business support

How We Help your Business

Our dedicated team of eight Programme Managers advise employers on their options for training, qualifications and funding. We can identify training needs and skills gaps within your workforce and recommend relevant business solutions. By helping you to ensure that your employees have the right skills to do the best job we contribute to your own business plan with a combined target of keeping you and your business ahead of the competition. We have a vast amount of experience in working with organisations across the region, delivering business solutions through effective and tailored partnership working.

Training is not only an investment in your future but it also brings with it immediate benefits for:

  • Employees: Improved competence, confidence and morale
  • Customers: Improved customer satisfaction, service and repeat business
  • Business: Efficiency, quality and profitability

We are local

We cover the South West of England with centres in Plymouth, Exeter and Taunton and teams based in Wiltshire and Cornwall. We also have an office based in Roche, in Cornwall. Our assessors are also able to deliver courses in other parts of the South West.

Our Traineeship and Apprenticeship Offer

Addressing the skills’ needs of businesses today, we offer a range of Apprenticeships at various levels in the following areas:

We also offer a FREE recruitment service to employers within easy travelling distance of one of our centres.

The Traineeship programme that commenced in August 2013 is now well established, giving unemployed young people the chance to improve their English and Mathematics levels and prepare themselves for real work. Learners also improve their employability skills and gain useful work experience. Most learners are then better placed to gain an Apprenticeship position at the end of the six-month programme.We are looking for employers that are willing to offer work experience places to potential apprentices. If you can help – please contact our Freephone number 0800 090 2155 and find out more here.

 Apprenticeship Makers

The Apprenticemakers website contains a wealth of information designed to answer questions small businesses may have when considering recruiting an apprentice. A Small Business Guide is available, which provides a simple overview of how to recruit an apprentice and the apprenticeship journey.

Employer Charter

This Charter sets out our standards for working with Employers. It lets you know what you can expect from us and, in return, how you can support your employees to be successful. For more information call: 0800 090 2155 or email: info@acacia.ac.uk

Our Subcontracting Partners

We have extended our partnership working to enable a chosen number of small local training providers and employers to access government funding in order to deliver work based learning and specialist training courses. We are proud to be in partnership with:
Chanicool Training Services, Flying Start Nurseries, Gary Henri, Spectrum, Taylors of Grampound, West of England Dental Nurse Training to name a few.

Acacia Training and Development is required by the Skills Funding Agency to publish this policy. It explains why we subcontract provision and how we support our subcontractors.

We need your help with Sector Work Academies

We need Employers to engage with our New Care Sector Work Academies, to enable customers to develop their skills and have the opportunity to work in a real environment. Acacia Training and Development, in partnership with demand from Job Centre Plus, runs Academies on a regular basis.

A work academy can last up to six weeks and has three key components:

  • Pre employment training – this will be carried out at an accessible location where job seekers will gain knowledge to achieve the Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.
  • A work experience placement
  • A job interview

Your business could benefit from being part of the Care Academy, it is a flexible programme that could be tailored to meet your recruitment needs, the customers will have the right training and skills developed through your guidance and training. It could even allow existing staff to develop their mentoring, supervisory and coaching skills.

For Cornwall and Plymouth area – please contact Melanie Hawkins on 01752 505018

For South Devon area – please contact Fiona Hargreaves on 01392824173

For Taunton and Somerset area – please contact Debbie Morris on 01823 448100

If you would like to get involved, please download the leaflet for more information.

Higher Education Progression for your employees

Click here for HE-Guidance, an on-line Education Guidance Service supported by the South West Life Long Learning Network for anyone interested in progressing on to a higher education programme in the region. The service also supports both students and advisers of people wishing to move into Higher Education or who are on H.E. Programmes and want to know about progression options.