The course was excellent and not only did it provide us with a range of tools and models to assist us in day to day staff management, planning, setting objectives and decision making but it also taught us to think a little differently about our roles and how we can get the best out of other people as well as ourselves"

Congratulations to both Luke and Ali on your success.

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Student Success: Mereway Kitchens
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Mereway Kitchens, Part of The Mereway group, are leading manufacturers of high quality kitchen furniture, supplying to an extensive network of independent retail outlets nationwide since 1986.

Mereway have had a number of employees study ILM Leadership and Management courses with BDM and recently three successful learners received their certificates from BDM director, Ian White at a presentation the Mereway headquarters in Birmingham.

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Ian White, Richard Norris, Paul Torrence, Richard Weston, Kenny Bagley and Bob Norris (Left to right)

Kenny Bagley and Paul Torrence completed the ILM Level 3 Higher Management Apprenticeships with Richard Weston completing the Level 5, and stating that "It (the qualification) has improved many aspects of my personal performance in my role. Such as time management."

Also present at the presentation were Mereway co-managing directors Bob and Richard Noris who congratulated the learners on their achievements whilst emphasising the organisation's commitment to the continued training of managers.

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Welcoming ‘Mr Jewellery Quarter’ to BDM
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Welcome - Andy Munro

Andy receiving his farewell gifts in recognition of his contribution to the Jewellery Quarter.

Although he has been with us for a few weeks now, BDM would like to extend a formal welcome to Andy Munro - dubbed by many as 'Mr Jewellery Quarter'.

Andy will be working in a business development role for BDM looking at apprenticeships and tendering amongst other things. Andy has a vast amount of experience, in the development of a number of projects over many years in the area, which he will now be able to bring to his new role with BDM.

When writing about Andy Munro it is difficult to find schemes and events that he has not been involved with rather than those he has!

A fantastic recent article in Quarter magazine, The Hockley Flyer gives a brief history of all that Andy had done for the area over the past 15 years along with detailing the fond farewll he received. Read the full article on The Hockley Flyer Online

Congratulations on all your achievements in the area and good luck in your new role with us at BDM.

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Eriks Certificate Presentation
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The ERIKS group is comprised of 50 companies offering logistics, engineering and manufacturing with branches in 13 countries across the globe.

BDM has had a strong relationship with ERIKS for many years, and has provided training to over 70 of their managers in this time, mostly at level 3 and 5 in Management. Over the years, BDM has helped ERIKS to improve the overall quality of their management team and move the business forward through structured training.

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The managers receive their certificates from BDM Director Ian White

BDM continue to have a successful relationship with Eriks and in April 2013 a presentation saw 8 managers from Eriks received their certificates for successful completion of the ILM Level 5 Management Diploma. The course took a total of 12 months to complete and included both NVQ and VRQ qualifications. BDM Director, Ian White, revealed that due to the high standards of work completed, with much of it being implemented directly into the business, many of the students have been put forward for further ILM recognition.

The group agreed that although the qualifications were challenging they were ultimately rewarding and have had an inestimable impact on the business, with many of the group indicating their keenness in moving on to the degree.

BDM would like to congratulate all of the group for their hard work in achieving their qualifications.

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Employ a Trained Sales Apprentice From Just £1.92 Per Hour
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National Apprentiiceship Week

As it is National Apprenticeship Week BDM is Introducing our latest Sales & Marketing Apprenticeship.
What Is It?

The Sales Programme is designed to introduce young people to successful careers as sales professionals. Fully funded training delivered by BDM will introduce candidates to the basic knowledge underpinning the Sales industry including:

Understanding Sales techniques and processes

Understanding Sales targets

Understanding Business awareness in Sales

This knowledge based learning is combined with practical experience in a sales environment within a relevant business. This means that businesses can filter the very best candidates for their Sales needs before they commit to a full 12 month apprenticeship. This not only takes the risk out of Sales Apprenticeships but means that the knowledge and experience gained by the candidates can be as relevant as possible to your specific business needs.

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the sector in which they are employed but could include selling face-to-face or by telephone, processing sales orders, supporting customers in obtaining finance for purchases, generating and qualifying sales leads and negotiating and closing sales.

If your business could use a cost-effective, pre-trained sales employee then enquire and become part of the BDM Apprenticeship Programme.

For More Details on the Apprenticeship Programme and to Enquire Today Click Here
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Welcome to the New BDM Site
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Many of our management courses and tutors preach the mantra of continuous improvement. So at BDM, we have taken this on board as 2013 will see the introduction of a snazzy, newly designed BDM website - which, as you can see, is now live.

We have found that the old site, whilst being functional and providing all the information needed, is rather prosaic and can sometimes be difficult for visitors to navigate through as the site was not initially built with the vast array of different courses we now have. It is hoped that the redesign will enable visitors to find exactly what they are looking for with each area of study given its own area within the site. The redesign will also enable us to provide much more engaging content on the site with increased use of videos, images and interactive materials to enrich the users experience and aide providing a more sensory means of communicating the contents of each of our courses.

Please bear with us over the next few days as we work out the initial kinks and be sure to get in touch by emailing us at [email protected] if you notice any errors or experience any problems with the site.

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Flexible ILM Programmes
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Flexible ILM Programmes

BDM is transforming the way we provide our ILM qualifications with the introduction of our new Flexible ILM programmes, launching in January. Over the past few months we have listened to our clients, and feel that the programme will help students and organisations meet their training needs more effectively.

The new programme is currently available for ILM Level 3 and Level 5 Qualifications in Management. The flexible programme enables delegates to simply transition between Award, Certificate and Diploma.

The new programme means a different unit will be running every month at both Level 3 and Level 5(See Course Schedule) enabling anybody to start either an Award (2 Units), Certificate (3 – 4 Units) , Diploma (7 – 9 Units) or even any individual unit each month.

This Flexible programme takes the risk out of completing one of the courses, by all means if you would like to book straight on to a diploma and benefit from our generous prices the you can, however if you are unsure and do not want to commit to the length and cost of the diploma then simply take an individual unit or Award (just two days) and pick up additional units when you like.

For more information on the new Flexible Programme visit

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