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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 

What's happening in your area

See below for dates and locations to meet your local advisor and discuss CITB grants and funding opportunities to help your business grow and train your staff. 

Alternatively, contact David Rowland directly (see below) to book a convenient time to meet on a one-to-one basis. 

  • Thursday 17 October between 10am and 3pm, Birchwood
  • Thursday 31 October between 10am and 3pm, Northwich
  • Tuesday 5 November between 10am and 3pm, Macclesfield
  • Thursday 14 November between 10am and 3pm, Chester
  • Thursday 28 November between 10am and 3pm, Warrington
  • Tuesday 3 December between 10am and 3pm, TBC
  • Thursday12 December between 10am and 3pm, TBC

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:  support@candwgrowthhub.co.uk
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:  support@candwgrowthhub.co.uk
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:  support@candwgrowthhub.co.uk
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

Your local CITB 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: david.rowlands@citb.co.uk 

Twitter https://twitter.com/DaveRcitb

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/feed/

        

Contact your local CITB Apprenticeship Officers

Name Contact details

Matthew Bowden

Matthew.Bowden@citb.co.uk

07766795689

Alys Wilson

Alys.Wilson@citb.co.uk

07795962549

Linda Richardson

Linda.Richardson@citb.co.uk

07901515723

What's happening in your area

There are currently no events scheduled in your area. Please check this page occasionally for updates.

Business services support

Your LEP

Cumbria Growth Hub Support: https://www.thecumbrialep.co.uk/business-support/

Help to recruit and train staff

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: 

Find out more about CITB training groups by region

Your local CITB advisor

Hello my name is Monica Costelloe and I am the CITB Advisor for Cumbria. I have worked for CITB for more than four years, firstly as an Apprenticeship Officer, then as Advisor in West Yorkshire, 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: monica.costelloe@citb.co.uk   

Twitter https://twitter.com/@GoConstructGirl

LinkedIn – Monica Costelloe CITB Advisor            

Contact your local CITB Apprenticeship Officers

Name Contact details Area covered

 Darrin Richardson

Darrin.Richardson@citb.co.uk    

07901 117574

West Cumbria

Allen Gaskell

Allen.Gaskell@citb.co.uk              

07876130588

Barrow area

Ian McDonald

Ian.MacDonald@citb.co.uk          

07769672207

Carlisle

Events in your area

There are no events listed in your area for now. Please check for updates or sign up for notifications from your local 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 bgh@growthco.uk
Twitter @BizGrowthHub
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/gcbusinessgrowthhub/

Help to recruit and train staff

#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 one of your local advisors

James Johnson is the CITB Advisor for the Greater Manchester area.

James has worked for CITB for 13 years mainly as an Apprenticeship Officer but fmost 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.

Matt Luetchford

Matt is the local CITB Advisor for the northern Greater Manchester area (Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Wigan).

He will advise companies on CITB’s vast range of grants, funding as well as recommending local training providers and colleges.

CITB Apprenticeship Officers

Area covered Who to contact Contact details
Greater Manchester (all) Jane Crompton-Payne Tel: 07920 070612
Jane.cromptonpayne@citb.co.uk

Training projects already funded by CITB

Construction Skills Fund

The Construction Skills Fund supports the development of construction on-site training hubs. The hubs help train long-term unemployed and people who are looking to make a career change into the construction industry.

Construction Skills Fund – The Works (free CSCS card and training for unemployed residents)
Contact: Michelle Handley - Skills and Recruitment Manager
0161 359 3388
info@theworksmanchester.co.uk

Construction Skills Fund – Procure Plus (free CSCS card and training for unemployed residents)
Contact - Wiktor Morrell - Training Hub Delivery Manager
07393 792497
wiktor.morrell@procure-plus.com

What's happening in your local area

Employer surgeries take place across the region. You can have a face to face meeting with your CITB Advisor.

Please email Lorraine Richardson at lorraine.richardson@citb.co.uk to reserve a time slot which suits you.

  • 23 October – Holiday Inn, Lancaster
  • 29 October – Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham
  • 7 November – Holiday Inn, Bamber Bridge
  • 12 November – Holiday Inn, Burnley
  • 20 November – Holiday Inn, Haydock
  • 27 November – Holiday Inn, Lancaster

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:  info@boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk

Help to recruit and train staff

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.

Your local CITB 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.

Contact your local CITB Apprenticeship Officer

Area covered Who to contact Contact details
Preston Katrina Hesketh katrina.hesketh@citb.co.uk
Lancaster and East Lancashire Anj Martin-Housley anj.martin-housley@citb.co.uk
West Lancashire Ann Grogan anne.grogan@citb.co.uk
Blackpool Colin Welsby colin.welsby@citb.co.uk

Training projects already funded by CITB

Here are some of the recent projects funded by CITB

What's happening in your area

There are no scheduled events at the moment in Liverpool City Region. Please check again for updates or email your advisor Sharon Brown directly at sharon.brown@citb.co.uk

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 Vision

Liverpool & Sefton 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.

Help to recruit and train staff

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: a.partington@dlptf.org

Contact your local CITB Advisor

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 and how this can help businesses grow and thrive. I also support the many construction stakeholders in the region through partnerships and relationship building.

Contact

Your local CITB Apprenticeship Officer

For all Apprenticeship queries in the Liverpool City region contact:

Francis Hughes

Francis.hughes@citb.co.uk

07770 838 192

Training projects already funded by CITB

Construction Skills Fund

The Construction Skills Fund supports the development of construction on-site training hubs. The hubs help train long-term unemployed and people who are looking to make a career change into the construction industry.

Liverpool Waters Construction Hub
Clarence Dock
Regent Road
LIVERPOOL
L3 7BX

Contact: Cath Ainscough –  Employability Coordinator AEB & Liverpool Waters Construction Hub

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