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Support to grow your business

West of England Growth Hub

The West of England Growth Hub supports businesses across the region to innovate, grow and thrive. The Growth Hub offers support with: employment, finance, adoption of technology, skills, marketing, intellectual property (IP), exporting, and statutory regulations.

Call: 0117 456 6955
Email: wearegrowth@westofengland-ca.gov.uk
Website: www.wearegrowth.co.uk

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

Workforce For The Future

Workforce For The Future is a range of services offered via a number of local organisations, to help local SMEs in the area to identify your current and future skills needs, and to assist you with things like recruiting and training apprentices, engaging with local schools, and accessing training and resources to help develop your employees.

Request a call back today, for more information

Training groups in your area

Avon Construction Training Group is a not for profit organisation with members from Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset. Member benefits include:

  • support of the Group Training Officer & Group Development Officer
  •  local courses (often at discounted prices)
  • courses specifically run for members, where there is a demand
  • breakfast seminars with topical subjects often driven by members requirements
  • portal to CITB locally held meetings keeping you involved and a chance to have your say
  • your voice at industry meetings.

The Training Group can be contacted at www.actgltd.co.uk

The Oak Frame Training Forum is a specialist training group which has been formed by The Carpenters’ Fellowship. Its aim is to provide training for those employed within the timber framing industry. The OFTF aims are:

  • To provide skills training in oak framing and its associated trades and activities.
  • To provide routes to qualification for those employed within the industry.
  • To provide assistance and support to members in regard to their training and H&S requirements.
  • To organise building projects that will benefit communities and charitable causes.
  • To organise events with lectures, workshops and seminars and to bring together those involved, directly or indirectly, with timber framing
  • To showcase this form of construction and bring the skills & professionalism found within this sector to the attention of the wider construction industry and the public.

OFTF HQ is based just outside Bristol, and this is where the majority of the training is held. It also has access to buildings of historical importance in Bristol, and apprentices have the opportunity to work at 16 King Street, a timber-framed building which dates back to the 1660s.

The group can be contacted at http://oftf.org.uk

Training projects funded by CITB

Constructing Lives Together – CITB-funded On Site Experience Hub

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. The project leads are Willmott Dixon and Weston College and you can contact the project.

Contact your local advisor

Florence Hale

I am the CITB Engagement Advisor for Bath, South Bristol, Yeovil and West Wiltshire.

I have worked for CITB for over 4 years and am available to help and advise registered employers in the region to access grants, funding and other sources of support from CITB.

Email: florence.hale@citb.co.uk
Tel: 07825 421068

Support to grow your business

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth & Skills Hub

Working with local businesses, including self employed people and not for profit organisations to find the right guidance and support to help businesses work smarter, develop and grow.

https://www.ciosgrowthhub.com/

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff 

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) helps support small & medium-sized businesses to upskill their employees with training courses & qualifications to grow their business and boost the local economy. 

https://www.serco-ese.com/skills-support-for-the-workforce 

Cornwall College Business has secured funding from the European Social Fund, Employer Led Skills (ELS) project, to deliver construction NVQ’s via On-Site Assessment & Training (OSAT). The project is aimed at small to medium size businesses with fewer than 250 employers, the self-employed and for those recently made redundant. 

https://www.ccbtraining.co.uk/osat/ 

Training groups in the area 

Cornwall Construction Training Group 

Key contact:Paula Hutchens TG Chair: Paul Nicholls Website: http://www.cornwalltraininggroup.co.uk  

Cornwall Construction Training Group is funded by CITB to ensure robust and vitally important training is undertaken throughout the County.  

  • We pass on reduced training rates to our members up to 50% of the cost 
  • We organise and negotiate training to suit your needs with our preferred suppliers 
  • We host and organise events throughout the year so you can network with other companies. 

Training Projects sponsored by CITB 

Piloting the Deployment of ISO18404 in the Construction Sector 

This successful project developed a programme to accredit organisations in the British Standards Institution ISO18404 for Lean Construction.  

