What Employers say about us

At Nottingham College we are proud to work with the business community of the City and wider East Midlands region to help deliver economic growth.

From SME’s 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 – Europe’s largest healthcare partnership.

Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) Award in First Line Management

“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.” - Nick Gullick, Circle.

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust

Mark Stone, Linen Services Manager, studied NVQ Level 2 in laundry facilities, 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.”

FACE Recording and Measurement Systems Ltd

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

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.

Homemade

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.

“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.”

Woodborough Hall

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.

“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

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

“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

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.

“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.”

Nottingham Trent University

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.

“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

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.

“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.”

Highlights from Nottingham College

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Don’t miss our creative end of year shows!

08/06/2018

 As the academic year draws to a close, the hard work of our talented creative students will be celebrated with an end of year showcase this month, which includes Media, Art and Design, Photography and Fashion.

Trainee chefs gain inspiration from the professionals

01/06/2018

Professional chefs Hira Thakur and Paul Thacker joined budding cooks at the Adams Restaurant for a special Asian-inspired evening. 

Talented students shine at Young Creative Awards

01/06/2018

Creative students are celebrating after winning Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, Film, Music, and Architecture and Design categories at this year’s Nottingham Young Creative Awards.

Spotting the early signs of skin cancer

23/05/2018

To help celebrate Sun Awareness Week, the College teamed up with Skin Cancer charity, Skcin.

The Tale of Robin Hood and the College Carpenters

23/05/2018

Carpentry students are playing a very important part in the up and coming Hoodwinked sculpture trail.

Course Moves 2018

18/05/2018

As part of the College’s ongoing Estates strategy, this summer the college has the opportunity to improve the learner experience and outcomes by moving courses to different sites.

Professional chefs introduce students to Asian-inspired cooking

18/05/2018

Former Nottingham College student, turned award-winning chef, Hira Thakur, is returning to where his training first began, in the College’s commercial restaurant, to support the next generation of budding cooks.

Beauty students receive training using industry-leading product waxu

17/05/2018

Beauty Therapy students receive industry training in preparation for the uptake of waxu into courses from September 2018.

Students start a conversation about mental health

17/05/2018

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May), staff and students are embarking on a 17-mile charity ‘walk and talk’ on Friday 18th May, to raise awareness and challenge stigma around mental health.

Students travel stateside for twice-in-a-life-time experience

11/05/2018

Katie and Harry's Camp America work experience had such an impact the first time round, now they're jetting off again!

The Nottingham Motorshow is back!

11/05/2018

From Japanese racing cars to pre-war classics, if you’re a fan of motors, old and new, the annual Nottingham Motorshow is a fantastic event not to be missed.

Trainee chefs put their ‘Hart’s’ and soul into College cook off

03/05/2018

Professional Chefs Diploma students battled it out in the kitchen today, hoping to win the chance to cook alongside Dan Burridge, Head Chef at Hart’s Hotel and Restaurant.

Students’ creativity is set to soar on globally recognised art course

30/04/2018

Foundation Art students selected for world class course

Hospitality students prove they have what it takes to make it in the industry

27/04/2018

The pressure was on for Hospitality Management students last night, when they took charge at the renowned Marco Pierre White’s restaurant.