Adult Skills for Work

ASW Training Providers

Gateway Training Solutions

Gateway Training Solutions has been in operation since January 2008, initially setup to help provide training, advice and guidance to SME’s. Since then we have delivered over 10,000 qualifications nationwide, engaging with over 900 employers across 30 different cities.
We believe in working with employers and learners to ensure that both parties gain from the learning experience. Gateway has achieved its growth by putting learner at the heart of the business, by focusing on developing our learners we are able to help them achieve their qualifications.
We deliver Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Pre-employment training, Standalone QCF’s, Functional Skills as well as ESF provision.
We have worked with a number of mainstream colleges including Walsall College, Stoke on Trent College, Calderdale as well as a number of consortiums and have spent over £10m worth of Train to Gain, ASB, ALR and ESF funding during this period.
Our specialist sectors include Transport & Logistics, Warehousing & Storage, Hospitality & Catering, Retail, Tourism, Education & Business and Financial Services.

We base our delivery around the needs of employers and Learners which includes classroom and work based delivery. We schedule delivery of training around the working schedules of learners providing minimum disruption to work.

Protocol Consultancy Services (Transworld Publications Services Ltd)

Established as a Training Provider in 1996, protocol is currently an approved Work Based Training Provider for the West Midlands. (PCS is part of the Protocol Group of Companies and is a trading name of Transworld Publications Services Ltd). Work undertaken is mainly in the Midlands area, through government funding although we are prepared to travel anywhere in the UK should it be necessary for the delivery of Skills Support for the Workforce, Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships. We also undertake Consultancy work in management and skills training. We have developed our own virtual learning environment that allows remote access.

We have an established track record of delivering SSW across local LEP areas offering SMEs various training  options. Our breadth of experience and expertise enables us to provide focused consultancy and really add value to your business in a variety of contexts. With a blended learning option, tailored to employer requirements, we can deliver both clasroom-led and virtual learning. 

Protocol holds the followng accreditation:

  • City & Guilds, ILM & EDI, BCS, ECDL approved examination centre.
  •  Achived the IIP award and was re-accredited in November 2017.
  •  Awarded Grade 1 Outstanding by Ofsted in November 2006.
  •  Has won 4 Medals of Excellence and a highly commended award from City & Guilds.
  •  Beacon Status
  •  Matrix re-accredited in 2018
  •  Achieved Training Quality Standard full accreditation
  •  Runner up in the Birmingham Training Provider of the year 2019 – Ladder for Greater Birmingham Awards


Pathway Group

Pathway Group is a leading Regional Skills Provider with a vision of Changing Lives Through Skills and Work. 

As an ESFA prime provider, we are proud of having been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, in 2016. We also hold quality standards, such as ISO9001, and Matrix; and have a track-record of investing in our workforce- as accredited by the Investors in People Silver Standard. For the past 15 years, we have been at the forefront of supporting individuals through their journey into and during employment, delivering qualifications tailored to job outcomes, linked to employers.

We exist to encourage and advance employment opportunities by matching the needs of business, individuals and communities. We do this by having a relentless focus to add value, delivering positive outcomes and ensuring that we put our relationship first, leading us to be your partner of choice. We provide a broad range of skills development programmes from a training room to the workplace, helping people to qualify and develop skills for employment and their career. We have a passion in providing our learners with career opportunities through the delivery of traineeships and adult education programmes through to employability and other youth initiatives.

Based just outside Birmingham City Centre, our highly skilled team of employees are on hand to guide partners, employers, learners and parents through the various options there are to gaining qualifications, experience in the workplace, and employment.

Specialists in workforce development, we are at the forefront of supporting levy paying employers though the change in landscape of apprenticeship delivery and we understand the importance of developing and maintaining relationships that last.

Serco Education

Serco Education has over 20 years’ experience of supporting learners throughout the UK and overseas.  We have trained over 20,000 school and academy leaders across England and Wales, from those in the early stages of leadership development to those with extensive leadership experience.  We also deliver advanced level apprenticeships in the education sector throughout England and AEB provision in the West Midlands.

We want to make a positive impact on everyone we work with, by enabling individuals to improve their life chances and social and financial circumstances through high-quality training, upskilling and apprenticeships that put the learner first and support them with sustainable employment.

We also deliver functional skills in mathematics and English from entry level to level 2 and essential digital skills.  We offer a blended learning approach to ensure that we support the needs of the learner and their employer.  These skills empower learners both in the workplace and their everyday life. 

Serco Education holds the following accreditations:

  • City & Guilds, ILM, TQUK, NCFE and the IEP approved examination centre.
  •  Matrix accreditation in 2021

The strength of our team rests with the dedication of each member of staff, our commitment to provide learners and employers with the best possible service, our in-depth knowledge of every qualification we deliver, and the individual breadth of expertise and experience we can offer.

Central Building and Welding Academy Limited  

Central Building and Welding Academy (CBWA) are proud to be the Midlands’ largest independent intensive construction and welding training facility.  Established as a training provider in 2006 we are proud that we have provided high quality, hands-on construction and welding skills to individuals seeking to improve their current job prospects or progress into the construction industry.  The learner’s journey is at the heart of what we do.

We offer bespoke learning courses across a variety of construction disciplines and work-related-learning (WRL) programmes for a trusted, proven, credible alternative provision for KS3 learners.  Providing an effective hands-on learning experience, creating a tangible difference with young people seeking education outside of the school curriculum. Working closely with our local council, job centres, local industry and school communities providing effective, enjoyable learning experiences accredited by City & Guilds, EAL and NCON Previous corporate clients include Jaguar Land Rover and Peugeot.

We deliver level 2 City and Guilds Diploma qualification in bricklaying, electrics, plastering, plumbing, welding & level 3 electrics, along with our fast track welding & construction courses and CITB & CSCS touch screen tests to enable access on site work.