About CAN Training

CAN training offers a range of training, development and consultancy services to anyone or any organisation that works with children and young people. 

We deliver Diploma qualifications across the UK, teaming face to face assessor visits with our flexible distance learning approach to achieve the most effective outcomes. 

Our extensive list of onsite training courses are also delivered face to face at your chosen venue and a full program of E-learning training courses are available online to fulfil for all your training needs.

Whether you need just one qualification or your full annual training calendar organising we can help! Call us today on  0800 1777 733
From off-the-shelf courses to bespoke, made-to-measure training days. From single qualifications to managing the training needs of large organisations. From simple advice to complex project management and problem solving. From Early Years Child Care to Working with Young People and Learner Loans - we cover it all!

CAN training has dedicated team of the highest quality assessors, trainers and consultants, who can use their many years of hands-on experience and their wide range of skills and knowledge to support our clients and help them develop great workers, great teams and great organisations.

  • We understand that you want the highest quality services at cost effective prices - we can deliver this for you
  • We know you want training and development that fits your organisation. We will be there when and where you want with a service that you can depend on
  • We know you want training and development to be effective and memorable. We will make it experiential, innovative and fun
  • Most of all, you want positive outcomes for the children and young people you work with. With our extensive experience of safeguarding and working with challenging and vulnerable young people, we will ensure that our services help you get amazing results
What Our Clients Say
“We have used CAN Training for many years now and choose to continue doing so as they have continued to grow and adjust to suit our needs. Getting to know us and our service is really important to help the relationship work and our learners be successful.”
Lisa Chilton (Deputy to the Registered Manager RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning)
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By K BARRACLOUGH 13 Oct, 2017

Scarcely half of eligible employers have signed up to use the government’s apprenticeships system, new statistics published today suggest.

Just 10,500 apprenticeship service accounts were registered on the system by the end of August – well short of the estimated 19,150 levy-paying companies that are eligible to use the service.

The apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton admitted earlier this week that she was “flabbergasted” to learn that many large companies were unaware of the levy, even though they were paying it as reported in FE Weekly.

By K BARRACLOUGH 06 Oct, 2017

The first cohort of Staffordshire County Council workforce are now on their way to Level 5 and Level 7 Management qualifications with Can Training Limited this week after an investment in them by their employer. Can Training is looking forward to developing their relationship with Staffordshire and supporting their staff development.

By K BARRACLOUGH 18 Sep, 2017
Following a 3 day assessment, CAN Training are delighted to announce their re-accreditation of the matrix quality standard. 

The matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

The standard provides a constructive tool to help identify strengths and areas for development by looking at the four elements that fit around your organisation’s business themes. These four elements are:

Element 1 - Leadership and Management

Element 2 - Resource

Element 3 - Service Delivery

Element 4 - Continuous Quality Improvement

The accreditation involved the input of staff, learners and employers and is a necessity to support much of our contract work with external agencies such as the ESFA.

By K BARRACLOUGH 05 Jul, 2017
CAN Training pulled out the paddles once again to become part of  team PLF for the 5th year running.  They were 1 of 22 teams in the Dragon Boat Racing event held on 1st July 2017 at Lake Padarn near Llanberis, Wales. 

The Dragon Boat event is held annually in aid of a fantastic charity, St David's Hospice, who rely solely on donations to provide adult patients with palliative care across North West Wales. St David's Hospice offer amazing care not only to their patients but also for families and for as long as is needed afterwards.

Team 'PLF '  had a full crew of 16 paddlers (complete with fancy dress!)  plus the all important drummer! The weather held out for the family friendly event where the kids joined in the fun and took a dip in the lake - alongside a capsized crew in another boat - whoops!!

The fundraising target has been set for £1000 and we are well on the way to reaching our goal. Donations can be made by following the link and are very much appreciated  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kim-sellars3  

Let the training commence for next year......!!!!
By K BARRACLOUGH 21 Jun, 2017

CAN Training are delighted to announce the appointment of three Team Leaders to lead teams of assessors in the North, South and Midlands.

We are pleased to welcome Kirstie Battams who is joining us in July from another training provider. Kirstie is skilled in Early Years and the Child Care Workforce and being based in Cheshire she will lead our North Team. 

Kate Taylor is our Midlands Team Leader having her family home in Staffordshire. Kate has worked for us for some time as an Assessor and IQA with the children's residential and school based qualifications. 

Debbie Taylor will lead the assessor team in the South,her base being Cornwall. She has worked for us for over a year as an assessor and IQA and her work covers children's residential and management qualifications. 

These are exciting developments for CAN and fantastic opportunities for our employees. The engagement of these roles evidence our current growth and our anticipated growth with our current and future customers.

By K BARRACLOUGH 09 Mar, 2017
The Government has taken the decision to reinstate Functional Skills as an alternative qualification for the Level 3 Early Years Educator. The decision came after the GCSE only policy has caused a growing recruitment crisis within the sector since it was introduced in 2014.

 The new Level 3 qualification requirements will come into force from 3rd April 2017 at the same time as the new Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

The new policy means that nursery staff qualifying at Level 3 EYE will be allowed to count in staff:child ratios with any suitable Level 2 English and Maths qualification, including Functional Skills as well as GCSE's.
By K BARRACLOUGH 11 Jan, 2017

This is a recognised qualification for those wishing to become teachers or trainers in adult education and replaces the older CTLLS (Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) Teaching course. The course is generic in that holders of the qualification can teach or train any subject in which they are deemed to be occupationally competent.
It is recommended that all practising assessors and anyone who delivers in-house or external training to workers gains this qualification. Learners can go on to achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training and apply for QTLS through the Institute for Learning.