One organisation received the accreditation, and a best practice case study was developed to support other employers through the process. 

Find out more about the project here 

Contact your local advisor

Karen Blacklaw
Tel: 07775 805033
Email:

Support to grow your business

Dorset Gateway

The success of businesses is essential to both Dorset and the wider UK economy. Dorset LEP funds, supports and facilitates a number of initiatives to help local businesses grow.

Dorset Gateway is the central repository of information, advice and support for businesses within the county, offering a business support service and signposting to the most appropriate local or national commercial or public funded assistance available to help them grow.

Dorset Gateway provides an informed and bespoke service, free to any Dorset based businesses looking for help to source appropriate available solutions for growth and development.

Contact details:

Tel: 01202 714800
Website: https://www.dorsetlep.co.uk/about-dorset-gateway
Email: gateway@dcci.co.uk
Twitter: @dorset_gateway


Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

Dorset Gateway Business Advisors will discuss your business requirements and provide immediate assistance or may where appropriate, research options in order to signpost you to the most relevant commercial or publicly funded support.
Services provided include:

  • diagnostics
  • a bespoke service
  • professional business account management
  • bid writing service.

Find out how Dorset Gateway can help your business.

Training groups in your area

Dorset Construction Training Forum offer additional support for their members, including training research, course booking. Additional CITB funding and significantly reduced training costs (up to 15% discount with Training Providers across the region). The group are a not for profit organisation that the CITB fund to support employers like yourselves. The group currently has 80+ members and is looking for to speaking with you soon.

Website: http://dctf.co.uk
Email: Lisa@dctf.online
Tel: 07464 952002

It offers its members:

  • quality training at discounted prices
  • support of a dedicated Group Training Officer
  • courses run at convenient locations at a date and time to suit attendees
  • local meetings with access to local CITB Staff
  • the ability for issues to be raised nationally with CITB.

Contact your local advisor

Darren Lawrence
Tel: 07909 681147
Email: darren.lawrence@citb.co.uk

Contact your local CITB apprenticeship officers

Darryl Griffiths
Tel: 07770 800951
Email: Darryl.Griffiths@citb.co.uk

Glenn Webb
Tel: 07818587723
Email: glen.webb@citb.co.uk

What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

CITB Employer Roadshows

Following increased concerns over the COVID-19 virus and for safety precautions, regrettably, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Employer Roadshows. We understand this will be disappointing news but the health and safety of our delegates is of the utmost importance.

Further details about an online alternative will be issued in due course.

Support to grow your business

Gloucestershire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a fully funded business support programme to help growing Gloucestershire businesses.

From one-to-one advice and support, to a range of expert led events and access to online resources.

All local businesses can work and network in The Growth Hubs open space.

Contact the Growth Hub:

You can also arrange face-to-face meetings with the Growth Hub team at the local hub offices in:

You can also sign up to their newsletter for all the latest programmes, updates and workshops.

Help to train and retain staff

Check out CITB Skills and training fund and other grant options for courses to help train your workforce.

Training groups in your area

Gloucestershire Training Group

We have one Training Group in Gloucestershire covering a range of construction employers and their training needs. It provides a range of benefits:

  • support of the Group Training Officer and Group Development Officer
  • local courses, quite often at discounted prices
  • courses specifically run for members where there is a demand
  • breakfast seminars with topical subjects often driven by members requirements
  • portal to CITB locally held meetings keeping you involved and a chance to have your say
  • your voice at industry meetings

Find out more

Contact your local customer engagement advisor

Martin Bruton
Tel: 07824 351208
Email:

Support to grow your business

Heart of the South West Growth Hub

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is there to support business across Somerset and Devon to provide the resources to help them grow, businesses are able to get free impartial advice and access a variety of business support programs.

Areas of support are: Starting up, developing and growing your business, finance, digital and ICT, Sales and Marketing and Legal to name but a few.

Website: https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/
Email: info@heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk
Phone: 03456 047 047

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

Building Plymouth - a council-led partnership that connects local people with career opportunities in the world of construction and the built environment.

