Our FIN community includes many members we’re proud to work with and support. A few are listed below:
We are proud of our approach in getting to know our clients, building a true partnership. As a result, we provide our clients with a clear set of commitments:
- We will live your business with you
- We will maintain a partnership with transparency
- We will always do what we say
This means we are committed to living our vision and values in everything we do. We seamlessly blend Equality, Diversity and Inclusion throughout all our programmes, ensuring that our Apprentices do not see this as a ‘bolt-on’ to the skill-set of an effective leader and manager but rather integral to their effective performance. We have a 100% success record amongst our Management Apprentices with over 70% achieving a Distinction and 28% a Merit. But at ioda, it’s not all about academic scores. We believe in delivering a total apprenticeship package, providing health and wellbeing assistance throughout the term of their programme and beyond and creating a support network with their peers that is invaluable as they develop in and with their organisation. They become Inclusive Leaders, striving to excel in all that they do. Choosing an ioda apprenticeship benefits not just your Apprentice but your organisation and your wider community.
The Skills Network
The Skills Network is an award-winning e-learning training provider serving the corporate, public and educational sectors. Formed in Yorkshire in 2009, The Skills Network is the UK’s largest provider of e-learning experiences offering over 150 courses in 30 countries around the world and upskilling more than 35,000 learners in the UK alone each year. Over the last decade, The Skills Network has had over 1.6 million learners using its learning portal EQUAL, accessing educational content from CPD through to professional qualifications at levels two, three, and four.
The Skills Network supports 5,000 organisations and 500 colleges & independent training providers in delivering distanced learning courses, staff training and apprenticeship programmes through expertly developed technology which meets tough regulatory requirements set by Ofsted, Ofqual and ESFA while continuing to uphold the highest standards in their unregulated material.
Delivering exceptional training for over 25 years, and as an Ofsted Grade 2 provider offering apprenticeships in Sales, Leadership & Management and Digital Standards, we are dedicated to providing innovative and high-quality training to ensure all learners reach their full potential.
We are proud to have worked with leading organisations to deliver exceptional training for our employers to really make a difference to their workforce.
Our learners are at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to facilitating opportunities through learning to change lives for the better through our core values; Igniting the passion At Pareto we are passionate about everything we do. Our respect for each other and our clients resonates throughout the whole company. When people engage with us they get a real sense of our spirit and passion in putting people first.
Showing our commitment We are committed to finding and developing the most exceptional talent in the market and helping our clients and our people to really make an impact in their businesses. We are dedicated to offering insight and expertise and remain committed to giving time and support to our clients every step of the way.
Always be people focussed Every employee and external client trained, placed and up skilled has always been, and will always be, at the heart of our business. Working as one team, and with people at the centre of everything we do, our goal is to support and champion those around us and create a sense of belonging.
JBC Skills Training Ltd
JBC Skills Training empowers people to have a digital career. We provide apprenticeships and training programmes to enable individuals to gain knowledge, skills & qualifications, and to help organisations recruit the talent they need for the future. We specialise in Technical IT, Software and Digital Marketing, delivering to learners and employers across England.
GC Education & Skills
The Growth Company Education & Skills is one of the largest providers of work-based learning for young people and adults. We have been providing high-quality education and skills to individuals and businesses for over 30 years, and as an Ofsted Grade 2: Good provider you can be assured the quality of our training and excellent support can help you achieve your future goals. We’ve supported thousands of young people who want to kick-start their careers, and adults who want to raise their skill level throughout their working life and achieve their full potential.
We are a not-for-profit company – this means we focus on getting better at what we do and invest all of our energy and resources into improving the quality of our training and your learning experience.
We offer a huge range of apprenticeships, traineeships and courses for people throughout their working lives. As well as practically based training, we also offer a wide range of classroom-based courses designed to cater for all levels and all ages. Our apprenticeships are designed with progression in mind so you can move on to advanced apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships and, in some occupations, on to higher education.
