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Transforming Manchester Town Hall

CITB is supporting Manchester City Council and Lend Lease on the transformation of Manchester Town Hall

The Our Town Hall project will see the Grade I-listed building repaired, refurbished and partially restored to safeguard it for current and future generations and improve public access, reopening to the public in 2024.

One of the key objectives of the Our Town Hall project is to deliver 'social value' by leaving a legacy in skills, experience and inspiration for those considering careers in construction.

The project includes more than 150 apprenticeships and 45 new jobs targeted at Manchester residents, plus a range of activities with schools and colleges, including work placements.

See details of local industry events, support and networks 

Business services support

Your LEP

Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub
The Growth Hub provides access to impartial support and advice for people starting, running and growing businesses.

Phone: 03300 245007 
E-mail:  
web: https://candwgrowthhub.co.uk 

Help to recruit and train staff

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund:

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, NPIF provides commercially focussed finance through Microfinance, Debt and Equity Finance funds.

NPIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the North West, Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley.

Phone: 03300 245007 
E-mail:  
web: https://candwgrowthhub.co.uk 

Business Growth Programme:

It can help your business access fully funded support (in the form of one-to-one meetings, workshops, seminars, masterclasses and more) across a wide range of areas including:

  • Finance
  • Recruitment
  • Leadership and management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Health & Safety
  • Skills development
  • Product development
  • Process improvement
  • Expansion and innovation
  • Networking events

Phone: 03300 245007 
E-mail:  
web: https://candwgrowthhub.co.uk 

Training groups

There are four training groups in your area: 

  • North West Contractors Training Group
  • Liverpool Region Training Group
  • North West Independent Roof Training Group
  • Stoke and Staffordshire Training Group

Find out more about CITB training groups by region

Contact your local customer engagement advisor

My name is David Rowlands and I am the local CITB Advisor for Cheshire and Warrington. I work with local employers and stakeholders to ensure that they are aware of the range of grants and funding to support skills needs in the construction industry.

Tel: 07887 984 897
Email:  
Twitter: @DaveRcitb
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/feed/

Training projects already funded by CITB

Onsite Experience Hubs

Onsite Experience hubs are designed to provide a one-stop recruitment solution for construction employers. By linking together employers, training providers, local authorities, LEPs, community agencies and other partners, hubs enable the development of employment and site-ready people from local communities. These well-suited candidates can then be linked to employers’ vacancies, and because they have gained some initial experience on construction sites, often with the recruiting employer, and have the necessary introductory training and health & safety credentials, they can be productive immediately.

Onsite Experience Hub – Procure Plus
Contact – Wiktor Morrell
07393 792497 or 0303 030 0030
wiktor.morrell@procure-plus.com

Business services support

Your LEP

The Business Hub: https://www.thecumbrialep.co.uk/business-support/

Lynsey Parke, Business Growth Manager
07867 152 617/ 0800 069 6444
lynsey.parke@thecumbrialep.co.uk

Free and impartial business support

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Growth Hub:
https://cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk
info@cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk

Furness Economic Development Forum: 
http://fedf.co.uk

The Edge In Cumbria: 
https://www.theedgeincumbria.co.uk

Training groups

There is one main training group in your area: 

Contact your local customer engagement advisor

Hello my name is Monica Costelloe and I am the CITB Customer Engagement Advisor for Cumbria. I have worked for CITB for 7 years, firstly as an Apprenticeship Officer, then as Advisor in Leeds City Region, moving over to Cumbria in May 2019. Before that, I worked at Lakes College in Cumbria as a Business Development Manager.

Tel: 07768 208850
Email:    
Twitter @GoConstructGirl
LinkedIn – Monica Costelloe CITB Advisor 

Business services support

GC Business Growth Hub

A community of specialists with a passion to help businesses across Greater Manchester to realise their ambitions.

They support businesses at all stages of their growth journey with our broad range of services. They offer expert one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes, funding and much more.

Better still, most of their support is fully funded and is provided at no direct cost to your business.

To contact the GC Business Growth Hub:

Call 0161 359 3050
Visit www.businessgrowthhub.com
Email 
Twitter @BizGrowthHub
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/gcbusinessgrowthhub/

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#SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support

Greater Manchester #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support offers grants to non-levy paying employers to recruit and deliver high quality Apprenticeships, workforce planning support and advice and is developing a Levy Transfer Matchmaking Service!

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have launched the #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support Grants for SMEs in Greater Manchester, those organisations who have a wage bill less than £3million.

The £3000 grant may be offered to SMEs who:

  • are non-levy payers
  • have their registered office based in Greater Manchester
  • have not employed an apprentice for at least 2 years.

Contact: http://www.theapprenticeshiphub.co.uk/sme-apprenticeship-support/

Training groups

SELCA

The South East Lancashire Construction Association (SELCA) is a non-profit organisation that exists to facilitate training and development within its member companies, alongside offering them support and advice.

SELCA aims to carry out training locally, where possible, and at as low a cost as possible by subsidising the price, with the funding from CITB and income from membership subscriptions.

Contact your local customer engagement advisors

Greater Manchester - North

Jane Crompton PayneJane Crompton Payne

Jane has worked for CITB for 9 years previously as an Apprenticeships Officer and then joined the Engagement Advisors team in February 2021.  Her role is to work with local employers and stakeholders to ensure they are aware of the range of grants and funding to support the skills needs of the construction industry.

