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Train­ing and Development

Train­ing and devel­op­ment of all staff is an impor­tant pri­or­i­ty for Not­ting­ham College

We believe in life-long learn­ing for all our staff and sup­port col­leagues to access a range of train­ing cours­es, webi­na­rs, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and indus­try con­nec­tions to give every­one the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op them­selves and ful­fil their potential. 

Our staff are able to devel­op new skills or hone exist­ing ones through a num­ber of col­lege ini­tia­tive including:

  • Ded­i­cat­ed CPD (con­tin­ued pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment) days
    • Every year the Col­lege ded­i­cates a num­ber of days to CPD. Often these are themed to align to cross-col­lege ini­tia­tives such as Equal­i­ty and Diver­si­ty, Health and Safe­ty, Safe­guard­ing and use of technology. 
    • We hold an annu­al cross-col­lege learn­ing fes­ti­val where all staff descend on one cam­pus to take part in a full day of bespoke train­ing ses­sions, team build­ing events and activ­i­ties that enable staff to learn new skills.
  • A rolling pro­gramme of train­ing events avail­able through­out the year
    • We run a range of events through­out the year and these take place in the class­room or in a vir­tu­al space. These short, eas­i­ly acces­si­ble ses­sions keep skills and knowl­edge fresh in a range of top­ics, from teach­ing and learn­ing, health & safe­ty, lead­er­ship and man­age­ment, well­be­ing, safe­guard­ing, equal­i­ty and diversity.
    • There are class­room-based short cours­es too. This could be any­thing from an IOSH qual­i­fi­ca­tion (Insti­tute for Safe­ty and Health) through to First Aid, Men­tal Health First Aid, Food Hygiene and much more. All staff have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to express inter­est in one or more of our many short cours­es and with their manager’s say so, can enrol and com­plete the course, for free.

On-line cours­es

The Col­lege has a com­pre­hen­sive online course offer to enable col­leagues to ful­fil not only manda­to­ry train­ing require­ments but also cours­es spe­cif­ic to their pro­fes­sion or area of inter­est. We offer online train­ing pro­grammes in dig­i­tal skills, teach­ing and learn­ing, health and safe­ty, Pre­vent and Safe­guard­ing, soft skills, Lead­er­ship and Man­age­ment and much more. 

Indus­tri­al updating

For our teach­ing staff and oth­er pro­fes­sion­al col­leagues it’s vital that we are in step with indus­try and what is real and cur­rent. We pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­leagues to shad­ow, con­duct vis­its and explore oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties to devel­op up-to-date knowl­edge of indus­try. For teach­ers, it’s vital that their lessons match changes in their sec­tor. For auto­mo­tive lec­tur­ers, for exam­ple, it’s impor­tant that they stay ahead of what is hap­pen­ing in the sec­tor with regards to elec­tric and dri­ver­less vehi­cles for they are train­ing the mechan­ics not just of today, but of tomorrow. 

Study­ing for qual­i­fi­ca­tions to sup­port a spe­cif­ic role

All of our lec­tur­ers are qual­i­fied teach­ers or are able to receive sup­port to work towards a teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion. For some of our cours­es, hav­ing a teacher who comes from indus­try, is just as impor­tant than a for­mal teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion. We sup­port all new lec­tur­ing staff join­ing us from indus­try can gain their teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions, for free. 


As a large employ­er the Col­lege pays an Appren­tice­ship Levy. This means that every year the Col­lege pays a pro­por­tion of its salary bud­get into a train­ing fund to invest in appren­tice­ships for exist­ing staff who may want to upskill. Depend­ing on their role, we look to offer appren­tice­ships for staff rang­ing right up to Lev­el 7 post grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions. So whether you are look­ing to gain a mas­ters, for­mal pro­fes­sion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tion or com­plete a spe­cif­ic voca­tion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tion, you can com­plete your stud­ies in any one of these areas as an appren­tice. You’ll learn more about these oppor­tu­ni­ties, and more, dur­ing your induc­tion to Not­ting­ham College.