Firebrand Training was established in 2001 to provide bespoke, industry-focused training to industry professionals in the IT and digital sector. Since 2001 we have become the largest provider of information technology (IT) vendor qualifications in Europe. Firebrand has a core purpose and that is to make people brilliant. We do this by providing training and certification in an immersive accelerated manner. We believe in ensuring digital skills are taught at a level of mastery through engaging and innovative methods. Through our immersive, blended, training methodology we offer apprenticeships, skills bootcamps, higher education and commercial training ensuring our learners and employers have the opportunity to learn and apply digital skills faster.
Kleek Apprenticeships are the number one apprenticeships training provider in England. We are the UK’s favourite hairdressing, barbering & beauty training provider. We have been providing hairdressing apprenticeships, beauty therapy apprenticeships and barbering apprenticeships to apprentices and salons across England for over 20 years. We are the only provider to have been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for over 16 years, having received our second consecutive Outstanding rating in 2021 and receiving the National Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2022.
Kleek Apprenticeships offer level two and level three apprenticeships in hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy at over seven hundred prestigious salons throughout the UK. We’re proud to have trained over seven thousand apprentices who are now in senior roles across the industry.
If you are looking for an outstanding apprenticeship training provider and want to work with the best in the industry, where the apprentice and their employer are at the heart of everything they do, visit kleekapprenticeships.co.uk, as one of the UK’s leading Government approved hairdressing, barbering and beauty training providers you are in safe hands with Kleek Apprenticeships.
Complete Skills Solutions
Complete Skills Solutions was created to support people in their desire to develop their skills and become economically active. Through our specially designed courses we listen, engage, build confidence, harness ability and unlock hidden potential. By working with employers and recruitment firms, we understand where the skills demand is throughout the country. We work with them to create bespoke training programmes and then work with referral partners to source and train individuals to help meet the job demand.
Eden Training Solutions
Eden Training Solutions are one of England’s leading Early Years Training Specialists, delivering bespoke training programmes to employers across the Childcare sector. Early Years Qualifications
- Early Years Practitioner (L2) – Apprenticeship
- Early Years Educator (L3) – Apprenticeship
- Diploma in Advanced Childcare Practice & Management (L4) – Advanced Learner Loan
- Early Years Lead Practitioner (L5) – Apprenticeship
In 2018, Eden Training Solutions were named in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies, and being categorised as an ‘extraordinary company to work for’.
As a Grade 2 (Good) rated Ofsted training provider; “The board of directors, and senior leaders at Eden have sustained the good quality of education and training for learners and apprentices. The team have continued your focus on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Consequently, a high proportion of learners and apprentices are making excellent progress.
Our Vision is to help people Reach their Potential by developing their knowledge and skills for a brighter future. We use our expertise to make a positive difference to people, communities and organisations and sitting at the heart of our delivery are Eden’s core values; Integrity, Excellence, Accountability and Teamwork.
North Eastern University London
Digital Transformation Apprenticeship Degree Programmes
Digital transformation is happening fast, and your business needs the right talent and skills to stay ahead of the curve. Our game-changing degree apprenticeship programmes are a crucial catalyst for business, built to accelerate your digital capabilities, ease your talent pressure and close your skills gap.
From start to finish, NCH at Northeastern’s apprenticeship programmes are designed around real-world needs.
We’ve co-designed our programmes with leading technology partners to deliver cutting-edge courses with real impact.
Through totally reimagining what an apprenticeship scheme could look like, our number one priority is to deliver tangible value to your business.
Our Degree Apprenticeships allow you to:
- Develop apprentices with a business-first mindset – We deliver knowledge, skills, and behaviours with real-life application
- Unlock business value fast – Achieve ‘speed to competence’ faster with industry-recognised certifications
- Gain comprehensive talent solution – Broaden and enhance your workforce by tapping into diverse talent sources
- Get training that’s tailored to your business needs – Develop talent in a way that works for your business with our flexible delivery model
- Simplify your team’s success – Our proactive employer support takes the pain away from apprenticeships
DBC is an award-winning employment and skills training provider, offering high-quality employer solutions to improve productivity and learner solutions to support individuals to fulfil their potential. We’ve been supporting people into employment and onto skills since 2000; helping improve the lives of over 30,000 individuals and supported over 6,000 businesses to recruit and upskill their employees to reach their potential.
