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At Nottingham College, we’re proud to work with a number of partners providing quality training and courses. Find out more about our partners below.

Academy Transformation Trust Further Education

Academy Transformation Trust Further Education (ATTFE) strives to raise the aspirations and achievements of the communities that it serves within the North Nottinghamshire area and is invested in supporting community regeneration and cohesion through lifelong learning.

ATTFE provides high quality, innovative education and training for learners who are aged 16+ (including adults). We take a learner-centred approach towards education and lifelong learning opportunities that supports the learning needs of the local environment and have a secure track record of high learner retention and success.

Visit the Academy Transformation Trust Further Education website.

Community Training Portal

CTP are a friendly local training provider who have been delivering English, maths, ICT and employability skills programmes in Nottingham for over 15 years.

We offer flexible and personalised programmes, so it doesn't matter where you are starting from, we will be able to support you in your journey.

Our courses are delivered through our online platforms, with our qualified and highly experienced tutors on hand to provide additional support and guidance.

More information about our courses can be found at:

The Construction Skills People

Established in 2008, Construction Skills People deliver a wide range of pre-employment, vocational qualifications and commercial training courses specifically for the construction sector.

Our in-depth industry knowledge allows us to support and advise learners and employers of the skills development opportunities which can be offered to support new entrants to the construction industry and upskill the existing workforce If you are interested in a career in the construction industry we offer a range specialist construction courses to help gain industry accredited qualifications at our Skills Academy on Carlton Road in Nottingham.

Visit The Construction Skills People website.

DBC Training

DBC Training, founded in 2000, is a leading provider of training and employment, providing high-quality employer solutions with the aim to improve productivity and learner focussed solutions to support individuals to be the very best they can be.

At DBC our mission is “To SPARK potential and develop talent, to transform lives and fulfil aspiration”

The people at DBC are fundamental in developing excellent products and services that successfully support employers to grow talent for their businesses and subsequently support the communities in which they work and economic growth.

Visit the DBC Training website.

Expressions Academy of Performing Arts

EPA is one of the leading Performing Arts colleges in the UK, we offer a 3 year full time Musical Theatre course for ages 16+ embarking on a career in the Performing Arts Industry without travelling to London.

Situated in the heart of the East Midlands and established in 1989 students are welcomed to the warm and friendly atmosphere which is always apparent when entering EPA. Students feel welcomed and valued.

With first class facilities and faculty who are highly qualified and specialists in their chosen subjects what a better way to start your Performing Arts journey.

Visit the Expressions Academy of Performing Arts website


GRA courses take a tailored approach and are designed to meet your individual needs and requirements. We have the resources and expertise to deliver efficient, flexible and fun learning with nationally recognised qualifications at the end of it.

We have concentrated on the development of the delivery of adult education focussing on Functional Skills in English and Maths, where learners are learning and improving their English skills focusing on their reading, writing, speaking, listening together with driving up our learners’ skills in mathematics, essentially ensuing our learners are fully equipped for the work place.

GRA have demonstrable expertise in delivering functional skills to learners as the foundation for progression to further learning and/or enhanced and sustained employment opportunities. We have developed a model of functional skill development which is accessible, inclusive and is an exemplar of success in improving the life chances.

Our Vision is to be at the forefront as a comprehensive community based and locally recognised training provider that is recognised for promoting social inclusion, wider participation and community transformation. We thrive to continually provide responsive, innovative learning solutions and qualifications for disadvantaged groups to meet the needs of learners ongoing. We value the work of the wide spectrum of other partners enabling learners to achieve their potential, progress to employment and develop the confidence to contribute to society.

Visit the GRA website.

Inspire Achieve Foundation

The Inspire and Achieve Foundation is a Nottinghamshire based charity doing all we can to support young people aged 16-26 to overcome their barriers and progress into education, employment and training.

We deliver a range of training programmes, activities, employability support and mentoring for young people not in education, employment or training, including the nationally recognised Princes Trust Team programme.

Our programmes are uniquely delivered in a highly interactive way, and we help prepare you, not just for the world of further education and employment, but for life, so if you want a chat about what to do next, or if you need some support then get in contact and we will see if we can help.

