Skills Support for the Workforce

SSW Training Providers

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a government training programme tailored to the needs of businesses. Serco is delivering this programme through a network of high quality training providers.

88% of our Training Providers are SME's, meaning that the businesses who engage with SSW funded skills training, will be working with similar sized businesses who are best placed to understand their training needs and barriers. 

Serco delivers the SSW programme in 16 regions of England:

Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire), Dorset, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough, Heart of the South West, Hertfordshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, South East Midlands, Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire, Swindon & Wiltshire, West of England and Worcestershire.

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+62,000 Learners have already been supported through SSW delivered by Serco

Our Network of Training Providers

HIT Training Ltd

HIT Training is the leading specialist training and apprenticeship provider in the UK’s hospitality and catering industry
At HIT Training we know the positive impact of work-based apprenticeships for employers, employees and the wider economy. This investment in your people and their skills makes your business more efficient and profitable, and ensures your people improve their life chances.
HIT Training delivers Apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 5 in Hospitality, Management and Adult Care through over 400 skilled training staff operating from 35 offices countrywide giving us a keen local knowledge. We train through remote onsite and classroom based depending on the qualification.
Some of our accreditations include:

  • People 1st Gold Accredited Training Provider
  • Grade Good by OFSTED 2017
  • 93% Employer Satisfaction

At HIT Training we know the positive impact of work-based apprenticeships for employers, employees and the wider economy. This investment in your people and their skills makes your business more efficient and profitable, and ensures your people improve their life chances.
Helping people become the best they can be makes good business sense.

HR Champions Limited

HR Champions Ltd have been delivering Management Development training since the business was established in 2000. We achieved ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) accredited status in 2002. Since then, developing managers to become outstanding leaders has been our niche.
Management Development training is our specialism; focussing on the key skills that improve productivity through more effective management.
We have courses and workshops for all levels; from growing effective teams to enabling your rising stars to transition to a Supervisor or Team Leader role through to First Line Manager. Our Senior Team and Director level training takes a strategic approach to people management.
Training is largely classroom based and delivery encompasses a range of methods such as individual and syndicate work, games and exercises to match people’s individual learning styles.
Courses are of two, three and four days, usually spread over a period of several weeks to minimise the impacts of having staff out of the business but more importantly to enable delegates to gradually and effectively implement their new skills and knowledge in the workplace.

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.

Training Event Safety Solutions Ltd (TESS)

The Tess Group are a learning and development provider established in 2009; delivering qualifications including Apprenticeships, Diplomas, Traineeships, Adult Learner Loans and ESF – SSW funded training. Since the moment we started we have been working on changing the way everyone finds their future & delivering inspirational learning that has a measurable impact on people’s lives.

We are rated Ofsted Grade 2 February 2017, Matrix Accredited and an Investors In People Gold Employer. We have won several awards in recent years including Business Of The Year 2015, Enterprising Organisation 2016, Apprenticeship Provider 2016 (Apprenticeship Awards). We were a finalist at the Investors In People Gold Employer awards.
Our vocational delivery range include Customer Service, Team Leading, Management, Sales, Business Administration & Recruitment. We provide learning that is needed to support learners or businesses to their steps.

We are able to bespoke programmes specific to the needs of business, delivering a blend of workshop training sessions, one on one coaching sessions or remote training.

Aspire Training Team

Founded by Cheryl Hadland, who also founded Tops Day Nurseries, Cheryl has been working in the adult training sector since 1980 and in the childcare sector since 1990.

Cheryl is totally dedicated to enabling and supporting people who work in the ‘caring’ sector. Having developed a great team of experienced, knowledgeable and qualified assessors and tutors to train and lead the qualifications and training on offer to you.

Kelly Russell is now the director for Aspire Training Team and together the team are proud of their achievements; The ‘Investors in People’ recognition as well as the Beacon Award for Training Excellence, Outstanding OFSTED grade, Matrix Standard and top grades from external inspectors from City & Guilds, Cache and Pearson’s. Working closely with each employer as well as individual apprentices to ensure everyone achieves the goals each ‘aspire’ to.

