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Business In Vietnam
Flag_of_Vietnam.svgBDM are spreading their wings next month with a trip to Vietnam to meet prospective partners interested in delivering accredited Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) training to Vietnamese businesses and organisations. With a fast growing economy and the ASEAN initiative (a sort of South Asian EU!) , there is an increasing need for Vietnam business to operate at an internationally recognised level. Many businesses operate in a very hierarchical manner and with the Vietnamese government still of a communist persuasion, changing mind sets to operating with a more individualistic and entrepreneurial approach is a real but exciting challenge.
Vietnam is new territory for BDM so the first thing we did was to join the excellent UKTI's 'Passport to Export' scheme. A helpful and unbureaucratic organisation, UKTI's advice has been invaluable. In tandem, we've been searching websites and guidebooks to get some pointers ahead of our one week visit. Researching the business market, researching the competition, booking the most convenient flight, arranging accommodation, getting important cultural tips, establishing issues on tax and ownership are just some of the things we've had to tackle and where UKTI's one to one advice and their free seminars have been a real help.
At the same time, we've been looking at draft confidentiality agreements and contracts whilst ensuring we don't neglect the (UK) day job! We'll be reporting from Vietnam to let you know how we get on with our mission and maybe giving a few tips, at the same time .
Worcestershire Source
BDM are delighted to announce that they have won a major European funded training contract in partnership with Protocol,a training provider operating West Midlands wide, and Stoke College.
Commissioned by Worcestershire LEP, the training is aimed at up skilling the 19 plus age group employed by Worcestershire business.The training is completely free and spans a wide ranging offer from Coaching and Mentoring to Customer Care.

Fully funded accredited training courses available for companies based in Worcestershire employing fewer than 250 people.

Choose from a wide range of courses to suit the needs of your business, create a tailored package of courses for your staff.

Would your company benefit from funded training in any of these areas?

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Customer Service
  • Functional Skills – Maths and English
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • ICT and ECDL
  • Leadership and Management
  • Project Management
  • Sales
  • Social Media
  • Teaching and Assessing
  • Travel and Tourism

 If you're a Worcestershire business, with training needs, who want to take advantage of this offer, contact us on 0121 638 0463 or email [email protected] without delay.

Funding is limited on a first come first serve basis. Eligibility criteria applies.


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Student Success – BHJ Ingredients
BHJ Food Ingredients LogoBHJ Ingredients is a leading international supplier of meat ingredients and meat raw materials for the food, pet food, feed and pharmaceutical industries, employing more than 900 people.
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Leighanne Jones, Becky White, Daniel Lewis (Left to Right)

Recently two of their employees, Leighanne Jones and Daniel Lewis, completed the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Team Leading with BDM.

Both Leighanne and Daniel successfully completed five qualifications as part of their Apprenticeship: ILM level 2 NVQ in Team Leading, ILM level 2 VRQ in Team Leading and three City & Guilds Functional Skills qualifications.

Congratulations to both Leighanne and Daniel on your outstanding achievement.

Student Success – Grayson Thermal Systems
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.

Student Success – Active Luton
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!


Student Success – Millennium Cargo


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.

Student Success: Mereway Kitchens

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.

Welcoming ‘Mr Jewellery Quarter’ to BDM
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.

Eriks Certificate Presentation


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.

Employ a Trained Sales Apprentice From Just £1.92 Per Hour
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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