Training and upskilling for businesses

New Anglia Growth Hub logoNew Anglia Growth Hub Skills Portal

Get tailored skills advice from the Growth Hub

A number of skill development and recruitment programmes are available to employers through the Government’s Plan for Jobs - kickstart, traineeships, apprenticeships, SWAPs, Skills Bootcamps and more. There are also funded training courses available locally which your business could benefit from. The Growth Hub skills advisers can work with you to look at the requirements you have and the skills your business needs to grow. They will then discuss the options and help you to access the training you need now and in the future. To start your skills conversation, contact the Growth Hub at: Please also see the New Anglia Growth Hub - Skills Portal

West Suffolk College logoWest Suffolk College - employers

The college collaborate on the development and delivery of all levels of education and training, through apprenticeships, professional short courses (which include ILM Management Training and Gas and Oil Training and Assessment), traineeships and supported internships.

Steadfast Training Ltd logo Skills Support for the Workforce - Steadfast Training

This project offers companies within Norfolk and Suffolk fully funded training to upskill their employees or support employees that are on risk of redundancy.

SPARC (Skills, Progression, Adaptability, Resilience, Coordination) 

This project, which is partly funded by the European Social Fund, has two strands: 

  • Pathways Training Fund: Provides up to 75 per cent 'cash back' for training of individuals on topics including digital skills, leadership, wellbeing and customer service. This is focussed on employed people and designed to support employers responding to the additional pressures Covid has brought on their businesses. To find out more email: 
  • Pathways 50+: Delivered by 'Futures' in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils. The project focuses on supporting people ages 50+ back into work placements (approximately 13 weeks) and employability support. 'Futures' are working with mall and medium sized enterprises (SME) businesses from Norfolk or Suffolk to create the placements, which will help recruit committed experienced staff who may not respond to traditional recruitment techniques. 

To find out moreemail: Angela Carpenter, Futures Account Manager - 

Supply Chain Skills Development Fund

The Supply Chain Skills Development Fund (SCSDF), funded by the European Social Fund, offers small and medium sized enterprises within Norfolk and Suffolk a flexible fund for training. It aims to benefit both individual employees and local employers. The SCSDF will help employers to identify skills gaps within the organisation to increase competitiveness and explore opportunities.

Grants are available to:

  • SME employers to be used to pay for a proportion of the costs of training, learning opportunities, services that will help their employees develop additional competencies and capabilities.
  • SME employers and local training providers to enhance, develop and deliver regional training

To learn more about this funding please contact:

Skills Bootcamps - train your team with Skills Bootcamps for employers

These are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. They're funded by the Government and are developed as a part of the Plan for Jobs skills and Employment Programme.

Find out more at: Purple Beard - Train your team with our Skills Bootcamps for employers

Help to Grow: Management Course

The Help to Grow management courses are running at leading business schools across the UK, in partnership with Small Business Charter. You will have access to 1:1 support with a business mentor and access to an alumni network. The programme is 90% funded by the government so you only pay £750. The 12-week course is designed to be taken alongside full-time work through online and face-to-face learning.

Help to Grow: Digital

Get access to free online support about how digital technology can boost your business's performance. From December 2021, if your business is eligible, you can also get a discount of up to 50% towards the costs of buying approved software, worth up to £5,000.

Find out more at: Help to Grow

In-Career Education and Training (ICET)

ICET supports small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access high quality, immersive digital and professional leadership training. A key element of the ICET project is to promote the progression of women in business and digital arenas. SMEs that register and apply to the ICET project, can request 50% of funding towards high level, immersive courses.

Find out more at: ICET Project.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce People and Skills Group

Reflecting the growing importance of the 'human element' in securing the county's long-term sustainable prosperity, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has a People and Skills Group (PSG).

For more information on this group, please visit Suffolk Chamber