Visit the Inspire Achieve Foundation website

Qualitrain Limited

Qualitrain is a specialist in Business Improvements training, we have been delivering transformational change within organisations across the UK since 2005 and have clients like Bombardier, First Group, Govia, Barrett Steel, BCA, and more.

We are Matrix approved, have ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 accreditation, and are an IIP Silver employer. Qualitrain understands what makes a business efficient, we use Lean and Six Sigma tools and training to help organisations reduce waste, achieve targets, and add profit to their bottom line.

Based in Derby but with a national reach, Qualitrain has been delivering measurable Return on Investments through many different industrial sectors and are very happy to be working with such a supportive partner as Nottingham College.

Visit the Qualitrain Limited website.

The Learning Curve Group

Learning Curve Group has over 17 years’ experience of delivering flexible, impactful, high-quality AEB, ESF and Apprenticeship provision. They have direct contracts with the ESFA/ESF and hold Ofsted Grades at both 1 and 2 across their group. They are the national leader in providing flexible learning solutions, their course provision is market-leading, and they work with a network of over 250 Further Education colleges and training providers, delivering low risk, high quality products and services.

Visit the Learning Curve Group website.

The Skills Network

TSN is one of the UK’s leading providers of learning technology, distance learning qualifications and apprenticeship programmes.

We offer Ofqual regulated distance learning qualifications for learners aged 19+ - with over 40 online courses in health, social care, business, management, childcare, wellbeing, and digital skills.

Via our EQUAL learning platform, learners benefit from initial assessment, engaging online learning methods, online assessments, and academic tutor support

Our in-depth knowledge and expertise in learning allow us to maximise the development of each learner, helping them to achieve a positive destination upon achieving a qualification with us.

Visit: The Skills Network website.

The White Rose School of Beauty and Complementary Therapies

Established since 1987, the White Rose Beauty Colleges is today the largest and most prestigious independent beauty therapy training provider in the UK. Training over two thousand learners a year, across six centres of excellence, the White Rose centres are all located in stunning accommodation have central locations with cutting edge facilities.

We offer the highest quality of training. Whether you are a mature learner or a school leaver you will be provided with bespoke training to ensure you have the skills to be world class in your chosen path. White Rose Colleges are recognised by all within the industry as outstanding with extensive links to a network of employers. Programmes are available on a full time, part time or evening basis to allow for maximum flexibility.

White Rose offers training with all major awarding bodies. Is a “centre of excellence” with ITEC, a “flagship” centre with VTCT, is a Habia school member and has outstanding reviews from Ofsted.

Visit the White Rose Beauty Colleges website.

Subcontracting Rationale – October 2020

The College works with a limited number of partner providers to deliver subcontracted provision for learners 16 and over. This includes learners 16-19 on Study Programmes and 19+ Adults funded from the Adult Education Budget.

The aim of subcontracted provision through partners, is to allow the College to provide a range of learning which it would not provide under normal circumstances. Such partnership provision may broaden the geographic footprint of delivery, introduce specialist learning aims or involve diverse delivery modes.

We have strong collaborative working relationships with partners delivering subcontracted provision. We expect subcontracted provision to deliver high quality learning experiences and to meet or exceed national achievement rates. Subcontracted provision is expected to meet the needs of national government priority target groups, and will also address the specific market and workforce needs identified by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. Subcontract partners have a curriculum which is designed to specifically address the skills requirements identified by employers. Through subcontracted provision the College also seeks to engage with all communities, and will support objectives to engage hard to reach learners who do not follow typical routes into education.

The College will continue the strategic intention with regard to the volume of subcontracted activity. Since 2017-18 we have reduced the value of subcontracted provision by 30%. Our strategy remains primarily focussed on addressing training needs within the D2N2 area and the substantial majority of provision procured through subcontracting is now in this area. We have strong management arrangements in place to ensure provision is of high quality, is continually improving and developing. We will respond to the anticipated funding reforms for subcontracting as indicated in ‘Reforms to subcontracting education for learners over 16, Government consultation response, June 2020’. Our strategic values and actions match the stated vision that all subcontracted activity is to be of good quality and well managed.

Subcontractor Fees and Charges - Supporting Documents

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