Our mission is “To SPARK potential and develop talent, to transform lives and fulfil aspiration”.
We are committed to delivering products and services that successfully support employers to grow talent for their businesses and subsequently support the communities in which they work to achieve economic growth.
DBC offers a comprehensive portfolio of market leading apprenticeships within the key pillars of Business & Management, Sales & Recruitment, and Warehousing & Logistics. We also offer qualifications and tailored training programmes including adult learning, traineeships, sector-based work academy programmes, and online learning programmes.
We’re a proud Yorkshire company with a global outlook delivering a wide range of traineeships, apprenticeship, adult learning, commercial and online training throughout the UK & we’re on a mission to change the world through educating one person at a time.
Dutton Fisher Associates
Dutton Fisher Associates (DFA) is a national training provider with a focus on Organisational, Leadership and People Development with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on the Housing Sector. Our commitment to partnership working enables us to deliver professional development to participants from operative to senior and executive level meeting specific client needs. Whether this is supporting development through Apprenticeships, Accredited Qualifications or bespoke delivery our mission is to enable organisations and individuals to improve what they know and can do, to make a real difference
We are a national apprenticeship training provider focused solely on tech and digital skills.
We offer a range of apprenticeship standards at advanced and higher level, including apprenticeship programmes in Data, Digital Marketing, IT Support and Software Development.
We offer an alternative career path and different route to developing skills. Where groups are underrepresented, we make it a priority to close the gap, and where others simply train and supply apprentices – we build our team with them.
Baltic Apprenticeships were the first UK training provider to offer a completely tech-focused, tech-driven training solution, delivering 100% of our training online. By using technology to teach technology, we deliver flexible and dynamic learning through our real-time, interactive SMART Classroom system.
Everything we do is built on a foundation of exemplary care: care for our apprentices, our employers, and our team.
CT Skills is one of the UK’s leading training and career providers. We help attract the best talent for a wide range of industry sectors, whilst also providing learners with high-quality apprenticeships and free online courses. With over 20 years of experience in the education sector, our knowledge and expertise allow individuals and companies to enhance their skill levels. We are graded Good by Ofsted and 4 stars out of 4 – Excellent – by our employer partners on Find Apprenticeship Training. So you can be assured that we are trusted to provide sufficient support to both our partners and learners. As well as help improve skill levels and boost careers.
Our passion for education allows us to provide cutting-edge training solutions to equip businesses and learners with the skills they need to thrive now and in the future. Funded by the government, both our free online courses and apprenticeships don’t cost any business or person a dime. This allows our audience to improve themselves and their workforce without stressing about the price of training.
With a huge range of online courses and apprenticeships available, our programmes are designed with progression in mind. So, individuals can learn at a pace that suits them – whilst also guaranteeing the advancement of their careers.
‘Hawk Training are a first-class training provider and Ealing Council has worked with them for many years. Our account manager and the tutors are excellent. The tutors know how to work with each person to get the best from them, even though there are a diverse group of learners with different abilities, personalities and styles, and they do this with great respect. If Hawk make a promise then they always fulfil that promise.’
-Vanita Nicholls, Apprenticeship Programme Manager at Ealing Council
Western Power Distribution
Western Power Distribution (WPD) is the electricity distribution network operator (DNO) for the Midlands, South West England and South Wales, responsible for the power lines, poles, transformers and substations that deliver electricity to customers’ homes.
We are the largest DNO by geography in the UK. We employ around 6,500 staff and have an annual intake of around 100 apprentices. Our training provision takes place across five bespoke facilities located in Taunton, Tipton, Stoke, Cymbran, and Worcester.
