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What employers say about us

From small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have a handful of staff, to large multi-nationals that have hundreds – our employer team work closely with businesses of all shapes and sizes to deliver a tailored solution that enables them grow and develop.

Here’s what employers we work with have to say about us:

Circle is Europe’s largest healthcare partnership. Nick Gullick studied the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) Award in First Line Management

He said:

“I did the course to gain experience in management techniques. I found it useful to learn how to plan, delegate and free up time to do other elements of my job. I’d definitely recommend the programme as it teaches people different management styles and can help further their careers.”

Mark Stone, Linen Services Manager studied NVQ Level 2 in Laundry Facilities.

He said

“The training has been really important in raising the levels of productivity in the laundry department by over 40% in the past twelve months, something seen as crucial if the service is to be retained in-house. Nottingham College worked very closely with NUH and offered exceptional support to staff in order achieve these results.”

Wendie Clinkscale, Wider Workforce Lead Trainer for NUH also added.

Our apprentice has been very focused throughout her course. She hits deadlines and the ward can’t speak more highly of her. She’s very professional and mature. I am thrilled with her.

FACE Recording & Measurement Systems Ltd is a Nottingham based company specialising in the development of assessment tools and software for the health and social care sector. We worked with FACE to develop its Apprenticeship programme.

“From helping us to identify our needs and which Apprenticeships to offer, to recruitment and ongoing support for trainees, Nottingham College have made it a smooth and straightforward process.” - Emma Birkinshaw, Finance, Office and HR Manager

Conkers, the activity centre based in Derbyshire, has been working alongside Nottingham College to deliver various training to their employees.

“I’ve been impressed by how the College assessors have worked with our employees, building their confidence. They’ve also demonstrated the benefits of improving their qualifications.” - Deanne Atkin, Manager.

Jasmin Barlow-Wilkinson, owner of Nottingham city centre-based café Homemade, has been working with Nottingham College to gain support in developing her staff and helping them to build their skills within the hospitality sector.

She said:

“My staff have enjoyed having the opportunity to learn new skills, build upon their existing skills and gain a formal qualification. The College has supported us with NVQ Level 2 training in food processing and professional cookery and it has given staff a real focus in their work. As a result, I think they are achieving more job satisfaction and their enhanced skills are good for the business too.”

Head Chef at Woodborough Hall, Des Sweeney, has been working with the College for a number of years, supporting his staff to achieve a range of professional qualifications and certificates.

He said:

“Most of our work with Nottingham College has been in relation to NVQ training in food and drink service and professional cookery. It’s great to see new talent coming through and being able to support their development and achievement with training and formal qualifications. Communication is key to the success of any partnership and the longevity of my relationship with the College says a lot – I really believe in the work that we do with them.”

Crocodile Stores are a rapidly expanding online retailer specialising in toys and games.

They said:

“The College are fantastic to deal with, they have been friendly and helpful from the start and always make sure that the apprenticeship is based around our business needs. We couldn’t be happier with the service they provide.”

Jigsaw24 are an IT company, providing creative technology solutions and services for more than 25,000 customers, including large businesses, creative professionals, media companies, education institutions and prosumers.

They said:

“We have built a good relationship with the College and they have a full understanding of the type of candidate who will embrace our ethos and work hard to become successful within our Company. Employing Apprentices via the College has proven to be fruitful and effective and they always go the extra mile for the Company and the Apprentice.”

NTU is one of the most sustainable universities in the world with over 27,000 students. They have invested over £350 million since 2003 to create an inspiring learning environment across their three campuses.
The School of Science and Technology is an exciting multidisciplinary environment for learning, teaching and research. Specialising in Biosciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Physics, Sports Science and Computing and Technology.

They said:

“Having contacted Nottingham College they were quick to arrange to meet with us and were extremely informative about their courses and services. A big draw for us was their ability to reduce our workload by undertaking the recruitment process for us, a service which they provide very efficiently. In addition, the College were extremely pro-active in carrying out initial interviews which minimised the delay of final recruitment.

“Thanks to their efforts the successful recruitment of three apprentices was completed in less than two weeks and all are doing extremely well.”

Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group, is the leading provider of regeneration services in the UK. Operating in a diverse range of markets and sectors including community regeneration, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance and housing development.

With around 8% of their workforce made up of trainees, apprentices and graduates, Keepmoat are committed to develop employees across all levels. Keepmoat are a firm supporter of apprenticeship schemes for the construction industry, as training the next wave of housing and construction industry professionals is vital in addressing the skills gap in the sector.

They said:

“Keepmoat Regeneration believe that forming partnerships with key training providers is important for delivering quality training and apprenticeships and ensuring the right calibre of students are captured. Nottingham College have been excellent in supporting Keepmoat Regeneration with their apprentices to date and we look forward to building on the partnership and supporting each other where possible.”

"Here at TMS Hinkley, we have used the Kia apprenticeship scheme for several years. Our first apprentice has almost completed his programme with great results and he has become a very important asset to our team. In today's environment, it is difficult to find good technicians so it is important to us as a business to 'grow our own'. We now have a our second apprentice on the programme who is also progressing well. We believe the reason for our two apprentices' success is due to the very high standards of training and discipline installed into them at the Kia Academy. The support from the academy for us as a dealer is very important enabling us to support the apprentices in achieving their goal of becoming a qualified Kia Technician. I would like to thank Mark Daley and the other trainers at the academy for all their help and support over the years and look forward to our future relationship."

Simon Palmer, Kia Service Manager

"The Kia Apprenticeship programme provides a great opportunity for new recruits to maximise their skill set for their new career ahead. From a dealer perspective, having an organisation with staff benefiting from bespoke manufacturer training is a huge advantage. Having used the Apprenticeship programme for over five years, I have enrolled five new staff members into the programme. Each one has successfully completed, or is very much on track to complete the programme. It provides training in great detail and easily enhances apprentices' knowledge of the Kia product and their skill set of the job role. The programme also comes with the benefits of various extra qualifications issued throughout the apprenticeship, such as air conditioning and the handling of hybrid vehicles. Having experienced the benefits of both Technician Apprentices and Service/Parts Advisor Apprentices, I can confidently recommend the apprenticeship programme to help build the best teams in your dealerships."

Andrew Smith, Kia After Sales Manager

Nottingham College is a member of the British Gypsum Thistle Partnership, one of 60 colleges nationally. As the UK’s leading plaster manufacturer, British Gypsum works with colleges to understand training needs, along with CPD sessions required to keep staff up-to-date with modern building practices used in industry.

Dave Hall, Training Partnerships Director at British Gypsum, said:

“When we attend our annual visits to our college members, Nottingham College always stands out in the standard of training and engagement for students, and how respectful students are when we visit - a total credit to the College. Rob and the team are to be commended for the training delivered in the plastering department.”

Our apprentice has got through the program well. He’s coming towards the end of it now and he finishes in May. He’s been motivated to stick with it. He’s done his extra 20% without being really pushed by us and he’s gotten on with it. It’s been a pleasant experience.

Neil Coles, Coles Sewing Centre