Tel: 07920 070612
Email:

Greater Manchester - South

James Johnson

James is the CITB Advisor for the Greater Manchester area South. James has worked for CITB for 13 years mainly as an Apprenticeship Officer but most recently as an advisor.

He started my career as a Joinery apprentice working on various projects in the North West. He then trained to become an Assessor, then moving into FE colleges and finally looking after construction apprentices for CITB.

Tel: 07909 688 048
Email: 
Twitter: @JamesJcitb
LinkedIn: James Johnson CITB Advisor

 

Business services support

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Its purpose is to help Lancashire’s businesses grow. Through Boost, Lancashire businesses from start-ups to large companies can get access to a number of funded programmes in areas such as mentoring, scaling up, innovation, international trade, leadership development, and accessing finance. Boost can also help businesses navigate the plethora of national business support programmes to find the support they need.

You can contact Boost Lancashire by:

Tel: 0800 488 0057
Email:  

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Lancashire Skills Hub

The Lancashire Skills Hub can provide details of current and future programmes of support to help Lancashire businesses improve workforce skills, create new jobs, tap into sources of skilled workers and get involved in improving skills in your industry.

Training groups

There is one training group in Lancashire:

North West Contractors Training Group

It supports construction employers in the county and helps them with their training needs.

Contact your local customer engagement advisor

Lorraine Richardson

Lorraine specialises in learning and development for the construction sector and supports employers to access grants and funding to train and up-skill their workforce.

Training projects already funded by CITB

Onsite Experience Hubs

Onsite Experience hubs are designed to provide a one-stop recruitment solution for construction employers. By linking together employers, training providers, local authorities, LEPs, community agencies and other partners, hubs enable the development of employment and site-ready people from local communities. These well-suited candidates can then be linked to employers’ vacancies, and because they have gained some initial experience on construction sites, often with the recruiting employer, and have the necessary introductory training and health & safety credentials, they can be productive immediately.

Onsite Experience Hub – Procure Plus
Contact - Jo Pepper
07891 550763 or 0303 030 0030
jo.pepper@procure-plus.com

Business services support

The Business Growth Programme is a Liverpool City Region business support project. It is designed to build confidence and capacity in local SMEs by providing direct advice, guidance and information to provide a clear route to growth and sustainability.

Dedicated face-to-face interaction coupled with a range of complementary support, will help businesses to begin the journey to growth.

What support is available?

We offer fully-funded dedicated face to face guidance to help you develop your business. Our advice is impartial, confidential and tailored to meet your needs, in areas such as:

  • Business Development
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • International Trade
  • Operational Review
  • Sales & Marketing.

Eligibility for support

If your business is based in the Liverpool City Region, trading already and employs less than 250 people, you could access this free support which includes a full business diagnostic and action plan. The Business Growth Programme is not sector specific and is open to supporting SMEs in the city region who has previously been reluctant seek business support.

To access Business Growth Programme support

For more information on how to access business support, please contact your local team:

Halton

Knowsley

Liverpool City Council

Liverpool Chambers of Commerce

Sefton

St Helens

Wirral

This programme is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is delivered by Liverpool City Region Local Authorities and Chambers of Commerce through the LCRIBS (Liverpool City Region Integrated Business Support) programme.

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The Knowsley Apprentice - Benefits to Business

Have you thought about employing an apprentice and the benefits they can bring to your business?

The Knowsley Apprentice has £3,000 funding available (per apprentice) and full recruitment support to help you find the right apprentice for your company.

If you would like to find out more

This does not affect any CITB Apprenticeship Grant which may be payable.

Training group

There is one training group for construction employers in the Liverpool City Region

  • Liverpool City Region Training Group (LRCTG)
    Training Officer:  Andrew Partington
    T: 07507442709
    E: 

Contact your local customer engagement advisors

Liverpool City Region – Liverpool City Centre, Sefton and Wirral

Sharon BrownSharon Brown

I work with and support local construction employers who want to train and develop within the industry. My main focus is ensuring that employers know about the full range of CITB grants and funding that are on offer, including Apprenticeships.  I also support the many construction stakeholders in the region through partnerships and relationship building.

Tel: 07823 520 631
Email:
Twitter: @dulcieb33

Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley and St Helens

Francis Hughes

I have worked at CITB for well over 14 years, mainly as an Apprenticeship Officer but also as a Coordinator on a number of projects, before becoming an Engagement Adviser for the Liverpool City Region with particular focus on the Halton, Knowsley and St Helens areas.  Prior to joining CITB, I spent 14 years working in various capacities within the training environment, including lift truck instructor / examiner: NVQ Assessor; Internal Verifier and H&S Coordinator.

Tel: 07770 838192
Email:

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Find out how local employers can benefit from taking on an apprentice for a short duration in our Shared Apprenticeship Scheme

Find out more about the National Skills Academy for Construction, led by CITB and approved by industry

Contact a local CITB advisor

CITB Advisers can support you in diagnosing skills gaps, advising on apprenticeships, legislation and training, as well as signposting you to other sources of help and advice.

Contact a local adviser