The SPƵվ offers a unique approach to help you train, recruit and develop your staff.

We are a registered charity and largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in the UK. We work with local and national employers to help our local communities grow.   

Closing the skills gap

We know that high-quality education can help close the skills gap. We take a flexible approach to develop courses that get people ready for work and meet your specific recruitment needs.

We also offer courses to support your existing staff in skills development and wellbeing.  We teach in places that others can't reach, both on your doorstep and online.

If you wish to discuss your needs further, then please contact Nick Howard, National Partnerships Manager on 07825 111536, or complete the webform below.

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Corporate social responsibility

Social justice is at our core. (Read about us and how we work here).

We work with the most disadvantaged communities to raise aspirations and develop educational opportunities for everyone.

This work includes providing basic maths, English and digital skills for employment.

Whether you are looking to improve staff recruitment or want to improve staff training and development, we can help you meet your goals. 

Our adult learning courses and training programmes can help you meet your business needs.

Recruiting staff

We know how important it is to recruit the right people, with the right skills. We offer innovative programmes to help people develop core skills to work in your sector.   

We work with you to recruit people with the right skills by creating a sector-based work academy programme (SWAPs) for your business.

We provide a tailored skills training programme for potential recruits. Once they have completed the training, they can take a voluntary placement or interview with your business.

This enables you to select the best candidates for your needs.   This puts developing the right skills in the heart of the hiring process and helps you find the right employees from the start. 

Developing your staff

Improving the skills of your staff makes a better, happier workforce.

Taking the time to develop your staff can close the skills gap as your business changes without having to recruit new staff. Taking the time to upskill and reskill your staff is a great way to keep employees engaged. 

The SPƵվ works with you to help identify the skills in your workforce. We can then create a training and development programme tailored to bridge the skill gap.  

We offer a wide range of courses to develop your staff, including:  

  • health and safety 
  • teamwork
  • digital skills 
  • time management 
  • literacy and numeracy 

We offer a wide range of sector-specific qualifications in health and social care, retail and hospitality, education, childcare and business administration.   

Speak to us today and discover how we can work together to meet your staff development needs.

Retaining your staff

Retaining talented staff is fundamental to any good business as high staff turnover is expensive.

Improving staff mental wellbeing and promoting personal development are essential in staff retention. Our courses improve staff wellbeing and give them professional development opportunities.  

If you want to know how to keep staff motivated, work with us to create a programme of employee development.

Demonstrating that employee learning is important creates an environment where your staff will thrive rather than leave. 

To help your staff take the next step, we offer courses to advance digital skills and leadership courses up to ILM Level 3 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Whether you want to upskill your current workforce or improve mental wellbeing or stress awareness, our courses will help. 

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