Website: https://www.buildingplymouth.co.uk/
Email: hello@buildingplymouth.co.uk
Phone: 01752 308 751

Sherford Skills Hub - Open to all, the scheme is designed to help provide people with the skills needed to those wanting to pursue a career in construction. Participants learn at Sherford’s revolutionary onsite training centre. There is tuition in various areas of construction, including groundworks, roofing, carpentry, plastering, plumbing and bricklaying. Trainees will also gain practical experience knowledge of health and safety, large scale development processes and on-site communication.

Website: https://sherford.org/
Email: sricketts@cityplym.ac.uk
Phone: 07812 732403

Training groups in your area

Devon Construction Training Group

Subsidised Training courses arranged by us to meet Members' needs whenever possible.

A chance to contribute to DCT, the courses and workshops we organise, events we may run, attend meetings and even join our Executive Committee.

Access to our Training Officer who will endeavour to assist you with any specific training issues.

Help your company to maintain good working and safety standards through training.

Ease, particularly for smaller companies, what can be a time consuming and costly effort to arrange training.

Website: https://www.devonconstructiontraining.co.uk/
Email: info@devonconstructiontraining.co.uk
Phone: 07399 513971

Plymouth Construction Training Group

The primary function being to provide access to training for local construction companies, share knowledge and to give advice and guidance throughout the industry to raise standards of training. Going forward, the strategy of the group is to retain existing membership and recruit new members

They support businesses by identifying suitable training, then sourcing it locally at subsidised rates for members. We have also had additional funding for the last three years to offer additional discounts to members.

Training is provided in the following areas:

  • Health & Safety
  • Apprenticeships
  • Craft Trades & Operatives, and
  • Management & Supervisory.

Website: https://plymouthconstructiontraining.wordpress.com/

Dates of forthcoming events and employer surgeries

We have bi-monthly webinars planned covering the topics below, but if you have a particular topic you would like covered please get in contact and we will try to accommodate this.

Guide to Construction Apprenticeships 27 September – 11am
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guide-to-construction-apprenticeships-south-west-tickets-169958210583

Introduction to the Grants Scheme 30 September – 10am
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/citb-introduction-to-the-grant-scheme-tickets-169948321003

Small & Micro Skills and Training fund 30 September
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/skills-training-fund-south-west-tickets-169952581747

Training projects funded by CITB

We are currently starting to set up a exciting new project called the Bricklaying Traineeship working with the Association of Brickwork Contractors to encourage new talent into this trade area.

Contact your local advisor

Angus Hamilton

I am your local Engagement Advisor covering the South Devon and Plymouth area, I have worked for CITB for over 15 years so have a great deal of knowledge about all things CITB, as I am a local person I have a good understanding of the particular nature of construction in the South West. I am always happy to set up a meeting either face-to-face or over Microsoft Teams to go through any issues you might be having.

Email: Angus.hamilton@citb.co.uk
Phone: 07876 790029

Support to grow your business

West of England Growth Hub

The West of England Growth Hub supports businesses across the region to innovate, grow and thrive. The Growth Hub offers support with: employment, finance, adoption of technology, skills, marketing, intellectual property (IP), exporting, and statutory regulations.

Call: 0117 456 6955
Email: wearegrowth@westofengland-ca.gov.uk
Website: www.wearegrowth.co.uk

This is external support which Construction companies can access in addition to CITB support.

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

Skill Up West Somerset

A local service that aims to bring high quality, local and impartial service to support you with the challenges that businesses face with recruitment and skills gaps

https://www.skillupsomerset.org.uk/West_Somerset/home_ie/

This is external support which Construction companies can access in addition to CITB support.

Training groups in the area

Somerset Construction Training Group is a not for profit organisation with members from Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset. Member benefits include:

  • support of the Group Training Officer & Group Development Officer
  • local courses (often at discounted prices)
  • courses specifically run for members, where there is a demand
  • breakfast seminars with topical subjects often driven by members requirements
  • portal to CITB locally held meetings keeping you involved and a chance to have your say
  • your voice at industry meetings.

