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The Growth Company: Upskilling, Training, Skills Gaps Analysis from entry level through to degree level (Education & Skills)

What is it?

Whether you’ve got a clear idea of your recruitment and training needs or want expert advice on tackling skills gaps and taking advantage of organisational development opportunities, we can help.

Our expert team can assess your business from top to bottom and identify emerging or existing skills gaps that are hampering your growth. We’ll design and deliver a package to ensure that the right training is being delivered to the right people in the best possible way.

We’ll appoint a dedicated account manager for your business, who’ll act as a single point of contact throughout the process to ensure everything runs smoothly and make any adjustments to our service delivery, if required.

How it works

Training needs analysis: We assess the lay of the land in your business, where you want to be and how we can help you can get there

Training proposal: We’ll work with you to agree on what training would best fit your needs and design a bespoke proposal around this.

Candidate generation and preparation: We advertise vacancies and pre-screen applicants - making sure that only candidates with the skills and attitude you’re looking for make it to interview stage.

Training delivery and account management: Our Skills Development Coaches will meet with you and your apprentices regularly, and your Business Advisor will maintain regular contact to ensure everything’s going to plan.

Evaluation and development: We’ll carry out a full review of your training programme and report back to you on the outcomes.

Why do it?

Whether you’re wanting to upskill your existing staff or take on a new employee, an Apprenticeship is the ideal way for you to develop your team and to grow your business.

They’re a form of work-related training where the individual works towards a qualification through a combination of on and off-the-job training.

In order to make Apprenticeships more appealing to businesses, the way they work has been massively overhauled and from April 2017, most of the eligibility criteria around age and prior qualifications has been axed. This means it’s easier than ever to use Apprenticeship-based training for a variety of different staff and job roles.

The government has also sought to develop new Apprenticeship ‘Standards’ with input from employers - working closely with them to decide on the key competencies needed to make the training a better fit for job roles in their sector.

Where organisations are not ready to commit fully to apprenticeship activity, we can support employers access Skills Support for the Workforce- a free service, without off the job requirements and full qualifications upto Level 2 or units of L3.


Apprenticeship costs are agreed between the employer and training provider, within banding limits set by the government

Employers with a payroll of more than £3 million can use their levy to pay for Apprenticeship training

SMEs will pay 10% of the Apprenticeship training costs

There are no training costs for apprentices 16-18 if the company has less than 50 employees

The costs of other training (regulatory courses, higher education degrees) varies according to the programme

How to take forward: or call 0161 233 2656



Last Updated: May 2019