Aspire continue to progress with their own training and development. Many of the staff started years ago as apprentices or unqualified nursery staff themselves, and have experienced first-hand the challenges of working, raising a family and training in order to achieve their goals.

Whether you are seeking an apprenticeship or other staff qualification, the Beacon award-winning Aspire Training Team gain results that are higher than the national average and are in OFSTED’s top 10 in the country.

Approved by City & Guilds, Cache and Pearson’s to offer a range of courses to staff working within the care or business sector. Fully understanding that every person and every company work differently, which is why Aspire tailor courses to meet learner specific requirements.

We deliver training within Early Years up to L5, Health & Social Care up to L5, Leadership and Management up to L3, Business and Administration up to L3 we also deliver short courses within all the sectors just mentioned.

Education + Training Skills (ETS)

Education + Training Skills (ETS), established in 1965 and gaining charitable status in 1984, is a leading, highly successful independent work based learning provider. As a long standing South West training provider we have the knowledge and understanding of how local businesses operate.  We:

  • Work with you to identify knowledge and skills gaps, and provide tailored accredited and non-accredited training solutions; 
  • Deliver Apprenticeships, Vocational Training, Functional Skills (English, Mathematics and ICT) and Continuous Professional Development courses across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset;
  • Provide bespoke training across all business sectors in Coaching and Mentoring, Team Leading, Leadership and Management, Accountancy, Education and Training, Business Administration, Customer Service, Digital, Advice and Guidance;
  • Use highly skilled tutors to facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge, skills, and behaviours and provide opportunities within the workshops for learning to be applied in practice;
  • Help to deliver long term tangible benefits to your staff and your business.


> To find out more contact us on 01392 445444 or email

Focus Training SW Ltd

Apprenticeships and commercial training in Retail, Hospitality, Care, Sales, Warehousing, Business Administration, Management, Team Leading and Customer Service. Focus also offers, Traineeships and themed courses for the Unemployed in these sectors.

GHQ Training Ltd

GHQ Training has over 25 years of working alongside businesses in Devon and Cornwall delivering training that enables individuals to stimulate their natural talent and aid their personal development. Established in 1992, we are a private training provider, recognised for delivering high quality training across a wide range of business sectors. GHQ recognises the potential in people and works with them to develop their skills within the workplace. We specialise in work based training, short courses and Apprenticeships that cover a range of vocations including Hairdressing, Childcare, Teaching, Business and Management, Beauty Therapy and Nail Services. Many of our courses are accredited through either: City & Guilds, ILM, NCFE or VTCT.

GHQ has been a direct contract holder for apprenticeships and other adult education with an excellent track record for working closely with employers and individuals to develop skills and raise confidence and knowledge. The company is also Matrix approved and has been consistently assessed by Ofsted as a Good Provider.

Our staff are always happy to provide information, advice and support on all our services, whether it be nationally recognised courses and qualifications or bespoke courses tailored to suit your individual or specific business needs.

Locomotivation Ltd

Locomotivation is an established independent training provider with 18 years’ experience of delivering a variety of training programmes including skills and apprenticeships. Locomotivation have held and successfully managed a direct contract with the government agencies since 1999. We currently deliver Apprenticeship training to between 800 and 1000 apprentices per year. Locomotivation hold a skills training contract funded through European Social Fund and work in partnership with other providers to deliver the local priorities identified by the LEP.

We deliver all our training direct to the employer in the workplace through 1-2-1 meetings and group workshops. Areas of delivery include Sport and Leisure, Gym, Aviation, Hospitality, Health and Social Care, Retail and Sales, Business Administration, Contact Centre, Customer Service and Leadership and Management programmes through ILM.

Locomotivation holds the Matrix standard for Information Advice and Guidance (IAG). Locomotivation has been rated as good by Ofsted for the past 9 years. Locomotivation works with a number of Awarding Organisations and are a low risk Centre, holding direct claim status for all qualifications offered.

Locomotivation are part the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network as well as attending meetings with the local LEP and Employment Skills Board.