This qualification is delivered via an e-portfolio supported by a number of theory based taught sessions undertaken at our training centre in Crewe, Cheshire. Learners are also required to deliver a minimum of 30 hours of teaching practice/experience during the qualification to meet the unit requirements.
Start date: June 2017

Workshop Dates:

Wednesday June 14th 2017
Thursday September 21st 2017
3rd Workshop Date TBC

Course fee: £1417

Advanced Learner Loan funding is available to cover the cost of this qualification. To find out more information on Advanced Learner Loans please see here .

Enrolment is now open for this course due to run in June 2017 at our Crewe training venue. Please call 0800 1777 733 to register your interest.

Do you have a group of learners needing this qualification?
Discounts available for groups of 5 or more learners. Please contact us for more information.

By K BARRACLOUGH 12 Dec, 2016

Do you have a qualification?
Would you like to use it and earn extra cash?
Do you have an Assessor qualification? If not would you like to gain one?
Do you have a bit of spare time that won't impact on your usual working week?
Do you like seeing people gain in skills and confidence?
Do you enjoy helping people to gain knowledge?
We are interested in talking to people who have current or recent residential child care experience. If you have additional skills or an interest in Maths, English and IT that could be also be an advantage although not essential. We have work in all areas of the country available from 2-20 hours per week or more.
Come along to our Recruitment Day at our Crewe Headquarterson Thursday January 26th 2017at 11amor 1.30pmfor a chat, coffee and cake with our friendly team. We will tell you what the role involves, the resources we use and the terms and conditions to working with us.

It's a great chance to share what you know and have learned with others.

Please RSVP to kathryn@can-training.co.uk by Monday 23rd January 2017

By K BARRACLOUGH 17 Oct, 2016

An update on current funding and routes to qualifications available followed by a summary of some of the many Government changes to training and education that will be in place next spring.


Route 1. Commercial -  The qualification is achieved as a stand -alone Diploma and charged to the individual or employer.

Model - three visits plus e portfolio. Timeframe : 12 months


Route 2. Funded Level 3 - for eligible learners, funding is available short term which will deliver the Diploma and Functional Skills in Maths, English and IT unless already exempt by GCSE  A-C. Medium term, funding will reduce and employers will be expected to contribute.

Model - face to face visit every 12 weeks maximum and e portfolio + Functional Skills platform including some workshops in Crewe. Funding is only available to employers who support learners to come to Crewe HQ. Timeframe: 18 months
Route 3. 19+ Advanced Learner Loans -  available for a range of qualifications at a low interest rate which is not paid back until the learner has achieved and is earning £21,000+.
Model - face to face visits every 12 weeks maximum plus e portfolio. Timeframe : 12 months
Route 4. Higher Level Apprenticeships - For level 4-7 qualifications. Our current offer is the Operational Manager Standard developed by Trailblazers. An employer contribution is required - CO PAYMENT -at £2,000 per learner. Incentives are paid on completion. £900 per employer and an additional £900 for small businesses- less than 50 employees paid 90 days after the start date.
Model - a Leadership and Management Diploma Level 5 specific to sector plus Functional Skills as required. Three classroom based workshops, additional resources. Each learner also sits an end point assessment.   Timeframe : 18-24 months

The table below outlines the current qualifications available and the associated routes by which they can be undertaken:


Target groups


L5 Residential Child Care

Residential children's managers and deputies

1, 3, 4

L5 Leadership and Management

Generic management roles

1, 3, 4

L5 Leadership and Management in Health and Social care

Managers in adult care services

1, 3, 4

L4 Advice and Guidance

Generic advice and guidance roles

1, 3

L3 Youth Work Practice

Youth workers, mentors, community workers

1, 3

L4 Education and Training Certificate

Anyone interested or working in training delivery

1, 3

L3 Residential Child Care

All residential child care staff

1, 2, 3



Anyone interested in assessing and developing staff

1, 3


Anyone interested in the Internal Quality Assurance of the assessment process

1, 3

Social Media for Business

Workers involved in promoting business via social media platforms

1, 3

Business Administration

Generic qualification for administrators

1, 2, 3

L3 Management

Generic qualification for middle managers/ aspiring managers

1, 2, 3


Government developments: a brief summary

May 17- all employers who have a salary bill of £3,000,000 per year will pay a Levy. This payment will be topped up and accessed via Digital Account to pay for their staff qualifications.

Employers can select training providers to deliver for them as before but they must be on the Register of Training Organisations/ Register of Apprenticeships Training Providers.

All apprentice training providers, including employers, who deliver all or part of a qualification will have to be on the Register for Apprentice Training Providers- currently delayed and no date for start.


Can Training has grown substantially over the recent year in particular. Our core staff group have been complimented by additional expertise recruited to various roles to support this growth.

We strive to be the best. We have the occupational knowledge and experience that you need. We want to continue working with our existing employers and also attract new ones.

We are happy to support, guide, advise, simplify and promote the benefits of change to ensure that you achieve both your business and individual development plans.


We offer face to face meetings to discuss your needs via appointments at your premises. Please contact our training advisors at   sales@can-training.co.uk or call 0800 177 7733

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