About TDM

We manage workplace learning journeys towards:

Tech and Digital transformation for forward-thinking employer organisations

Career and Social Mobility for forward-thinking Tech and Digital employees

Why use TDM for Learning and Development?

We specialise in developing Tech and Digital careers from complete beginner to Technicians to Technologists to degree-level Digital and Technology Leaders

We send in different types of coach to deliver a tripartite Individualised Learning Plan because we are obsessed with delivering real impact for both employers and employee learners

Please read our latest Ofsted report which judged our Quality of Education across Degree Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships and Adult Learning to be Outstanding
We deliver work-based learning, underpinned by academic rigour.

Our core values are popular amongst employers and make a formative difference for employees:

Core values

  1. Be Driven – find meaning in your work, enjoy working, bring solutions not problems, go the extra mile
  2. Be Accountable – do as you are directed, do what is needed when it is needed most, do as you say you will
  3. Be Productive – be efficient, be effective
  4. Be Considerate – listen, notice, respond
  5. Be Vulnerable – dummy up, speak up, learn from feedback

Our commitment to Safeguarding

TDM are committed to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk.

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and we have an essential role to play in making our learning community safe and secure.

Our Safeguarding Policy can be read on our Policies Page.

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TDM responsibly access UK taxpayers' money and employer levy budgets to start and further workplace learning journeys which:

Enhance social and career mobility

Delight employers with their positive impacts

Positively impact upon regional and national economies

Respond usefully to regional and national skills development priorities

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We coach and train.  We continuously renegotiate Individual Learning Plans which:

Develop technical competencies, knowledge and understanding

Develop vitally important professional skills, attitudes, behaviours and workplace productivity

Educate the whole person and enhance ambitious career development and social mobility

Our learning programmes are not “off the shelf” or “boil in the bag”. We offer high quality, highly personalised learning experiences. TDM also offer employers a deeper commercial partnership in order to develop even more bespoke workplace learning programmes which suit their own, more unique and more specialist learning needs.

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The Development Manager is a values-driven organisation

We are committed to helping close the productivity gap in the West Midlands and the United Kingdom, supporting the economy by responding to local and regional skills needs and increasing social mobility of the local population.

Be Driven – Gain Creativity at work by being Driven
Be Accountable – Gain Control over your career by being Accountable
Be Productive – Gain Impact on others by being Productive
Be Considerate – Gain Trust from others by being Considerate
Be Vulnerable – Gain Growth as a professional by being Vulnerable

We deliver apprenticeships because we genuinely believe in the tremendous value of work-based learning. We strive to achieve the highest educational standards and we always look to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk.

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You do not have to be unemployed to start an apprenticeship programme.

You simply need to be redeployed in a job role in which you are developing a new skillset and knowledge base.

Under the mentorship of your employer

Subject to rigorous and challenging coaching and training from TDM - Against a national Apprenticeship standard set by IfATE

TDM do also, however, invest into a recruitment filtering service which ensures that the right new job applicants get to engage new apprenticeships with the right new employers. TDM regularly start and embed new careers for school, college and university leavers as well as more mature apprenticeship job applicants.

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Coaching is core

We are called "The Development Manager" because we intend to impact positive, forward-looking change for Regions, Employers and Learners.

We place a heavy emphasis on applying theory to practice via personalised coaching (compare the amount of coaching your apprentice will receive from TDM compared to our competitors).  We offer two types of coach:

The TDM Skills and Knowledge Coach

Focuses on created the skilled practitioner. They help the apprentice to achieve and exceed the national standard.

The TDM Performance and Development Coach

Is the whole person educator. They coach to improve performance: developing increasingly professional attitudes and behaviours as well as continuously improving higher order thinking and more critical thinking skills. They make sure that the apprentice amazes the employer and completes the apprenticeship in good time.

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Some of our educational principles include:

Learner responsive, employer-owned and public-funded:

Every employer needs an Individual Learning Plan for their apprentice. TDM Coaches “triangulate” the drivers of that plan to meet the needs of all stakeholders in it:  The National standard, the employer-mentor and the learner themselves.

Workplace Learning:

Most of the 20% of Off-the-job training TDM deliver will be scheduled and conducted in the office but away from the workstation.

Small classroom sizes:

Our maximum classroom sizes are set at <=15 learners (for common learning aims) or <=8 learners (for differentiated learning aims).

Corporate quality classroom atmosphere:

The out of office classroom training TDM we will deliver when needed (in our Worcester or Birmingham training centres) will be intensive and conducted at an intensity and be of a training quality which is typically associated with corporate training.

The flipped classroom:

We “flip” the traditional classroom delivery model.  In the past, the classroom was used for content presentation and the consolidation of learning was set as retrospective homework. Instead, we set content study tasks for learners (eg watch a video, study a textbook or engage in VLE activities) before they arrive for personalised, consolidation tutoring in the classroom.

Blended Learning:

Our delivery model blends face-to-face activities eg workplace coaching tutorials and small group classroom activities with online and other distance learning activities.

Personalised and Triangulated Learning:

We care about highly personalised, academically rigorous and genuinely workplace-focused learning which benefits all three stakeholders: learner interests, employer needs & national standards.

Recruitment Filtering:

We offer a thorough and careful applicant filtering service to make sure that employers only interview applicants who believe will be right for them. This reduces time-wasting on the part of both the applicant and the prospective employer.

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