PTP Training Ltd

Performance Through People offer a variety of apprenticeships for people of all ages across the Midlands. We deliver apprenticeships at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and cover a range of sectors including in Accounting, Business Administration, Customer Service, Dental Nursing, Early Years Care, Health and Social Care, IT, Management and Team Leading, Retail, Hospitality, Warehouse and Logistics, Manufacturing, Engineering, Sales and Travel Services.

All apprentices are assigned one of our highly qualified training advisers who will support them through visits to the workplace and arrange for them to complete classroom sessions or workshops if these are required as part of the apprenticeship. They will also support with maths and English functional skills as necessary. Where classroom session and workshops are required these will take place at one of our training centres in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Cannock and Newcastle-under-Lyme. Our Walsall centre includes a purpose built engineering training centre.

We offer clear progression routes through apprenticeships and can continue to support learners as they progress to higher level qualifications and more senior job roles.

We are rated Good by Ofsted and have Investors in People and Matrix accreditations.

Siamo Training (Qommunicate Ltd)

Qommunicate is an established workforce development company specialising in providing a fully tailored learner journey for all individuals, starting at pre-employment training, developing into fully skilled and sustainable workforce.

South Devon College

At South Devon College, we provide training for businesses and sole traders throughout the South West, and our tutors deliver high-quality training across a variety of areas. These include a wide range of vocational delivery covered by classroom and/or remote methods in; automotive and marine, fitness instructing, management and leadership, accounting, human resources and much more.

We offer:

  • Flexible start dates to suit your business
  • Bespoke training to match your needs
  • Highly qualified instructors and tutors
  • Quality-assured advice and guidance

South Devon College sits at the heart of its employer and local community and has received external recognition in the form of exceptional employer feedback and through accreditations such as; Investors In People Platinum and TEF Gold.

SR Partnership Limited

We have been trading for over 12 years and specialise in construction NVQs that are relevant to you and your business.

We have a 100% pass rate and have successfully delivered several hundred NVQs from level 2 to 7 over the past 8 years.
Due to our methodical approach we have completed Level 2 in 4/6 months,  level 3 NVQs in only 6/9 months, level 6 in only 9/12 months and level 7 NVQs in 18 months.

We assess each candidate’s competence, experience and skill in order to carry out the Qualifications and Credit Framework/National Vocational Qualification (QCF/NVQ) process.  All of our NVQ assessments are conducted on site, which will save you and your delegates time and travelling expenses.  We have assessors countrywide, so whatever project you are working on we can attend your site.  We will also apply for the relevant CSCS card for you or your delegate as part of our management process.

We have recently undertaken bespoke Health and Safety training courses with excellent attendance and feedback
We work many major large, medium and small leaders in the Construction Industry and are happy to explore any new projects that are required.

Stoke-On-Trent City Council

As part of Serco’s supply chain for the ESF Skills Support for the Workforce contract we offer Basic Skills Training to business with less than 250 staff.  We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses tailored to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

Courses we have available include:
• Diploma in Business Administration
• Diploma in Customer Services
• Certificate in Hospitality and Catering
• Functional Skills English Maths & ICT
• Bespoke ICT training including Excel, GDPR and e-safety for small businesses

As well as training to businesses we also provide individually tailored support to people who are currently out of work through a combination of Employability Courses, Work-based skills, vocational training and work experience placements.   These are designed to strengthen learner’s chances of getting a job by equipping them with a mixture of accredited qualifications, work based skills and increased confidence.  Finally we offer an integrated recruitment service which provides access to local employment opportunities as well as delivering a bespoke recruitment service to local employers.

The Construction Skills People (CSP) Ltd

Construction skills People is the largest provider to the UK’s construction sector, established in 2008, we deliver a wide range of vocational qualifications and commercial training courses specifically for the construction sector. Our in-depth industry knowledge allows us to advise our clients through the complex minefield of Health & Safety legislation and regulation. We are the UK's leading provider of construction-related work-based qualifications and offer a broad range of NVQs that help our clients ensure they are CSCS and CPCS compliant.