Our facilities have a reputation for excellence and are some of the biggest and best-equipped in the country for the provision of skills and operational training within the industry. We offer level 3 and 4 standards-based apprenticeships as well as external training for other DNOs and contractors.
Training and development is a critical part of our succession planning programmes and we currently have almost 200 level 3 apprentices studying the Power Network Craftsperson Standard (PNC) as well as a number of level 4 apprentices studying the Electrical Power Network Engineer Standard (EPNE).
Following a recent inspection, Ofsted found: Apprentices develop significant new knowledge, skills, and behaviours that prepare them well for their career with WPD. They receive good teaching from experienced and knowledgeable trainers.
University of Derby
The University of Derby offers apprenticeships in priority sectors from levels 2-7. Additionally, with Buxton and Leek College as part of the University, study programmes for young people and adult learning programmes are offered. Our activities are focused on supporting the region through things like training police forces and working with large engineering firms, to supporting the development of the workforce in nationally pivotal sectors such as nursing. Through our 6 Academic Themes we engage with employers to develop a relevant curriculum and our research on impact roots our work in ensuring great value added to individuals, employers and communities as a key anchor institution.
Best Practice Network
Best Practice Network is a leading provider of apprenticeships to Education Professionals and Early Years practitioners in the country. We’ve drawn from our School Leadership and Early Years expertise to create apprenticeships delivering first class professional development to schools and nurseries funded via the Levy or co-investment. Levels range from 3 to 7 supporting practitioners learn & apply new knowledge, skills & behaviours within their career pathway. All our apprenticeships are appropriately sequenced and tailored to meet a balanced approach of blended learning, benefiting from learning activities with their tutor, guided & self-directed learning via our e-learning platforms ensuring apprentices feel ready for their end assessment.
For the past 22 years, Pathway Group has been at the forefront of supporting individuals in upskilling and reskilling.
We work with public funding initiatives to upskill or reskill people, focusing on supporting people to get sustainable and better work and ultimately building careers.
We deliver a comprehensive range of skills and training support programmes on behalf of the local and central government, such as apprenticeships and traineeships.
We’re on a mission to prepare and connect underrepresented talent to employers and support workplaces that promote diversity. Our recruitment programmes include running Career Bootcamps for apprentices, young people and getting other talented back in the workplace.
Pathway Group has an ethos of partnership work and open networking and are interested to hear from employers, other training providers and employment support organisations as well as funding bodies directly.
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Capita apprenticeships equipping learners with the knowledge to thrive in their role and the behaviours to deliver and adapt to transformation in the workplace.
Reflections Training Academy
“Educate to Innovate”
Next Level – “Move on up – Advance your skills, Unleash your Potential”
As a division we aspire to promote lifelong learning through developing inspirational, supportive, and creative training., We continue to build stronger partnerships creating opportunities for our learners and employers to be the best. We continue to build professional relationships with industry leaders and ambassadors to ensure the quality of our programmes and curriculums. All parts of the curriculum are designed with the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours fully embedded to ensure the learners success. These are continuously reviewed to ensure the high quality of delivery to our apprentices
Apprenticeships are a great alternative to 6th form, college or university – They offer a practical approach to gaining skills and qualifications and allow you to earn a salary at the same time. We work with employers from many different industries and an apprenticeship is the perfect way to learn, develop and specialise in your chosen field. With over 35 years of experience in delivery high quality training and apprenticeships, with our dedicated team of training professionals and development consultants, we will support you through your course to enable you to reach your full potential, meeting your personal aspirations.
Performance Learning Group
PLG are a national provider offering bespoke apprenticeship programmes to the hospitality sector. We pride ourselves on designing apprenticeship programmes in collaboration with our employer partners to ensure these give organisations excellent return on investment through a highly skilled and motivated workforce.
Our mission is to ” Develop sustainable careers by putting the learner and employer at the heart of everything we do, to inspire the hospitality workforce through excellent training and development.”
PLG are proud to report consistent overall success rates of 70%+ across our programmes however the real impact of our apprenticeships comes from the vast majority who stay with their employers, many of which achieve a promotion or take the next steps in their careers as a result of their development.
