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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.

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

Pathway Group have been at the forefront of supporting individuals in upskilling and reskilling for over 20 years. Operating as both a Prime and Subcontractor, we are a national provider of flexible, high-quality learning solutions.

The Pathway Group aspires to be an organisation that Changes Lives Through Skills and Work with the aim of becoming an indispensable partner of choice. It is important that all staff work together to create a positive, entrepreneurial culture which is responsive to the needs of the local, regional, and national economy. This drives everyone from across the business to understand the difference we collectively make and how this impacts upon our outcomes.

We aim to work with learners to encourage and advance, employment and training opportunities leading to mutually beneficial outcomes for both the individual and the employer.

Visit the Pathway First Limited website.

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.

For nearly 20 years GRA has successfully delivered high quality, community based, basic skills qualifications to over 1,200 learners per year.

We currently focus on delivering all levels of Functional Skills English and /or Maths from basic entry 1 to GCSE grade 4 [C] equivalent Level 2 to learners aged 19+. Upon successful completion, learners receive a Nationally Recognised Qualification

Delivery is based in the Midlands area and is varied and flexible to suit the needs of most learners – this includes evening, weekend, classroom and online options. All delivery options are supplemented by comprehensive resources for study in the learner’s own time and pace

Learners with weak English and/or Maths often face additional challenges in entering further education and frequently have to settle for low paid work with poor job security and prospects. By improving their basic skills, learners are able to upskill and either progress to further learning and/or secure, improved and sustainable employment

Visit the GRA website:

DBC Training (DBC), has been supporting people into employment and onto skills since 2000. We have helped improve the lives of over 30,000 individuals and supported over 6,000 businesses to recruit and upskill their employees and reach their potential. DBC is an award-winning employment and training provider, offering high-quality employer solutions to improve productivity and learner solutions to support individuals to fulfil their potential. 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.

Our Vision

The overall vision for DBC Training is to be an innovative market leader who excels at creating flexible approaches to an ever-changing labour market; through delivering quality advice and guidance, training and business solutions to "deliver better choices and create brighter futures”.

Our Mission

“To SPARK potential and develop talent, to transform lives and fulfil aspiration’

Our Values

  • Sustainable Futures for All
  • Putting Learners First
  • Achieving Excellence
  • Results Focused
  • Kicking Down Barriers

Visit the DBC website:

The Skills Network is an award-winning e-learning training provider, delivering high-quality educational content and resources through expertly developed technology.

Formed in Yorkshire in 2009, The Skills Network is the UK’s largest provider of e-learning experiences, serving the corporate, public and educational sectors around the world and leading in the development of environmental sustainability and eco literacy training.

Over the last decade, The Skills Network has had over 1.6 million learners using its learning portal EQUAL, accessing educational content from CPD through to professional qualifications at levels two, three, and four.

Offering over 150 courses in 30 countries around the world, The Skills Network upskill more than 35,000 learners in the UK alone each year and support over 5,000 organisations and 500 colleges & independent training providers in delivering distanced learning courses, staff training and apprenticeship programmes.

The Skills Network deliver state-of the art products through their expertly developed Learner Management System, offering a learning experience that meets the toughest regulatory requirements set by Ofsted, Ofqual and ESFA while continuing to uphold the highest standards in their unregulated training content.

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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