We enjoy working with over 75% of the UK’s top 100 construction companies as listed by the industry’s Construction News magazine. We look to foster robust relationships with our clients, built on our concept of putting our clients’ needs first. As you would expect from an industry-leading training provider, we practice what we preach, and our staff's Continual Professional Development is an ongoing process that ensures our staff have the knowledge and expertise to offer industry the correct advice.

Vocational delivery rangeAll qualifications in construction including Civil Engineer, Construction Plant, House Building, Off-Site Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Utilities, Environmental and major projects. All of CSP’s qualifications are delivered on site to reduces disruption and employee downtime.

Accreditations - Matrix accredited, Disability Confident, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001

Wiltshire College

Wiltshire College & University Centre is the largest provider of education and training in Wiltshire with campuses in Salisbury, Trowbridge, Lackham and Chippenham.

In 2018/19 we won the coveted Association of Colleges national Beacon Award for excellence in the practical delivery of technical and professional learning. We combine a commitment to academic quality and success with a determination to develop a leading, world-class college environment where students learn and progress.

The College takes pride in being at the forefront of technical vocational education and skills. Ofsted rates us as ‘Good’ with 92% of delivery observations rated Good or Outstanding. We have 3,300 full time students, 6,000 part time students and around 450 teaching/assessing staff.

We offer over 70 different apprenticeship programmes in various disciplines, ranging from customer service to land-based, engineering to HR and construction to Project Management. We currently have around 1,300 apprentices on programme. Our overall success rates are above national average; our business and management success rates are currently 92%. Delivery takes place both in the workplace and at College with flexible options of attendance. All apprentices receive a structured and individualised training programme, tailored to employer needs.

WISE Ability

Here at WISE Ability our vision is to enrich the communities we serve and empower people through employment.

We provide a wide range of services covering skills and training, employment, offender rehabilitation and mental health across the UK and if you would like to find out more call our dedicated team on:

Call :0300 303 3777  |  Email:

Since our launch in 2009 at the heart of everything we do here at the charity are our customers and we’re proud to have been able to support thousands of people over the last decade. We always put our customers first to ensure that every individual enjoys a positive and beneficial #WeAreWise experience.

We believe it’s essential that during your time with us you feel welcome, respected, safe and supported. We will listen and provide you with the quality information, advice and guidance to enable you to make the right choices.

We will also ensure that we make our services easy for you to use, while also providing you with a positive and inspiring place to learn and develop.

We want you to be successful in whatever you choice to do and we will empower you to achieve your individual goals and celebrate your success together.

WISE Ability has been working very closely with companies such as Serco over the years to deliver programmes and services. As well as working with some key organisations within the sector, we have a variety of important partnerships with government agencies, local enterprise partnerships, local authorities, community services, and support groups etc. without which we would not be able to achieve our mission.

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


Essential Site Skills (ESS)

Essential Site Skills Ltd (ESS) are an Award Winning, UK leading Training Provider founded in 2013. We specialise in nationwide training and support within the Construction sector but can also deliver a wide range of accredited and non-accredited training across various employment sectors including Health and Social Care, Business Services and Retail, ranging from Level 1 to Level 7 qualifications, as well as delivering bespoke training courses - we adapt the service to suit the needs of the employer.

Our relationships with employers and learners have been key to our success, working with them to identify and fill skills gaps with a focus on individual progression routes and supporting company growth aspirations. We also have an employability division that focuses on supporting at risk, or recently redundant individuals, offering a wide range of bespoke training options and signposting them to our expansive employer network, identifying employment opportunities.

As an organisation, we strive to make a positive difference to the safety, welfare and overall competency of individuals in a high-risk industry, as we believe everyone has the right to go to work and return home safely.


AG&I are a nonprofit training organisation based on the Lincolnshire / Nottinghamshire borders with over 20 years combined experience in Apprenticeship and accredited training provision.

AG&I have a proven track record in providing effective and responsive training and development from Level 1 through to Level 5 on either a 1-to-1 or a group basis depending on the needs of the individual learner and the organisation.

AG&I provide effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment in a range of different sectors including:

  • Education and Training
  • Leadership and Management
  • Business Administration, Retail
  • Customer Service, Information
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Health and Social Car
  • Employability
  • Functional skills: English, Maths and Information Communication Technology.

