About us

Turquoise Training and Consultancy has provided training and consultancy services to employment and skills, housing, public and charity sectors for over five years.

We provide benefits consultancy to ongoing BBC drama series EastEnders to help ensure accuracy in their storylines.

We work with The Guardian to provide coverage of the financial implications of the UK budget on benefit claimants.

We worked with entitledto, helping to design the leading benefits calculation software in the UK and continue to work alongside them to provide expert training on their professional software.

Dan Rust – Director and lead trainer

Dan is a skilled and experienced benefits subject matter expert and trainer, having worked in the benefits sector for fifteen years. He worked in the benefits department of various local authorities for ten years, gaining first hand experience of the impacts benefits and welfare reform have on members of the public and on the organisations that work for them. He set set up Turquoise Training and Consultancy in 2012 and has worked with many different companies, charities and public sector bodies since.

He played a key role in the design and creation of some of the first local Council Tax Support schemes in the country. He worked with software developers, providing legislative guidance on the design of the leading benefit and Universal Credit online calculator used by members of the public and professional advisers across the UK.

Dan currently delivers training on Universal Credit, welfare benefits and on benefit calculation software at both senior and front line levels. Formerly the Training and Content Manager of Entitledto Ltd and a member of Harrow Council’s Training and Policy team, Dan has designed and delivered a wide variety of training courses to hundreds of delegates since 2008. This has included:

  • A two day introductory programme on benefits awareness and Universal Credit for all Reed in Partnership’s new starters to support their Health and Work Programme contract
  • Expert seminars for the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) on the workings and implications of Universal Credit;
  • In-depth training on the exact workings of Universal Credit for local authorities;
  • The implications of the Care Act on Financial Assessments for adult social care;
  • Introductory courses on the welfare state for large organisations such as Maximus UK;
  • Bespoke systems training for Work Programme prime contractors such as Remploy and Rehab Jobfit and Housing Associations such as Lambeth Living;
  • Full introductory courses on Housing Benefit for new benefit officers.