Let Me Play
The LMP Group is made up of 3 separate companies but with a collective mission to inspire ambition and widen horizons. LMP provides opportunities and supports social change across the UK. The focus is on education and social impact; working together to bring about positive and sustainable development.
The companies include Let Me Play Ltd. which trades as LMP Education, Inspire ATA Ltd. and LMP Action C.I.C. The various departments within these 3 companies serve schools, businesses and individuals across the UK through apprenticeships, traineeships, employability programmes, adult education, alternative education, enrichment and holiday camp programmes.
We are based in Cumbria and predominantly operate in the Nuclear and Engineering sector- however we have diverged in to other areas such as Business Admin, Teaching Assistants and Civil Engineering. The majority of our provision is apprenticeships with some commercial activity and a small cohorts of Study Programme learners.
Surrey Adult Learning
Surrey Adult Learning provides inclusive opportunities to promote learning, health and wellbeing. We inspire people to achieve their potential. With seven dedicated adult learning centres in North and Southwest Surrey, plus community venues and an extended online programme, we can meet the needs of learners in and around Surrey.
There are hundreds of courses to choose from and there is something to suit everyone, of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a beginner, want to improve your skills, gain a long-desired qualification or just fancy trying a new hobby, we’ve got the course for you.
We provide courses, workshop and lectures across all aspects of life, work and leisure.
But don’t just take our word for it…
“It’s a positive journey which allows me to progress, if I want to, and enjoy the experience of learning at the same time. Socially there are opportunities to make new friends and interact with other students too which is nice.”
“Surrey Adult Learning has had a huge impact on my life, from knowing the British Values (that I was not aware of before), to speaking and writing with confidence”
North Kent College
Until August 15th, 2020, North Kent College (‘NKC’) was one of four general further education (GFE) Colleges in Kent, sitting at the centre of three distinct geographies: London, Kent, and the Thames Gateway. We had four operational locations – Dartford, Gravesend (the two main sites), Thameside (Maritime) and Bluewater (The Learning Shop). Post August 15th, 2020, the College took over significant parts of Hadlow College and West Kent and Ashford College sites in the Tonbridge and Malling Borough area that were in Education Administration (EA). This means that NKC is now constituted by three GFE campuses, Dartford, Gravesend and Tonbridge, together with the Land-based Hadlow College.
Over the past decade NKC, Dartford & Gravesend (D&G) have consistently been the best College in Kent and Southeast London in terms of achievement results. In 2018/19, the College ranked 2nd nationally out of 169 GFE Colleges for all Level 3 achievement rates. This was an excellent improvement, as we were ranked 11th nationally in 2017/18.
The College’s Vision is to: * Consistently be recognised as a national leading vocational centre dedicated to delivering outstanding teaching & learning. * Deliver courses that continue to reflect local and regional industry needs and be in fields where we have a proven track record. * Train and educate learners who will be seen as the first choice by employers.
‘We develop businesses by developing people’…. Instep UK was established in 1992 and over the last 30 years has been a post 16 training provider of commercial leadership and management training to large corporate clients. Instep UK has been delivering apprenticeships since the Levy was introduced in 2018, assisting existing clients with their Levy spend, whilst continuing to deliver learning and development opportunities to their workforce, maintaining personalised, tailored elements within the set criteria of the apprenticeship standards.
Leadership and management is Instep UK’s core provision but we have more recently branched into the digital market, delivering Data Technician, Data Analyst, Business Analyst and Software Developer. These exciting, new additions allow us to respond to the growing needs of our clients and diversify in an ever evolving work space.
Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES)
MAES exists to connect Manchester’s adults to their potential, their community and their future.