AG&I provides bespoke training in response to the specific needs and requirements of the organisation that we are supporting, and we look to build long-standing and fulfilling relationships with all of our customers.

If you have any questions or would like additional information then please contact us on 01529 414626 or visit our website

Achieve Training

Achieve Training are the largest provider of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds in Staffordshire. Built upon 30 years of experience and strong relationships with over 1200 local businesses we’re an Ofsted ‘Good’ training provider. Our education programmes prepare young people for work through work experience, employability and qualifications, ensuring a seamless transition into real jobs and sustainable employment.

Part of ‘we are aspire’ consisting of Aspire Housing and Realise charity, PM Training are an apprenticeship trailblazer and deliver training to businesses helping to upskill employee knowledge and business growth.

Working across the UK, a highly flexible, dedicated and experienced team deliver expert knowledge and one-to-one sessions in the workplace offering a bespoke level of support, guidance and advice to help candidates develop and progress in their careers. Specialists in apprenticeship qualification delivery, each year, PM Training deliver qualifications for over 2,500 people from school leavers to employees.

PM Training work with local employers and organisations to provide a variety of courses in-house or at local venues.

Skills Ladder

Our specialism is in IT training and creating E-Learning resources. We have previously worked on the SSW2 programme in partnership with Serco.

We typically deliver on-site at the employers, but external training can be arranged. We bring a suite of laptops so any candidates without one can still participate.

Skills Ladder ltd deliver training from level 1 to level 3 in all things IT. This covers a wide variety of topics such as Spreadsheets, Word Processing, PowerPoint, Outlook, Windows 10, Internet Security, Social Media.

LETS Academy

LETS Academy of Stoke-on-Trent is recognised as one of the leading providers of specialist education and training in Staffordshire and the surrounding areas. We are unique in our ability to engage with the BAME community due to our multi-cultural and multi-lingual workforce. Training is offered at our centre or on customer premises and is a combination of classroom and workplace.

We offer a range of opportunities from traineeships and work experience courses, through to a variety of apprenticeship programmes from L2 to L5. Our sectors include hospitality services, food production, transport and logistics, health and social care, childcare and a suite of subjects to support entry and progression into the teaching and education sector. These include Supporting Teaching and Learning, the Award in Education and Training (AET) and the Certificate in Education and Training. Our courses are accredited through Pearson (Edexcel) and Qualsafe.

LETS currently work with in excess of 250 SME’s in the Staffordshire area and have developed bespoke training programmes to upskill and retrain workforces. Our ESFA SSW and SSU delivery serve to further increase training opportunities for work progression for staff who would otherwise not engage in training opportunities.

Petroc College

Petroc is committed to raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, communities and businesses in Devon and beyond. Through SSW, we can offer your business:

  • An assessment of your staff training needs;
  • Bespoke training to meet those needs;
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and a supportive learning environment for your staff;
  • The opportunity to increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

Petroc has a wide range of industry specific training courses that will ensure you stay ahead of the game. Courses can be delivered in-house or at one of our North or Mid Devon campuses.


Founded by Fleur Sexton, Fleur PET-Xi has been working in the training sector for 25 years. Operating nationally, the concentration of our delivery deliberately remains in midlands.   If you are seeking to upskill your staff,  the PET—Xi team gain results that are higher than the national average .

Approved by NCFE, Skillsfirst and Highfield to offer a range of courses to staff working a range of sectors including Engineering, Retail and the Business sectors. PET-Xi fully understanding that every person and every company work differently, which is why PET-Xi adapt courses to meet both learner and employers specific requirements

PET-Xi holds the Matrix standard for Information Advice and Guidance (IAG).

We deliver training within:

  • It User Skills up to Level 2
  • Customer Service up to Level 2
  • Team Leading Level 2
  • Business and Administration up to Level 3
  • Leadership and Management up to Level 3

We also deliver a range of  short courses within the sectors just mentioned.

PET-Xi are part the Coventry Chamber of and Bid Sponsors for the  Coventry 2021 City of Culture as well as attending meetings with the local LEP and Commonwealth Games 2022 .

