Nottingham College is marking this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 Feb) by showcasing the extensive support package it has put in place, for businesses which may be struggling as a result of the ongoing Covid pandemic.
National Apprenticeship Week provides a platform on which to promote the value of apprenticeships to businesses of all types and within all sectors, from construction to childcare, and from IT to sport. The national campaign celebrates the contribution that hundreds of thousands of apprentices make every year to our economy and encourages more businesses to look to apprenticeships as a solution for recruitment, training and workforce development.
For some businesses, the pandemic has put a pause on their apprenticeship and workforce development plans over the last year and Nottingham College, together with a number of key partners, has implemented a range of initiatives to provide businesses with training opportunities and support to help them through.
Free and subsidised virtual training opportunities
With many businesses shifting their operations online, digital skills have been in high demand. The College is a partner in the delivery of D2N2’s Digital Bootcamp scheme, offering free digital skills training to SMEs and subsidised training to larger employers, focused on digital marketing, online and web systems and IT infrastructure. These short, bootcamp courses are delivered virtually and the College is enrolling to these courses now. There’s still time to take advantage of this training so find out more.
Online courses for furloughed staff
Businesses from all sectors have relied heavily on the government’s furlough scheme that was launched in April last year. A furloughed employee, including an apprentice, cannot work but can still undertake training. Luckily, we’ve launched an extensive range of CPD opportunities – short online courses in a whole range of areas, so that businesses can still provide training and development to their furloughed employees, readying them for a return to work, and to an environment that might be very different. Our short course options cover everything from customer service to health and safety and the full offer can be viewed here.
Upskill with a HNC
We also have a number of new HNC qualifications launching in February that can be studied full and part time and designed to provide vocational training and skills development at Level 4. An HNC is a stepping stone to a full degree.
funding and grants advice
Nottingham College has formed a Skills Access Hub, and with our D2N2 partners, we are providing dedicated support and advice to all businesses within our region, and specifically within the Nottingham area. In joining with this partnership project, we can provide a brokerage service to a vast range of training and development opportunities and can provide expert advice on funding and grants available, including through the Kickstarter scheme.
To get in touch with one of our business advisors, contact 0115 945 7270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org