business support

How We Help Employers

Our dedicated team of  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 Cover the whole of the South West

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 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.

Please contact Annie on 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.

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.

Please contact Melanie Hawkins on 01752 505018

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.