Business Development Midlands (BDM)

BDM is a fast growing, quality driven organisation dedicated to providing our customers with best value training and business growth services.

We pride ourselves in working closely with large and small businesses to develop flexible training courses and apprenticeship programmes that truly reflect on actual business needs and demonstrate actual measurable impact.

Business Development Midlands have been members of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), the UKs foremost Management and Leadership awarding body, for the past 12 years. This partnership, and our direct claims status, allows us to develop credible, flexible and business specific training programmes.

Some examples of the courses we offer include:

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Team Leading
  • Customer Service
  • Coaching
  • Lean Management

All courses we offer can be customised to suit the companies needs and when necessary can be delivered at one of our venues or in house (dependent on numbers).

Logistica Training

Logistica Training Limited was set up to specialise in delivering Health and Social qualifications to SMEs. The directors, managers, and all staff have considerable expertise in this field and saw an opportunity to deliver high quality training in a niche market where, at the time, there were considerable gaps in the market place.​

Logistica deliver high quality training in a manner that adds value to the employer, enthuses and motivates the learner and our staff feel valued and respected. ​

We believe that with our continued repeat business from employers, high achievement rates, excellent employer and learner feedback and low staff turnover, we have gone a long way towards achieving our goals. 


CMN have joined the SSW project and are able to deliver fully funded training to employers in the Marine, Manufacturing, Nuclear and Construction sectors across a number of different disciplines required by business including; vocational skills, management and HR, customer service, ICT and marketing.

We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

We can work with you to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to your needs, and because this programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) a wide range of training can be accessed at no cost to your business.

Skills Support for the Workforce is all about progress. We can help you progress your career, education and business.

UK Skills Academy

UK Skills Academy (UKSA) are a young, agile Digital Provider who have landed in an innovative, diverse, and modern way. We are a family of Further Education, Digital and Cyber experts who in this ever-changing environment remain modern, proactive and quality driven. We bring to you fully digitalised funded training and apprenticeships that will enhance the workforce and bridge the skills gap. We have evolved through Covid-19 and are here to support individuals and businesses become safer in the online world and more confident in digital ways of working. We also offer commercial training and can work with you to get your business equipped with Cyber Essentials.

With the learner at the heart of all that we do, we work closely together to ensure that the programme design and implementation meet your workforce development needs and are to the highest standard.

“Right learner, right programme”

CPC Training Consultants Ltd

CPC Training Consultants Ltd (CPC), successfully deliver; Work Based, Classroom Based and On-line ESF & AEB funded learning across Worcestershire, The Black Country, East Staffordshire, Birmingham and Solihull since 2010.

CPC is registered on the ESFA’s RoTO and has Matrix accreditation.  

Our focus is supporting both employed and unemployed adults in the Midland’s region in gaining the skills and knowledge to advance their careers or to gain sustainable employment.

The programmes successfully support individuals within the Engineering, Manufacturing, Transport and Warehousing sectors. Between 450 and 500 individuals benefit from the programmes annually.

The programmes offered range from nationally recognised qualifications to bespoke courses specific to employers and individuals including;

  • Manufacturing Processes diploma
  • Digital Skills for Work
  • Digital Marketing
  • Complying with Statutory Regulations and company procedures
  • Warehousing
  • Supervisory
  • Logistics
  • Selecting Open Sourced Software
  • Increasing employer’s website SEO
  • Material Handling Equipment
  • Commercial courses;
    • Forklift truck licencing
    • Drivers periodic CPC

CPC has robust relationships with the JCP, DWP, LEP, National Careers Service, Third Sector and hundreds of local employers across the region.

We are proud of our achievement, quality of delivery, success rates, and destination data.

TCHC Group Limited

TCHC Group Limited was set up in August 2004. Since then TCHC has grown rapidly and gained a wealth of experience working with organisations including the Education and Skills Funding Agency, The National Lottery Community Fund, Department for Work and Pensions, Local Authorities including the Greater London Authority, and Local Enterprise Partnerships. TCHC offers a wide range of training and workforce development solutions for individuals and employers across all industry sectors.

