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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

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.

The Babington Group

The Babington Group was founded in 1974, and is an Innovative National Training Provider delivering programmes to the unemployed and those in work. Babington provision ranges from supporting people into work, Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships and going right through to Leadership and Management at Level 8. The Group were finalists at the Investors in People International Awards 2015 for “Excellence in Reward and Recognition”, and have recently been accredited with one star by Best Companies. Babington Group offers a great supported career with highly competitive salaries and a benefits package that includes a Healthcare Cash Plan and a matched pension’s scheme.

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Back to Work Complete Training Limited


They give apprentices the opportunity to contribute to the success of the British motorcycle industry and learn a range of new skills.The British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy (BMMA) offer a unique opportunity to young people in the Midlands and UK as a whole to enter the motorcycle manufacturing industry via a new apprenticeship program.

BMMA’s initial partner Norton Motorcycles are looking to create a legacy that will support the long term growth plans for their iconic brand and the British motorcycle manufacturing industry as a whole.

Norton Motorcycles has continued to expand via its global market partners over the last 12 months and will require significant resources to continue this growth and success into the future. Helping to support the development of the next generation of skilled motorcycle engineers is a project they were keen to be associated with and support.

Visit the BMMA website

C2C Training Limited

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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


In today’s competitive job market looking for work without experience can be challenging. Many employers are seeking qualified people with years of relevant experience.

If you can relate to this challenge then an Apprenticeship with Geason may be a perfect solution for you. Our apprenticeships offer a combination of learning and working with all the benefits you get being a student and an employee.

Geason specialise in the energy efficient, low carbon construction sector, delivering Insulation apprenticeships and qualifications across the UK. We work with many reputable companies, to offer you the best chance of getting the job you want. We are also now branching to cover other construction areas such as Roofing and Tiling along with Customer Service and Business Administration for office based roles. We offer the highest standards of training to meet the expectations of your future employer.

Geason gives you an alternative to university, college, or a job without structured training, making it possible to earn a wage and follow your career goals. All of our opportunities offer permanent full time employment and provide with City & Guilds qualifications.

Visit the Geason website.


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

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

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 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.

Manufacturing Excellence

Manufacturing Excellence offer a range of funded training programmes that also involve practical support with the implementation of changes/improvements within a business.

Improving Business Performance Their Business Improvement and Lean team helps companies to reduce costs and increase their productivity, efficiency and profitability. Combining tailored training, consultancy and implementation support they engage employees in the process of change through their practical, on-site, accredited programmes to achieve quantified business results within a specified period of time.

Leadership and Management Development Their Leadership and management team helps businesses wanting to develop the leadership and management skills of their existing or future Team Leaders, supervisors and first-line managers.

Visit the Manufacturing Excellence website

Momentum Recruitment Limited

Norton Webb Limited

PeoplePlus Group Limited

The Skills Network

Track Training

White Rose Beauty Colleges

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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