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At Central, we’re proud to work with a number of partners providing quality training and courses. Find out more about our partners below.

Advance Care Training

Owned and run by two nurses (learning disability) Lisa Duff and Karen Martin, Advance Care Training provides a high quality and needs-led service delivering vocational qualifications and training across the health and social care sector. With many years’ experience of assessment, training provision and employer engagement Lisa and Karen are dedicated to improving learners’ experience and maximising partnership with employers and other stakeholders.

As a small company, we pride ourselves on the support we offer to individual learners to guide them throughout their learning in order to maximise their potential. We are committed to our learners to enable them to develop, grow and achieve their qualification and to enrich the skills and knowledge needed for them to fulfil their role.

Visit the Advance Care Training website.


CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity, and a single voice for the sector.

Central College Nottingham is proud to be a Further Education partner of CIMSPA.

Visit the CIMSPA website

City College Nottingham

City College Nottingham, a local community led College offering a wide variety of courses and learning opportunities.

Being a community led provision we cater for the local community’s needs and surrounding areas, operating from the main site on Carlton Road to the county of Nottinghamshire and into the East Midlands.

Unique access to our local sports centre KK Sports, were we can offer subsidised access to students’ needs.
Courses in Apprenticeships for 16-18, 19-23, 24+ across a wide range of opportunities, linked to local employers and placements, we offer NAS support to employers and applicants.

HE provision covering a level of courses for students wishing to gain higher national accreditation.

FE provision providing access to ESOL, ICT courses, Functional Skills, Construction skills.

Community Led provision supporting access to ESOL, Fashion, Functional Skills.

Support for unemployed people to access the College’s Job Shop provision and weekly drop in sessions for all ages in career advice.

Visit the City College Nottingham website.


In today’s competitive job market looking for work without experience can be challenging. Many employers are seeking qualified people with years of relevant experience.

If you can relate to this challenge then an Apprenticeship with Geason may be a perfect solution for you. Our apprenticeships offer a combination of learning and working with all the benefits you get being a student and an employee.

Geason specialise in the energy efficient, low carbon construction sector, delivering Insulation apprenticeships and qualifications across the UK. We work with many reputable companies, to offer you the best chance of getting the job you want. We are also now branching to cover other construction areas such as Roofing and Tiling along with Customer Service and Business Administration for office based roles. We offer the highest standards of training to meet the expectations of your future employer.

Geason gives you an alternative to university, college, or a job without structured training, making it possible to earn a wage and follow your career goals. All of our opportunities offer permanent full time employment and provide with City & Guilds qualifications.

Visit the Geason website.


GRA is an independent provider with delivery premises in Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby. We specialise primarily in basic skills subjects including Functional Skills (English, Maths and ICT(, ESOL(English for Speakers of Other Languages), IT & Computing andProgressions. The majority of courses are accredited though NOCN with levels covered from basic Entry 1 through to Level 2. Whilst some delivery is employer based the majority are in our well-equipped delivery rooms (including IT facilities) located in easily accessible sites with good parking. Our strengths and success (over 88% retention and achievement in the current year) is due to:

  • experienced, qualified tutors
  • good facilities and resources [including free tea and coffee!]
  • accessible knowledgeable staff [many bi –lingual in French, Spanish, Polish and other eastern European languages]
  • convenient session times including evenings and weekends
  • excellent mentoring and support services

GRA is small enough to be flexible enough to adapt to learner needs but has the expertise and commitment to successfully deliver what funders and learners seek.

Visit the GRA website.

JTJ Workplace Solutions

JTJ Workplace Solutions are an established workforce development company specialising in providing a fully tailored learner journey for all individuals, starting at pre-employment and culminating in fully skilled workforces.

JTJ aims to provide the highest quality provision and success rates for its learners across all programme areas in its endeavour to achieve compliance, consistency and continuous improvement as this enables us to teach learners to high standards using appropriate and varied learner-centred methodologies.

Our exceptional success rates and our current Prime Contractors will bear out that we consistently hit and exceeds our targets whilst still adhering to all compliance and quality standards

Learning Curve Group

Learning Curve is based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and has traded as a private training company for the past eight years.

Learning Curve is an approved SFA/EFA provider and has extensive experience of both direct and subcontracted delivery and its associated audit/QA requirements. Although North East based offer training programmes nationwide via well-established partnership arrangements with FE Colleges and private training organisations.