Our current workforce development portfolio includes a wide range of training options from short courses (2-Days) to longer term programmes, including Apprenticeships, covering sectors including Digital Skills (IT, Excel, Social Media), Customer Service, Business Administration, Functional Skills, Team Leading and Management, Accountancy, Equality & Diversity, Security Training and much more. Training is tailored to the needs of the organisation and its workforce and can be delivered face-to-face in the classroom or remotely though Teams or Zoom.

Pilot IMS

Pilot IMS is a well-established and highly respected national training provider with many years of experience delivering Skills, Welfare, Justice and Youth programmes for public and private partners. We passionately believe in helping business to bring workplace skills to life and in developing individuals from all backgrounds to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

  • Ofsted - awarded 'Good' 2020 
  • Matrix Standard since 2011

Our experienced, highly qualified, professional and engaging team has a strong reputation, that is evidenced through exceptional feedback from individuals, employers and commissioners. Pilots fantastic performance is achieved through staff dedication, commitment and loyalty.

We build long lasting and meaningful business relationships through the provision of high impact, flexible training & recruitment programmes, specialising in a number of priority sectors including, Logistic, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Engineering and Business Management.


KTL is an independent training provider established 23 years supporting the much needed essential skills training to the apparel and textile manufacturing industry.  KTL has strong links with textile and apparel manufacturers mainly across the East Midlands including workshops within HMP Service.

As a training provider we are rigorously audited and monitored by funding and awarding bodies to ensure delivery and processes meet the necessary expected high quality standards.

Our kite marks include:

  • Matrix Standard  
  • ABC Awards ‘Showcase Centre of Excellence’ for Fashion and Textiles
  • Ofsted inspected as a sub-contractor

All our Fashion and Textiles qualifications are accredited by SEG Group - ABC Awards.

KTL delivers single qualifications in sewn products and textile production to employed and unemployed individuals.  Our delivery has included:

  • Supporting long term unemployed vulnerable groups at our studio in Derby by helping to break down barriers which impede their ability to move closer towards work or further education.  Our Studio in Derby is a true reflection of great partnership arrangements with local referral organisations. 
  • Working within several Prisons across the East Midlands offering the opportunity for offenders to achieve an accredited qualification mapped to their work in sewn products and textile production. 
  • Supporting textile and apparel manufacturing companies across the East Midlands delivering qualifications to employees.  This essential training enhances the existing skills and knowledge and can support audit requirements.

Digital Peninsula Network

Digital Peninsula Network (DPN) was set up in 2001 to support and grow the ICT and digital skills in the South West and support the South West’s wider business community with their use of ICT and digital skills.

DPN offers a range of services including funded training provision, networking events and digital marketing apprenticeships for soletraders, small businesses and individuals.

DPN provides a free Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) service for businesses and individuals interested in skills development. We can work with you to carry out a detailed Training Needs Analysis either for yourself or your whole company, matching you with funded training providers.

Focusing on growing your business through digital means, DPN has a variety of training courses to support the learning and success of your business.

Acacia Training

Acacia Training was established in 2000 to provide training for employers & their employees in health & social care, early years & play work.

The company operates from its head office in Trentham, Staffordshire and has delivery sites in Essex, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle, Crewe, Chesterfield and London.

Acacia Training is a Grade 2 Ofsted provider, disability confident leader and kickstart gateway provider and were winners of the best health and social care training provider 2020.


GBS was originally founded as an IT Consultancy firm in 2010, by CEO Steven Guard. When his wife Penny joined the business in 2016, they used her knowledge and expertise from over 20+ years in the apprenticeship sector to transform the business into a leading Digital Skills and Leadership & Management specialist training provider.

Located in the heart of Chesterfield, GBS deliver apprenticeship, European Social Fund (ESF) and commercial training from the academy and employer workplaces, working with local businesses to identify their training needs and upskill their workforce. Alongside trying to boost the local economy, GBS offer complimentary recruitment services to help lower unemployment levels in Chesterfield and surrounding areas.

