What's happening in your area
CITB Employer Roadshows
Our Employer Roadshows are taking place this March and April. This is your chance to tell us what matters most to your business and how CITB can support your skills needs.
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Support to grow your business
Buckinghamshire Business First
Buckinghamshire Business First is a business-led, business-focused community for new, established and growing businesses across Buckinghamshire.
They provide members with knowledge, support and opportunities for growth. By getting involved, you join thousands of other members benefiting from their knowledge, connections, facilities, products and services.
They operate as a central information and support hub for all businesses in Buckinghamshire – advising, referring and bringing people together.
Their teams of experienced business advisors, supported by their members, partners and local authorities, are interested in your business and provide on-going, long-term support and services. Together, they create a unique and vibrant business community that you can be part of and benefit from.
Website: Buckinghamshire Business First
Tel: 01494 927130
Linkedin: Buckinghamshire Business First
Hertfordshire Growth Hub
The Hertfordshire Growth Hub help established businesses with real potential for growth to access the support they need to achieve even more. Their business advisers are industry experts, ready to work with you to diagnose exactly what your business needs are and help you make it happen. The support you'll get is powerful, targeted, impartial and completely free.
The Hertfordshire Growth Package is an expanding range of specialist business support services tailored to meet the specific needs of SMEs and entrepreneurs.
Website: Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Tel: 01707 398168
Linkedin: Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Help to train, recruit and fund your staff
Buckinghamshire College Group in partnership with Eiffage Kier
Eiffage Kier has secured CITB Construction Skills Funding to deliver construction training in Buckinghamshire & North Oxfordshire. Their target is to deliver training to 650 individuals in the locality of the HS2 central section. Training needs to be delivered by March 2020 and 30% of those trained need to go into employment.
Training will be delivered across three targeted programmes aligned to HS2 construction works, including:
- Entry into construction – inc. L1 Construction Skills, Manual Handling, Health & Safety, CSCS card (Plan to train 450 individuals through this programme).
- Plant operatives – CPCS card (Plan to train 100 individuals through this route).
- Women into Construction – focus on IEMA Institute of Environment Management & Assessment and IOSH Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (Plan to train 100 people through this route).
This is a physical course due to its plastering focus, and candidates will need to be prepared for the physicality of it. In addition, candidates need to be aware that as this is not a college, so there is no onsite provision for SEN, although they will happily accommodate a scribe or reader if they accompany the learner. Steel toe cap boots are also a requirement for attending this course.
All courses are currently running with courses being started on a monthly basis.
Buckinghamshire College Group in conjunction with Eiffage Kier have launched these new pathways into construction this month (May) with two and three week courses that are all completely free of charge. For those looking for a physical hands on role or others seeking a move into construction management, these short courses, taught either at their campuses in Aylesbury or High Wycombe, have been developed to equip applicants with the skills necessary to allow them to progress in their chosen field.
Free CITB Construction Skills courses for all at Bucks College Group
The ToolShed is a growing social enterprise developed by New Meaning which is a social enterprise and behaviour change consultancy. Over the last ten years New Meaning has been a pioneer in individual attitude development, community enterprise and social innovation. New Meaning methods and approaches have directly benefited more than 3,000 people aged between 10 and 90.
ToolShed High Wycombe opened in June 2015 and over the last two years it has helped over 80 young people start a career in construction. Over 85% of graduates have progressed into work and/or further training. They came from many and varied backgrounds and they had all left school with few to no qualifications.
One hundred percent (100%) of the 19 graduates of their last group (July 2018) progressed on to: full-time work, part-time work and/or further training.
Please get in contact with Toolshed:
- If you are aged 16-24 and would like to find out more about the opportunities that they have on offer
- If your child could benefit from a holistic and alternative style of training
- If you know of a young person could benefit from an holistic and alternative style of training or what to find out more about our methods
- If you would be interested in offering work experience, recruiting our graduates or organising a fundraiser
- If you would like to offer your time and skills.
Website: The Toolshed
Telephone: 01494 436642
Training groups in your area
Construction Training B&H Ltd
Construction Training B&H Ltd covers a broad range of construction employers and their training needs across Hertfordshire.
Contact: Group Training Officer (GTO) Gary Finck
Tel: 07468 690688
Bucks Employer Group
There is a pilot Training Group in Buckinghamshire set up as the Bucks Employer Group. CITB and the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise will work in partnership to engage with employers on key industry issues, raise levels of training in the area and develop new approaches to working with CITB. If you would like any information or would like to get involved, please email your local Adviser, Sarah Peace.
Your local CITB adviser
I am your local CITB trusted adviser for Bucks and Herts, building effective relationships at local levels, engaging with local decision makers, employer groups and a wide range of stakeholders to attract and support people to enter the sector and ensure the industry has the skills it needs.
Please contact me for any enquiries about skills, training, qualifications, grants, funding, careers and schools engagement:
Tel: 07557 541248
Linkedin: Sarah Peace
Your local CITB apprenticeship officer
For any enquiries about Apprenticeships, please contact your local Apprenticeship Officer, Anneli Somlo.
Tel: 07768 083882