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Want to develop your workforce?

We offer a free and impartial brokerage service that can help

Our team of impartial Skills Brokers can help you to access funding, local grants and government incentive schemes to help up-skill or re-skill your employees. We can also support you to recruit new apprentices as well as identifying apprenticeship routes for existing employees.

Access up to 70% of funding towards training costs – see examples of courses we have recently funded.

1. Analyse
One of our experienced Skills Brokers will arrange a time with you personally, to understand your businesses current and future skills needs

2. Research
Our Skills Broker team will undertake research and identify appropriate funding streams and training providers for you

3. Develop
A custom made training plan will be developed to facilitate skills solutions

4. Support
Our Skills Brokers are here for you and will stay in touch should you require any additional training or support in the future

Examples of courses we can fund

This list is not exhaustive, if you can’t find what you’re looking for please contact our team to discuss your training needs.

  • 10 day Business and Finance Programme
  • 10-day Bespoke Finance & Business Training
  • 12 Day Bespoke Management Program
  • 12 Day Open Management Program
  • 12-day Management Training
  • 3-day Managing Safely
  • 4-day Covid-19 Response Training
  • 5 Day Business Management
  • 6-day Coaching and Mentoring
  • Accounting for Small Business
  • Advanced Customer Relationship
  • Advanced Customer Relationship Management
  • Advanced Customer Service
  • Advanced Management Development Programme
  • APM Project Management Programme
  • Aspiring Leaders
  • Aspiring Managers Bespoke Programme
  • Assessing the current state of the business
  • Bespoke Business Intelligence
  • Bespoke Business Reporting
  • Bid Management – Bid Value Matrix
  • Bid Management – Business Intelligence
  • Book Keeping
  • Building up customer focused propositions
  • Business & Finance
  • Business and Photography Course
  • Business Excellence
  • Business Foundation
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Business Operations
  • Business Planning
  • Business Resilience
  • Business Strategy
  • Certified NLP Practitioner Training
  • Choosing the Right Approach
  • Contract Managers Practical Toolkit
  • Covid Management, IC & Record keeping
  • Customer Service ‘Customer 2020 Vision’ training
  • Customs Compliance
  • Delivering HR Management
  • Developing Managers
  • Effective Leadership
  • Effective Management
  • Finance & Business Training
  • High Performance Leadership Training
  • HR Strategy Excellence
  • Implementing Strategy
  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • IOSH Working Safely
  • Knowing the customers
  • Leadership Excellence
  • Legal, Compliance and Technical Training
  • Level 3 Award in Education & Training
  • Management & Assertiveness Training
  • Management Accounts
  • Management Development Programme
  • Management Reporting using Excel
  • Management Training Programme
  • Manager Development Day
  • Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Managing Staff
  • Maximising Impact
  • Performance Management
  • Planning to Succeed
  • Project Management
  • Record Keeping
  • Skills Development Programme for Managers
  • Skills Development Programme for Operational Staff
  • Starting and Marketing Business
  • Strategic Supply Chain
  • Succesful Retailing
  • Team Building
  • Train the Trainer
  • Transform Your Culture
  • Uncovering your Hidden Genius
  • Understanding Export
  • Understanding Import
  • Workforce Development Succession Planning
  • 5 Pillars of TPM in Construction/Business Improvement Techniques
  • 5 Pillars TPM in Construction/Office
  • Bespoke Warehouse Training
  • Management of Contractors
  • Quality Inspection
  • Racking and Maintenance
  • Revit Training Programme
  • Sludge Treatment & Disposal
  • Tertiary Treatments
  • Wastewater Systems
  • Advanced Skincare
  • Aromatherapy blending
  • Beginners foundation in acrylic nails
  • Brow Lamination
  • Crystal Healing
  • Dermaplaning and chemical peels
  • Ear Piercing
  • Entity Hard Gel
  • Entity sculpting
  • Entity Skill Building
  • Eye Treatments
  • Eye Treatments inc Facial Waxing
  • Facial
  • Fat Dissolve
  • Gel Builder with Nail Art
  • Gel polish
  • Green Salon
  • Hair for Make up Artists
  • Hairstyling Certificate for Makeup Artists
  • I-Lift
  • I-Lift Lashes Brow Lamination
  • Intimate Wax
  • L4 Advanced Skin Rejuvenation
  • Lash Lift
  • Manicure
  • Nail knowledge
  • Nail Services
  • Pedicure
  • Preparing to Teach
  • PRF Injectables
  • Profhilo
  • Semi-permanent lashes
  • Skin Needling
  • Skin peels
  • Spray Tanning
  • Waxing
  • Alcohol Awareness & Substance Misuse
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Autism Awareness
  • Cancer Awareness
  • Catheter Care
  • Challenging Behaviour/De-Escalation Training
  • Communication Skills in H&SC
  • Complex Care
  • Covid Safety
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Dementia Awareness
  • End of life/Palliative Care
  • Epilepsy with Buccal
  • Falls Management
  • Falls Prevention Training
  • Housing/Supporting Homeless People
  • Introduction to Safeguarding
  • Issuing Medication
  • L3 Diploma Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ligature Awareness
  • MCA and DOLs
  • Medication
  • Palliative Care
  • Peg Feed
  • Peg Feed Awareness
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Positive Behaviour Management and Breakaway Technique
  • Safe Handling of Medication
  • Sepsis Awareness
  • State Management and Emotional Resilience
  • Stoma Care
  • Stroke Awareness
  • Substance Misuse
  • Supporting People with Learning Difficulties
  • Understanding Client behaviour/client care
  • Achieving Net Zero Carbon in the Hospitality Sector
  • 1-day Advanced Business Excel
  • 3 Day Website Design/Wordpress
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Illustrator – New User
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Advanced Bespoke Data Entry Programme
  • Auto CAD
  • AutoCad Essentials
  • Bespoke Excel training, Advanced Excel and Office 365
  • Bespoke Web Design for Business
  • Bespoke WordPress Management
  • Category 2 Thermography
  • Digital Application Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Skills ‘Train and Build a Website Application to Completion of Live Site’
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel
  • IT Foundation Level
  • IT Intermediate Level
  • LinkedIn Ulimate Masterclass in attracting and winning new clients
  • Microsoft Teams Training
  • Photoshop and WordPress
  • Photoshop Essentials
  • Sage 50 – New User
  • Social Media
  • Social Media Foundation
  • SQL Training
  • Train and Build a Mobile Application to Completion of Live Site
  • Website Design
  • Website Management
  • Advanced English for Business
  • Advanced Spanish for Business
  • Arabic for Business
  • Complete Beginners Spanish for Business
  • Conversational Iranian
  • English for Business
  • French for Business
  • Intensive Spanish for Business
  • Italian for Business
  • Japanese Language for Business
  • Promoting early communication & language skills
  • Brand Strategy
  • Create and Develop Your Brand
  • Creating a marketing strategy
  • Developing an Effective Marketing Strategy
  • Digital Marketing
  • Intensive Social Media Workshop
  • Linked In Masterclass
  • Marketing Foundation
  • Marketing Management
  • Media Branding and Marketing
  • Modern Marketing Methods
  • Sales Foundation
  • Sales Skills Mastermind
  • Selling Techniques
  • Up-Selling and Cross-selling online
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • Adult Mental Health First Aider
  • Assertiveness and Confidence
  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • Binby Part 2
  • Cancer Yoga
  • Integrated Baby Massage and Baby Yoga Intensive
  • Integrated Nurturing Baby Massage and Baby Yoga training BINBY (Part1)
  • Integrated Nurturing Baby Massage and Baby Yoga training BINBY (Part2)
  • Intergated Nurturing Baby Massage and Baby Yoga Part 2
  • Kids, Toddler, Mum & Baby Yoga course
  • Kids/Children’s Yoga
  • Level 2 Mental Health
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Mental Health First Aid and Managing Wellbeing at Work
  • Mental Health Yoga Course
  • Older Generation Yoga
  • Pilates Reformer Training
  • Pre & Post Natal Yoga
  • Pre & Post Natal YTT
  • Resiliance and Wellbeing
  • Stress Management
  • Stress & Resilience
  • Stress and Conflicting Needs
  • Supervising First Aid for Mental Health
  • Supporting People with Mental Health
  • Toddler Yoga
  • VTQ Level 3 Award in Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Yoga for Older People
  • Yoga Teacher Training
  • Youth Mental Health First Aider
  • Communication Skills
  • Complaint Handling
  • Effective Time Management
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Fundamental Skills for Teaching & Training
  • Managing Staff
  • Presentation Skills
  • Stress & Resilience
  • Stress and Conflicting Needs
  • Transform Your Culture
  • Writing with Confidence/Creative Writing


