Apasen Training in Social Care (ATSC)

Apasen Training in Social Care (ATSC):

The Apasen Training in Social Care (ATSC) is the consultancy and training arm of Apasen (a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity in England & Wales).

The Apasen Training in Social Care (ATSC) specialises in vocational training for the health and social care services.

It has a distinctive training ethos which is designed to deliver the kind of training its clients and learners want and which in turn will strengthen relevant skills sets, social care sector employment opportunities and generally enhance confidence, motivation and the professional standard thresholds of learners.

All programmes offered are quality assured by the Institute’s own internal and highly developed quality assurance procedures and by virtue of the APASEN training centre being an accredited centre of several relevant awarding bodies.


The Institute aspires to become a global leader in the provision of training in the areas of neuro developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, mental health, dementia and end of life care etc.

Programme Portfolio:

Training Delivery Experience:

APASEN in-house team has delivering training since November 2006 in all aspects of Health and Social Care. To ensured its quality a wide range of training courses was available to and taken up by its staff from November 2006 to March 2015 a total of 3804 training places were taken up, by our care staff on topics such as skills for care – Common Induction, APASEN Induction Training, Health & Safety, Moving and Assisting People, Infection Control, Food Safety, First Aid, Medication Administration, Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Children, Autism, Dignity, Time Management, Communication Skills etc.

Subject Profile:

We offer a comprehensive range of training programmes in a number of areas including the following :-


  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA)
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Children (SOVC)
  • Mental Capacity Act

Social Care

  • Skills for Care – “Care Certificates”
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Medication
  • Dignity in Care
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Dementia

Health & Safety

  • Health and Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid
  • Risk Management
  • Food Handling
  • Infection Control


    • General Management
    • HR Management
    • Financial Management
    • Project Management
    • Time Management
    • Leadership
    • Soft Skills Management
    • Change Management

Teaching & Training Qualification

  • Award in Education and Training


In addition to courses in Social Care, Management and Skills we also offer programmes in other disciplines and fields including :-

  • Employment Law (including Contracts of Employment)
  • Data Protection

Types of Courses:

We offer a range of types of vocational training designed to meet the needs and budgets of most learners and organisations.

Types of courses that we regularly offer include :-

  • Half day programme usually spanning an afternoon or late afternoon/early evening.
  • Full day course
  • Two Hour ‘Bite Size’ Programmes

Professional Accreditation:

A number of the programmes offered carry professional or awarding body accreditation or recognition. So, for example, APASEN is an approved centre to provide both regulated and national qualifications in respect of a range of first aid and related courses offered under the auspices of the Association of First Aid Qualifications (AoFA) and include QCF programmes in respect of :-

  • First Aid at Work (Level 3 Award)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 2 Award)
  • Paediatric First Aid (Level 3 Award)
  • Emergency Paediatric First Aid (Level 3 Award)
  • Principles & Practices of Manual Handling (Level 2 Award)
  • Undertaking & Enabling the Assisting & Moving of Individuals (Level 2 Award)
  • Food Safety (Level 2 Award)
  • Food Allergy (Level 3 Award)
  • Award in Education and Training (Level 3 Award)

In House Provision:

An important feature of our vocational training offering is that we are willing to provide courses (usually tailor made) for relevant organisations in house. As such a clear emphasis is placed upon meeting specific cultural needs of external organisations.

From the external organisation’s perspective the two key advantages of ‘in house’ training are that they can shape the content of the course and usually invite as many staff as they want to the event.

Ten Hallmarks of APASEN Vocational Training:

APASEN Institute of Vocational Training has ten key attributes which makes for a distinctive and rewarding vocational training experience. They are as follows :-

  • Competent engaging speakers
  • Courses that are relevant to the audience
  • Course publicity matches what happens on the day
  • Competitive fees
  • Good course location
  • Good set of notes
  • Interactive/participatory style
  • Networking opportunities
  • Good course administration and communication
  • Informative and easy to navigate website

Competent Engaging speakers

We recognise that getting the right speakers is of crucial importance to the success of a training event. Not only must they be competent and experienced as to the relevant subject matter they must be engaging, hold an audience’s attention and be excellent communicators.