Success rates on our Flexible Learning programmes are well above the national benchmark for this type of short course provision, averaging at 92% for 2011/12 and 93% for 2012/13.

Our track record in delivering very high success rates, combined with 100% audit/QA compliance on all SFA/ESF contracts delivered to date enables us to position the business as a very low risk option with the various funding partners/agencies we work with. We believe our credibility in the marketplace will be a key factor in securing future SFA/EFA direct funding allocations and FE delivery subcontracts in 2013 and beyond.

Visit the Learning Curve website.

Manatec Training

National training company, Manatec Training, has been delivering quality solutions since 1983 utilising their assessor, trainer and IQA network from Carlisle in the North to Cornwall in the South and everywhere in between. Historically work centred around supporting commercial Health and Safety consultancy and training which over time has blossomed into the provision of other training notably first aid, fire and food hygiene. Work which is managed from their North East Lincolnshire Centre.

Many of the Manatec clients came from the Care sector and as such created a demand for other training requirements, maths and English support as well as Health & Social Care (H&SC) NVQ’s. Over the past 15 years Manatec has worked with the college network as a sub contracted partner, sourcing new learners, progressing their learning through to achievement in a number of awards. In addition to H&SC these included Customer Service, Team Leading, Housekeeping, Business Admin, Management and more recently L5 H&SC. In addition maths and English support continues to be provided, these days under the Functional Skills programme.

Funding for these various awards has been drawn down via college partners and has seen many twists and turns, predominantly these days funding is through the apprenticeship programme. For the future who knows! What we do know is that Manatec is pleased to be a partner of Central College Nottingham and looks forward to continuing that relationship for years to come what ever twists and turns may lie ahead.

Visit the Manatec website.

Mitre Group

Mitre Group is one of the UK’s leading skills development organisations offering employers and employees high level bespoke programmes to support performance improvement. Mitre works with clients ranging from Blue Chip corporates to small local businesses and takes the time to get to know the business so that training is tailored to meet the business needs. Much of their accredited training is eligible for Government funding and to date Mitre has supported over 2,000 organisations and 15,000 employees in this way.

Accredited training programmes include Leadership and Management, Business Improvement Techniques, PE & School Sport Support, Sports Development, Sports Leadership, Activity Leadership, Business & Administration, Customer Care, Manufacturing Operations and Spectator Safety. Mitre also provides consultancy in areas such as organisation restructuring, skills needs analysis, competency profiling and performance management systems.

Visit the Mitre Group website.

NCC Skills

NCC Skills are one of the largest and most successful providers of English and Maths qualifications in England.
We work in partnership with colleges, consortia and private training companies to provide unrivalled teaching. Our outstanding results speak for themselves.
In the last academic year alone we have:

  • Supported over 11,000 learners - within 850 companies
  • With an overall success rate of 96%

Our expert teachers work tirelessly to engage and motivate learners to help them to progress and be more successful, in not only their work life but home life too.

Unlocking the learning potential in adults is something we are committed to achieving. Helping people (including the most hard to reach) to gain English and Maths skills can often be a catalyst for them to want to achieve and progress their learning further. This benefits not only the learner but employers too.

Our pre-eminent learning solutions are tried and tested and our individualised learning approach gives both learners and employers exceptional results.

Visit the NCC Skills website.

University of Derby

Central College Nottingham is an approved partner of the University of Derby.

The University of Derby is a Top 50 UK university* and provides students with the best possible start in their careers through excellent teaching, delivered in cutting-edge facilities by staff who are experts in their field. 96% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree**.

*The Guardian University Guide 2017
** HESA 2016, graduating class over 2000

Visit the University of Derby website

White Rose Beauty Colleges

Established since 1987, the White Rose Beauty Colleges is today the largest and most prestigious independent beauty therapy training provider in the UK. Training over two thousand learners a year, across six centres of excellence, the White Rose centres are all located in stunning accommodation have central locations with cutting edge facilities.

We offer the highest quality of training. Whether you are a mature learner or a school leaver you will be provided with bespoke training to ensure you have the skills to be world class in your chosen path. White Rose Colleges are recognised by all within the industry as outstanding with extensive links to a network of employers. Programmes are available on a full time, part time or evening basis to allow for maximum flexibility.

White Rose offers training with all major awarding bodies. Is a “centre of excellence” with ITEC, a “flagship” centre with VTCT, is a Habia school member and has outstanding reviews from Ofsted.

Visit the White Rose Beauty Colleges website.


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