Why Growth Platform’s Skills Brokerage Service?

Finding the time to plan training is never easy, especially when you have a business to run. Even when you do find the time, finding the training – and the money to pay for it – is often just as difficult. Our aim is to connect the dots between local businesses and training providers, making the most of funding available to deliver the skills you need.

Our Skills Brokers know the training landscape inside out. They will do the hard work for you, free of charge, helping you to get your training back on track.

We can help your business in a variety of ways, including:

Bespoke assessment and advice
We know that every business is different, so instead of you searching for providers yourself, we take the time to talk so that we can get to know your business and identify your plans and ambitions, challenges and opportunities. Based on this understanding, we’ll work with you to build a bespoke skills and training plan that is right for the individual members of your team and for your business as a whole, both now and in the future.

Easy access to funding
One of the biggest barriers to training is often the cost. Our Skills Brokers are fully aware of the range of funding available for skills across the City Region, and can help you to find and apply for funding.

Making the most of apprenticeships
Apprentices offer companies and organisations across multiple sectors, and of all sizes, a fantastic opportunity to create a skilled, motivated and adaptable workforce. Whether you are an apprenticeship levy paying organisation or not, our Skills Brokers can work with you to utilise existing apprenticeship funding and ensure you can access both national and local incentivised grants. Skills Brokers can also facilitate apprenticeship levy transfer, keeping levy funding within the City Region to benefit local businesses.

Course selection
We have a wide range of courses available to help bridge any skills gaps you may have in your business. Our Skills Brokers will be able to talk through just what courses and funding is available for your business.

We can support employers to understand the whole range of funding streams available across the City Region which can assist employers to recruit new staff as well as providing ongoing skills development to retain existing staff.

For further information about our Skills Brokerage Service, support and funding please register your details below:

This service is funded by the European Social Fund & the Strategic Investment Fund