GBS clients range from SMEs to large national employers and include public and private sector organisations. Training offered by GBS includes L2 – L4 Digital and IT Skills and Leadership and Management (including professional services) L3 – L5.

Our trainers are industry experts eager to share their knowledge and best practice with the workforce of the future, and their aim is to equip all of their learners with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career path.

Pathway Group

Pathway Group is a leading skills provider with a vision of changing lives through skills and work. For over 20 years, Pathway Group has been at the forefront of supporting individuals in upskilling and reskilling.

Pathway has a strong demonstrable track record of local service delivery with meaningful impact and has been recognised previously both under Work Programme and Flexible New Deal initiatives for Intraining for many years.

SB Skills

SB Skills Solutions Ltd are a second generation, family run construction, logistics and health & safety training provider that has been delivering high quality training since the 1990’s.We delivery training to in-excess of 10,000 learners per annum across the range of core delivery divisions, including Apprenticeships, Commercial and Funding Projects.

We deliver a mixture of onsite training and NVQs and hold accreditations for CPCS, NPORS, CABWI, C&G, HABC Award, GQA, PROQUAL, ITSSAR, MATRIX.

Our qualifications range from Level 1 through to Level 7 NVQS and include (not limited to ), Roofing, Construction Operations, Plant Operations, Lift Supervisor, Site Supervisor, Warehousing & Storage, Performing Manufacturing Operations, Lean Principles, Business Administration, Team Leading, Lifting Operations, Forklift Truck.We work alongside a number of the UK top 100 construction companies, offering a complete one stop shop for training from full cost commercial work, funded projects and apprenticeship provision.Our funding provision currently extends as North as Tees Valley and now through the Serco SSW provision all the way down to the Solent.

All our training is delivered with the learner at the heart of what we do under the mantra, “We help learners achieve to their full potential” whilst with SB Skills Solutions.

Right Track

Right Track have been delivering training and support since 2009, and focus our services across Nottingham and Derby, we are community based and believe strongly in supporting people to improve their opportunities.

We have highly qualified and experienced tutors who have worked in their field of expertise which include:

  • Mental Health
  • Team Leading
  • Warehousing
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Business Admin
  • Customer Service

We are Matrix Accredited and Disability Confident.

What do our employers say:

I am so impressed by RTSE. They have made the online learning for my staff easy to pick up and they enjoy it. I think it’s given them new motivation especially the team leaders, and I think it’s also made them think more clearly about how they lead staff. I have no doubt the impact will be felt especially in productivity and performance overall. I’d recommend SSW to any employer.

We can develop our programmes alongside you so that they have direct impact within your business and enable you to upskill and future proof your workforce.

EM Skills

EM Skills is an industry leading educational management company.  Established in 2012, EM Skills has the experience and expertise to support businesses in a diverse range of sectors.  We  specialise in the delivery of apprenticeships, courses and qualifications for adults in:

  • The Care sector
  • Teaching and Assessment
  • Business and Management
  • Transport  

We specialise in offering a flexible approach to delivery and assessment which can be tailored to reflect the needs of the employer and employee. We can offer both face-to-face or distance learning training depending on organisation preference, at days and times to suit. 

We are a family business, based  in Hertfordshire, although we have a nationwide reach.  Our family values permeate throughout the business, resulting in a team that puts the delivery of excellent training at the heart of everything we do.

Trade Assessments Ltd

Trade Assessments Ltd (TAL) was established with the express aim of delivering high class training, education, and assessment across an extensive range of construction and associated provision, both in the workplace and off the job at their well-equipped and accredited civil engineering training centre.

Since its beginning, in 2003, TAL has established itself as a Leading Hampshire based Training Provider. They have extensive experience of working independently and in partnership with Government Agencies and Colleges to deliver an outstanding training, education and assessment service to an extensive range of Major Contractors, Home Builders, Independent businesses and Sole traders.

Their philosophy of supporting the employer and putting the learner at the heart of all we do has helped us gain awards and a reputation of the region’s ‘go to’ provider.

Their provision includes:          

  • Construction and Civil Engineering NVQs from level 2 to 7
  • CPCS
  • New Roads and Street Works Act) Training & Testing (NRSWA)