Primarily operating from 8 centres, which are situated in the city’s priority communities, MAES work with around 7000 Manchester residents each academic year, delivering a programme which includes:– ESOL – English and Maths – Digital Skills/ICT – Preparation for Work – SEN provision – Community Learning – Vocational Employer Responsive (Pathways in Education, Health and Social Care, Leadership and Management, Mental Health and Wellbeing)
The Colleges Partnership
The Colleges’ Partnership is an award-winning vocational training provider with more than 20 years’ experience. We deliver over 5,000 apprenticeships and professional qualifications every year, uniquely tailored to meet the needs of employers like you. Our programmes give apprentices authentic workplace training to maximise their skill and productivity. By nurturing your in-house talent, you create the team that lets you rise above your competition. Our military heritage Nowadays, we service a wide range of industries including the Ministry of Defence and have been doing so for over 20yrs. We have well established relationships with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and are currently delivering highly technical apprenticeships to the British Army.
Velocity Academy delivers accredited IT, Digital, Data, Management and Administration apprenticeships. Velocity has a strong focus on quality and value for money for our provision. We deliver our programmes to a blend of local authority and private levy and SME organisations.
Creative Alliance is an Independent Training Provider that helps people get into and then get on in creative, digital and marketing roles. We trade as a social enterprise. This means we help the next generation of copy writers, designers, digital content producers, event & front of house assistants, lighting & sound engineers, digital marketers, photography assistants, software and web developers and many other roles get their foot in the door to a sustainable career. We do this through: • Careers education & pre-apprenticeship training. • Apprenticeships: we’re specialists in creative, digital and marketing apprentices. • Digital media and digital marketing training courses. We are a Work Based Learning Provider. This means we work closely with employers and our learners spend as much time as possible in the workplace. We are inspected by Ofsted and all our training is nationally accredited.
Ensis Solutions Limited
Ensis Solutions Ltd was established in 2014 by Stuart Crosby and Mike Gregory, two experienced Directors with over 35 years of combined experience within the FE and Work based learning sectors.
Ensis offers a range of Apprenticeships and work based learning programmes. We are a leading provider of Health & Social Care Courses, delivering training to adult and young people alike. Our programmes can be tailor made to suit the needs of our customers and delivered at their place of work.
Our Mission is to be an ethically chosen training provider promoting inclusivity, expertise, and quality as part of our learning and development strategies. Our Vision is to leave a legacy of highly qualified workers primarily within the Health & Social Care Sector. To support the current generation of workers and provide the steppingstones for the next. To push the boundaries of learning and development with brave and challenging curriculums that provide our learners with the tools to construct their future.
We believe that a combination of our experience, quality of teaching and learning, a national footprint with a local approach to all our customers sets us apart from our competitors.
NHBC is the UK’s leading independent provider of warranty and insurance for new-build homes. Their purpose, to raise standards in house building by championing high-quality homes and protecting homeowners, through training and quality services and by assessing, inspecting and directly insuring new homes registered with them.
NHBC’s industry-leading apprenticeship programmes – Bricklaying & Construction Site Supervisor, have been designed in collaboration with house builders using insights from the inspection service and claims handling, tailored to the needs of housing developers. Bricklaying apprentices train in a realistic site working environment at purpose-built Training Hubs – unique facilities replicating real life working conditions.
Skills for Security
Skills for Security are the UK’s largest fire and security apprenticeship provider, with 600 apprentices live on our apprenticeship programmes from Inverness down to Plymouth and everywhere in between. Skills for Security really do have a reach like no other. Our model of removing barriers to accessing high-quality apprenticeship training has seen us open six centres across the UK and grow our provision by over 500% in as little as three years. At SfS, we believe in quality. After our recent inspection, we managed to retain our good provider status, with comments made by the inspectors about our high-quality resources, curriculum that goes above apprenticeship standards, strong employer relations and relevant links with the sector. Over the next three years, we intend on working closely with employers across the UK to ensure they are able to unlock the full potential of their levy pots and increase our live apprenticeship numbers to over 3,000 as we move into new verticals across the electro-technical sector including digital, cyber, business support, fire and HVAC. Skills for Security are proud members of FIN and believe that having access to support and materials provided by FIN go a long way in helping us develop our staff, stay informed and ensure we remain relevant.