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

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We're proudly supporting Colleges Week 2021

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.

European Social Fund in partnership with Department for Work & Pensions

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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