The Training Group can be contacted at www.somersetconstructiontraining.co.uk

Contact your local advisor

Katie Smith

I am the CITB Engagement advisor for Somerset. I have worked for CITB for over 19 years and I am happy to help and support registered companies with all queries.

Email: katie.smith@citb.co.uk

Support to grow your business

Swindon Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a fully funded business support programme to help growing Swindon and Wiltshire businesses.

From one-to-one advice and support, to a range of expert led events and access to online resources.
All local businesses can work and network in The Growth Hubs open space.

Contact the Growth Hub:

Tel: 01793 698005
Email: hello@SWGrowthHub.co.uk
Website: https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/

You can also sign up to their newsletter for all the latest programmes, updates and workshops.

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

Check out CITB Skills and Training fund and other grant options for courses to help train your workforce.

Training groups in your area

There are no training groups which focus on Swindon, but you will find training groups nearby in CITB's list of training groups by region.

Employer success stories

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-31829494

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Cp3IfVC4A

Training projects funded by CITB

Onsite experience hubs - England


Contact your local advisor

Jacqui Rawlings

Jacqui is the CITB Advisor for Swindon & Wiltshire supporting all Construction employers in the area providing support and guidance.

Tel: 07765 336916
Email: Jacqueline.rawlings@citb.co.uk

Support to grow your business

West of England Growth Hub

The West of England Growth Hub supports businesses across the region to innovate, grow and thrive.  The Growth Hub offers support with: employment, finance, adoption of technology, skills, marketing, intellectual property (IP), exporting, and statutory regulations.

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

Workforce For The Future

Workforce For The Future is a range of services offered via a number of local organisations, to help local SMEs in the area to identify your current and future skills needs, and to assist you with things like recruiting and training apprentices, engaging with local schools, and accessing training and resources to help develop your employees.

Request a call back today, for more information

Future Bright

Future Bright offers free career coaching, training and support, to help individuals develop their skills.  The service is free to those living in the West of England, aged 18 or over, in paid work (including self-employment or on a zero-hours contract), and receiving benefits or tax credits.

For more information email:

Training groups in your area

Avon Construction Training Group

Avon Construction Training Group is a not for profit organisation with members from Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset. Member benefits include:

  • support of the Group Training Officer & Group Development Officer
  • local courses (often at discounted prices)
  • courses specifically run for members, where there is a demand
  • breakfast seminars with topical subjects often driven by members requirements
  • portal to CITB locally held meetings keeping you involved and a chance to have your say
  • your voice at industry meetings.

The Training Group can be contacted at www.actgltd.co.uk

The Oak Frame Training Forum

The Oak Frame Training Forum is a specialist training group which has been formed by The Carpenters’ Fellowship. Its aim is to provide training for those employed within the timber framing industry.  The OFTF aims are:

  • to provide skills training in oak framing and its associated trades and activities
  • to provide routes to qualification for those employed within the industry
  • to provide assistance and support to members in regard to their training and H&S requirements
  • to organise building projects that will benefit communities and charitable causes
  • to organise events with lectures, workshops and seminars and to bring together those involved, directly or indirectly, with timber framing
  • to showcase this form of construction and bring the skills & professionalism found within this sector to the attention of the wider construction industry and the public.

OFTF HQ is based just outside Bristol, and this is where the majority of the training is held.  It also has access to buildings of historical importance in Bristol, and apprentices have the opportunity to work at 16 King Street, a timber-framed building which dates back to the 1660s.

The group can be contacted at http://oftf.org.uk 

Training projects funded by CITB

Constructing Lives Together – CITB-funded On Site Experience Hub

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.  The project leads are Willmott Dixon and Weston College and you can contact the project here.

Contact your local customer engagement advisors

Bristol - Chris Gingell

My name is Chris Gingell and I am the CITB Advisor for Bristol.

I have worked for CITB for over 15 years and am available to help and advise registered employers in the region to access grants, funding and other sources of support from CITB.

Gloucestershire

Martin Bruton
Tel: 07824 351208
Email:

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