We have recently changed our approval process on the Quality Training Portal so that all training must show either a price or POA (price on application).
This is in response to feedback from users of the site who felt that no price at all implies a free programme.
As part of our regular housekeeping on the site, we will be asking all providers who have £0.00 as a price to either insert a price or amend to POA by Wednesday 21 September.
After that date, any training showing £0.00 will be made inactive.
If you have any questions about this process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brendan Chaplin, CEO and Founder of Strength & Conditioning Education, has recently received approval from SkillsActive for his Level 4 Award in Strength and Conditioning:
“S&C Education has been developing coaches capable of working within elite sports since 2010 through our Mentorship programme, conferences, coaching workshops and more.
Most recently we have become the very first Endorsed Provider of the Level 4 Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Award through SkillsActive. This is a part of the industry that will continue to expand rapidly over the coming years, and we are extremely proud and excited that the wealth of experience and expertise of our team will be leading the way to develop the S&C leaders of the future.
Since obtaining our endorsement, we have received hundreds of enquiries, including many through the SkillsActive Quality Training Portal, which is an excellent indication that the industry is craving this qualification.
The endorsement process was extremely thorough which will ensure that the highest quality is maintained, meaning that successful graduates will be perfectly placed to become confident and competent S&C Coaches – capable of excelling in any environment.
The support we received from SkillsActive throughout the application process, and since the approval, has been commendable. We are absolutely delighted to be working with them to provide such a well devised qualification that will certainly raise the quality of the fitness industry within the UK and beyond.”
If you would like to apply for endorsement for this award, visit the SkillsActive website to view the evidence checklist or call the Professional Development team on 020 343 3484 to find out more.
For more about S&C, visit their website.
We noticed some interesting variations of code added to the ‘back end’ of some QTP accounts, in the hope that they will magically transform into Twitter feeds on the live pages. Unfortunately lots of them aren’t!
What you are looking for is your Twitter widget number – this is a row of numbers something like 123541256321.
Anything else won’t work, or you will just get a link – which does work but doesn’t look as good as seeing the proper feed on your page.
So if your Twitter feed isn’t showing properly, give it another go using our guidelines.
Don’t forget you can also upload a YouTube video!
Adding YouTube videos
Did you know you can add YouTube videos to your QTP pages? Make your training come to life using our simple instructions to embed your training or promotional videos.
Viewing the front and back ends of the QTP at the same time
Sometimes when working in the ‘back end’ of the QTP to upload some new information for approval, it’s useful to be able to see the ‘front end’ to view what is already appearing on the portal. If you’ve ever been in that situation you will have realised that this isn’t as simple as it sounds, and you in fact have have to log out to do this.
There is a way round it though – you just need to open the QTP in a different browser. So for instance, if you log into the QTP via Google, open the public view of the QTP in Internet Explorer. Then you will be able to view your public pages without having to log out.
One of the key elements of endorsement is the protection of the learner. By taking on the quality assurance of training in our sectors, SkillsActive also takes on the responsibility for the learner’s satisfaction with the training they have undertaken. Because of this we require that any training that we endorse is the intellectual property of the Endorsed Provider and not a third party.
If you haven’t created your training yourself, you must provide a signed and dated statement transferring the intellectual property to you either when you submit for endorsement or upload new training to the Quality Training Portal under a Multiple Endorsement.
For full details of our intellectual property requirements, including third parties delivering your endorsed training, see our Complete Guide for Endorsement.
Did you know that you can link your Twitter to the QTP so that your tweets are displayed on your course information pages? Regular tweeting also optimises your chances of being more visible in a search engine enquiry for your training (ie Google).
To link your Twitter page to your QTP page, you need to go into your Twitter account to find your ‘data widget ID – this can be a little complicated but we have attached a guide that will take you through that process quickly and easily. Download our guide here.
You can also utilise @SkillsActiveQTP and register Twitter page (see your register’s website for the link) by following us, and we can retweet information about your training.
You can also post details of upcoming training on your register’s Facebook page – again, you will find the link by going to the relevant register website. Find your SkillsActive professional register here
Embed your Twitter widget onto your Quality Training Portal training pages! If you use Twitter, then you can add your live feed to the training pages of the QTP. This will help increase SEO (search engine optimisation) and potentially drive traffic to your training pages. It could also help to increase followers and social media activity for your business.
To embed your widget, all you need to know is your Twitter ‘handle’ (e.g. @…..) and your Data Widget ID (this is an account-specific number).
In case you are unsure how to embed your Twitter widget we written a quick handy guide:
- Access your Twitter account. Once logged in, access your settings by clicking the “cog” in the top right corner and select Settings
- In the left hand navigation bar, select Widgets
- If you have no existing widgets, select Create New. If you do, select Edit
- Configure your widget as required and select Create Widget
- From the HTML box, locate and copy the numeric which is inside speech marks and in the text follows immediately after data-widget-id=
- Log in to QTP on Detail page
- At the bottom of the page, under Twitter Details, enter Twitter Username (or Handle) and paste the previously copied number into data-widget-id
- Click Submit
- Your changes will be sent to the Administration Manager for approval. Once approved, your Twitter Widget will be visible underneath your company information on the front of the site