Competence can be measured in a number of ways but what is crucial is that not only are the Tutors recognised as experts/specialists in their field they must also have practical and relevant up to date experience i.e. they must know what is going on in the sector/discipline at present.

In our view, experience includes critically successful delivery of practical vocational training programmes as the dynamic of a vocational training course is altogether different from a University or College lecture or seminar.

Training and Quality Manager profile

Zakir Hossain Parvaj

Zakir Hossain Parvaj, Training and Quality Manager for APASEN and APASEN International, is a member of APASEN Institute of Vocational Training (AIVT) Vocational & Professional Training Board. He is a highly experienced, well respected health and social care trainer and lecturer with a wide range of experience in the UK and internationally.

He has more than 17 years’ experience working as a freelance lecturer and trainer in higher education in various colleges and universities in the UK, Bangladesh, and India. He started his professional and teaching career in 1998 after completing an MBA. He is APASEN’s most senior trainer and has been with the organisation for nine years. Recently he has been instrumental in building APASEN International and designing their training programmes for their Bangladesh partners.

With his depth of experience particularly in developing training programmes on safeguarding vulnerable adults and children, he provides valuable direction to the Institute’s training programmes and strategic development.

He is also Safeguarding Champion for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and has been working with them since 2008, delivering training on Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA), Safeguarding of Vulnerable Children (SOVC) and the Mental Capacity Act.

He has significant experience of establishing Higher Education (HE) institutions, of HE quality assurance and regulatory matters and of legal practice management also dealing with UK Board Agency and all leading Awarding Organisation in UK.

He is also a qualified inspector and assessor for the UK Immigration HHSRS (Housing Health Safety Rating System) and undertaking risk assessments for Business and Residents.

He is a firm believer of lifelong learning which reflects his own continued professional development and at present is studying for Level 5 Diploma for Leadership for Health and Social Care.

He is member of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), United Kingdom Resuscitation Council (UKRC), Association of First Aiders (AoFA) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Association, The Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB), Lifelong Learning Sectors.

Relevant Courses

All APASEN Vocational Training Courses are clearly and accurately advertised and the programme delivered matches what was advertised.

We are building a reputation for offering programmes that live up to the billing (’what it says on the tin is what you get’) as this is what we believe clients and learners both want and expect.

Course True to Publicity

This is substantially an extension of the last hallmark. Crucially the programmes that we deliver will match the course synopsis. Further, the course will (subject to emergencies) last for the advertised time and take place at the published venue with the publicised speaker.

Competitive Fees

All our courses are priced competitively to maximise participation. Further we offer a number of discount arrangements for 4 or more delegates or 4 or more courses.

Good Location

Most of the training activities are delivered from the organisation’s Mile End premises which are suitably equipped for the same and easily accessible by road, bus, Tube and rail.

The premises comprise a dedicated training room replete with projector and necessary training aids including skeletons, hoist, and dummy to practice CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) etc.

External course venues are chosen to ensure that they are easily accessible by both car and train and have good parking facilities proximate to the venue. Further the room in which the course is delivered will be spacious, clean and comfortable, quiet (no road works outside!) and have all the expected training aids – projector and screen for power points, white board etc.

Good Set of Notes

We recognise that the course notes are the delegate’s record of the course and that they should be of a sufficiently high standard that for quite some time after the event he/she will use them as an authoritative reference point.

All course delegates will in addition receive a set of the power points delivered at the programme.

Both power point and notes will be in the Institute’s house style and attributed to the Course Tutor.

Interactive/Participatory Style

We believe that vocational training courses should nurture an interactive/participatory style so that delegates learn from each other as well as from the Course Tutor. This is one of the key dynamics of a good vocational training event.

The course programme will usually be so structured as to include sub group sessions (say to consider a case study etc.), question and answer sessions and a concluding plenary session.

Networking Opportunities

An important by product of vocational training sessions is to facilitate networking opportunities for delegates both at a personal and professional level.

Clearly the longer the course the better the opportunities for networking and all courses lasting for two days or more will include a major and specified networking event like a pre-dinner reception, ‘high profile’ after dinner speaker etc.

