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News: Col­leges Week 2021: How we help employ­ers fill their skills gaps

Were Proudly Supporting Colleges Week 2

As part of Col­leges Week 2021 we are high­light­ing the great things that hap­pen at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, and not just with­in the walls of our own buildings. 

We’re the region’s lead­ing recruit­ment and train­ing provider spe­cial­is­ing in appren­tice­ship recruit­ment and train­ing for busi­ness­es. This means we not only help our thou­sands of stu­dents, but employ­ers too, who often come to us need­ing help fill­ing skills gaps, up-skilling their cur­rent employ­ees or expand­ing their teams by recruit­ing appren­tices, who then become valu­able addi­tions to their work force.

Busi­ness­es and employ­ers also work with the col­lege on a reg­u­lar basis, pro­vid­ing their indus­try exper­tise to help us ensure the cours­es we teach meet the needs of indus­try, so when our stu­dents leave us, they are ready to move onto the next stage of their lives – hav­ing the skills they need for employ­ment or fur­ther study. 

Hear from some of the employ­ers we work with below. Through Not­ting­ham Col­lege and Euro­pean Social Fund (ESF) fund­ing, we were able to work togeth­er to help meet the needs of industry.

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Coles Sewing Centre

Hear from Neil Cole, Direc­tor at Coles sewing Cen­tre. Before Neil got in touch with Not­ting­ham Col­lege he wasn’t aware of just how much sup­port is avail­able when it comes to recruit­ing and train­ing appren­tices and how appren­tice­ships can be mutu­al­ly ben­e­fi­cial for both employ­ers and apprentices. 

We helped Neil to upskill and expand his work­force through appren­tice­ships and train­ing cours­es. Neil now works with Not­ting­ham Col­lege, help­ing to co-design some of our cours­es, ensur­ing the skills are taught meet the needs of industry.

Studio 17

Hear from Gareth, Direc­tor at Stu­dio 17, a dig­i­tal agency based in Not­ting­ham. He explains how by work­ing with Not­ting­ham Col­lege he was able to help his busi­ness grow by up-skilling his staff. 

Our Busi­ness Engage­ment team were able to work with Gareth, under­tak­ing an organ­i­sa­tion­al needs analy­sis to iden­ti­fy skills-gaps with­in his work-force and pro­vid­ed rec­om­men­da­tions for over­com­ing this. Gareth also shared his indus­try exper­tise with the Col­lege, help­ing to co-design our cur­ricu­lum to ensure our mar­ket­ing stu­dents are indus­try ready and armed with the skills they need to enter the workplace.

Lindleys Autocentres

The motor indus­try moves for­ward rapid­ly which means it can be hard for busi­ness­es in the sec­tor to remain up to date. Ed Mali­nows­ki, Oper­a­tions Direc­tor for Lind­leys Auto­cen­tres explains how the sup­port offered by Not­ting­ham Col­lege meant that mem­bers of the work­force from across the busi­ness were able to ben­e­fit from train­ing, enabling them to stay up to date and devel­op with­in their roles.


Despite expe­ri­enc­ing rapid growth over the past few years, trav­el com­pa­ny CT4N were look­ing to bring fur­ther new skills into their organ­i­sa­tion. Hear from HR Man­ag­er for CT4N, Chris Would­have, on how Not­ting­ham Col­lege were able to work with CT4N to pro­vide valu­able addi­tions to their work­force through appren­tice­ships, train­ing and work place­ment opportunities.

Employer Services at Nottingham College

We offer a com­pre­hen­sive range of busi­ness solu­tions to help you realise your work­force poten­tial. Whether you are look­ing to recruit appren­tices, train your exist­ing staff or address any skills gaps; we can work with you to devel­op what you need. 

Browse our employ­ers guide to find out more about what we have to offer.

Get in touch

Con­tact our Employ­er Ser­vices team today to find out how we can help you grow and devel­op. Call us on 0115 945 7260 or email business@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk.

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  • 18th October 2021 (12:00 AM)
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