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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.

Advance Care Training

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Owned and run by two nurses (learning disability) Lisa Duff and Karen Martin, Advance Care Training provides a high quality and needs-led service delivering vocational qualifications and training across the health and social care sector. With many years’ experience of assessment, training provision and employer engagement Lisa and Karen are dedicated to improving learners’ experience and maximising partnership with employers and other stakeholders.

As a small company, we pride ourselves on the support we offer to individual learners to guide them throughout their learning in order to maximise their potential. We are committed to our learners to enable them to develop, grow and achieve their qualification and to enrich the skills and knowledge needed for them to fulfil their role.

Visit the Advance Care Training website.

Aspire Sporting Academy Ltd

Aspire Education specialise in delivering employability programmes which build the confidence/low-esteem/motivation of unemployed people via our Aspire2Work programme comprising up to four qualifications (BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Workskills, Level 2 NVQ in Activity Leadership, Level 1 Award in Assisting Health Related Activity Sessions and L2 Certificate in Leading Health Related Activity Sessions).

Started in 2010, Aspire have grown from a small local training provider to a national provider supporting over 2000 learners yearly. Our success is based on our key values of Integrity, Teamwork, Excellence and Respect. This is complemented by our ethos of always ‘putting the learner first’ leading to us gaining industry recognised awards and accreditation such as Leaders in Safeguarding.

Our learners find our course ‘very beneficial’, ‘brilliantly run’, ‘outstanding’ and ‘would recommend it to anyone’.

C2C Training Limited

Expressions Academy of Performing Arts


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Free2Learn is focused on providing vocational training to jobseekers. They provide applicants with free training courses, apprenticeships, workforce development, compliance training, and give them all the advice and assistance they need to step into the world of work.

Candidates that are properly prepared for the workplace including entry-level positions that require training and key skills.

Free2 Learn are proud to work with colleges and institutes in further education to provide worthwhile, practical qualifications for a range of sectors, having 98% achievement rate across different qualifications and already successfully train over 10,000 unemployed people every year. Additionally, all of our vocational courses are fully accredited and on LARA.

Once in work. Free2Learn supports individuals and companies with ongoing career development through apprenticeships and learner loans. They also offer a suite of online and classroom training to ensure your company remains compliant with industry and legal requirements.

Visit the Free2Learn website


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GRA is an independent provider with delivery premises in Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby. We specialise primarily in basic skills subjects including Functional Skills (English, Maths and ICT(, ESOL(English for Speakers of Other Languages), IT & Computing andProgressions. The majority of courses are accredited though NOCN with levels covered from basic Entry 1 through to Level 2. Whilst some delivery is employer based the majority are in our well-equipped delivery rooms (including IT facilities) located in easily accessible sites with good parking. Our strengths and success (over 88% retention and achievement in the current year) is due to:

  • experienced, qualified tutors
  • good facilities and resources [including free tea and coffee!]
  • accessible knowledgeable staff [many bi –lingual in French, Spanish, Polish and other eastern European languages]
  • convenient session times including evenings and weekends
  • excellent mentoring and support services

GRA is small enough to be flexible enough to adapt to learner needs but has the expertise and commitment to successfully deliver what funders and learners seek.

Visit the GRA website.

Learning Curve Group

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Learning Curve is based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and has traded as a private training company for the past eight years.

Learning Curve is an approved SFA/EFA provider and has extensive experience of both direct and subcontracted delivery and its associated audit/QA requirements. Although North East based offer training programmes nationwide via well-established partnership arrangements with FE Colleges and private training organisations.

Success rates on our Flexible Learning programmes are well above the national benchmark for this type of short course provision, averaging at 92% for 2011/12 and 93% for 2012/13.

Our track record in delivering very high success rates, combined with 100% audit/QA compliance on all SFA/ESF contracts delivered to date enables us to position the business as a very low risk option with the various funding partners/agencies we work with. We believe our credibility in the marketplace will be a key factor in securing future SFA/EFA direct funding allocations and FE delivery subcontracts in 2013 and beyond.

Visit the Learning Curve website.

Manatec Training

Manatec Training

National training company, Manatec Training, has been delivering quality solutions since 1983 utilising their assessor, trainer and IQA network from Carlisle in the North to Cornwall in the South and everywhere in between. Historically work centred around supporting commercial Health and Safety consultancy and training which over time has blossomed into the provision of other training notably first aid, fire and food hygiene. Work which is managed from their North East Lincolnshire Centre.

Many of the Manatec clients came from the Care sector and as such created a demand for other training requirements, maths and English support as well as Health & Social Care (H&SC) NVQ's. Over the past 15 years Manatec has worked with the college network as a sub contracted partner, sourcing new learners, progressing their learning through to achievement in a number of awards. In addition to H&SC these included Customer Service, Team Leading, Housekeeping, Business Admin, Management and more recently L5 H&SC. In addition maths and English support continues to be provided, these days under the Functional Skills programme.

Funding for these various awards has been drawn down via college partners and has seen many twists and turns, predominantly these days funding is through the apprenticeship programme. For the future who knows! What we do know is that Manatec is pleased to be a partner of Central College Nottingham and looks forward to continuing that relationship for years to come what ever twists and turns may lie ahead.

Visit the Manatec website.

Mitre Group

Mitre group

Mitre Group is one of the UK’s leading skills development organisations offering employers and employees high level bespoke programmes to support performance improvement. Mitre works with clients ranging from Blue Chip corporates to small local businesses and takes the time to get to know the business so that training is tailored to meet the business needs. Much of their accredited training is eligible for Government funding and to date Mitre has supported over 2,000 organisations and 15,000 employees in this way.

Accredited training programmes include Leadership and Management, Business Improvement Techniques, PE & School Sport Support, Sports Development, Sports Leadership, Activity Leadership, Business & Administration, Customer Care, Manufacturing Operations and Spectator Safety. Mitre also provides consultancy in areas such as organisation restructuring, skills needs analysis, competency profiling and performance management systems.

Visit the Mitre Group website.

PeoplePlus Group Limited

The Skills Network

The White Rose School of Beauty and Complementary Therapies

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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.

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