Course Administration & Communication

We recognise that underpinning a successful course must be very good course administration and communication.

Bookings will be answered promptly and in a friendly and helpful way. Directions and course information will be clear, concise and accurate. In the event of any last minute and unexpected changes they will as far as possible be communicated promptly and effectively.

Our staff will be on site well in advance of the course starting and self-evidently there will be adequate and accurate sets of course power points and notes available.

At the end of each course there will be an opportunity for delegates to provide feedback through an evaluation form with the results being promptly analysed and fed back to the Course Tutor in particular.

Good Website

The aims of our website include setting out our ethos/approach to vocational training, detailing the main areas that courses are provided in, highlighting some Course Tutor profiles and brief testimonials from recent course participants.

It also contains details of upcoming courses, explain how a booking can be made and contain details of discount arrangements etc.

APASEN Vocational & Professional Training Board

The Vocational & Professional Training Board is the senior supervisory committee of the Institute and has responsibility for all matters related to quality assurance and academic and professional standards of all Institute programmes.

This responsibility includes consideration of relevant QAA/ISI Codes of Practice and in relation to higher education provision to the QAA Code of Practice for the Assurance of Academic Quality and Standards in Higher Education (Code of Practice), of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), of the appropriate discipline focused Subject Benchmark Statements, and the requirements of other external accreditation bodies such as ATHE, EDEXCEL and the Association of First Aid Qualifications (AoFA) and all others awarding organisation we are working as well as “Skills for Care” – the sector specialist code of conduct.

Chair of The Board

The Chair of the Institute’s Vocational & Professional Training Board is PROFESSOR CEDRIC BELL (LLB, LLM, Barrister, PhD) a well-known freelance international academic entrepreneur and an experienced conference speaker. He has authored a number of textbooks in law, and has held positions at several UK universities. He was for ten years Chief Executive of Holborn College in London, a leading private sector law and business College in the UK, which he built up and then sold on to the US Washington Post Kaplan Group. He holds the Pro Vice-Chancellorship of a large Malaysian University and is a ‘triple graduate’ of the University of Birmingham. He has significant experience of establishing international collaborative partnerships between HE institutions, of HE quality assurance and regulatory matters and of legal practice management. He holds several Visiting Professorships including one at the University of Northampton in the UK. He acts in a Consultancy capacity for a number of international institutions and organisations.

By virtue of his breath of experience particularly in the field of quality assurance and programme development he brings independent and objective critique to the ongoing development of the Institute’s training programmes and strategic development. Further and equally important he brings personal commitment and enthusiasm to the work of the Institute having had to cope with learning challenges himself as a school child.

International Development:

APASEN is committed to becoming a recognized global player in the field of health and social care training. Accordingly, it has concluded arrangements to work with the Bangladesh charity BRAC which is one of the largest charitable organisations in the world and which is a recipient of UK international aid. BRAC provides services in sixteen countries with it having four distinct areas of activity :-

  • Education
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Micro-finance

The arrangements with BRAC include APASEN International providing technical support and training to better enable its Bangladeshi ‘sister charity’ to strengthen its own health and social care profile and capacity.

Consistent with this link up APASEN has recently appointed a Country Manager in Dhaka Bangladesh.

International Training Experience:

APASEN International has begun training delivery in Bangladesh from May 2012, for the first time in Dhaka we trained 24 peoples for Autism and Learning Disability. February 2014 in Dhaka 30 peoples for Autism and Learning Disability. March 2014 in Sylhet 55 peoples for Autism and 91 Peoples were attended in Autism Awareness Seminar in Dhaka Dr. Milon Hall. March 2015 in Dhaka 35 peoples for Neuro-Developmental Disability, Safeguarding Children and Adults. April 2015 in Sylhet we has celebrates World Autism Day on 2nd April and arranged an Autism Awareness Seminar where 100 people attended. April 2015 in Sylhet 36 peoples attended training on Autism Spectrum Disorder. April 2015 in Dhaka 21 peoples were attended training Autism Trainer Training – Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

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