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Recruiting now

The Skills for Growth programme is nearing its end. Below is a list of the final training courses open for enrolments until the end of August 2023. 


UK Skills Academy (Sister organisation to North West Skills Academy) 

Digital Skills for Growth and Productivity - UK Skills Academy

Digital knowledge and technical skills are becoming more important in a constantly evolving digital world. UK Skills Academy will offer level 3 and equivalent training as part of their Digital Skills for Growth and Productivity programme aimed at digital leadership and digital skills for business.

Health and Social Care

Acorn Training

Health and Social Care ESF Skills for Growth - Acorn Training

The health and social care industry experienced challenges prior to Covid-19 pandemic. Acorn Training has curated a specialised programme to tackle these challenges, focusing on encouraging progression in the industry and teaching technical skills to support staff.

Early Years 

Acorn Training

Early Years - Acorn Training

Acorn Training will focus on upskilling individuals who work with children from birth to age five to better understand and support early development and learning.

It also offers the option to work with employers and employees to create bespoke training bundles suited to individual needs. 

Allies in Cancer Care

The University of Salford 

Allies in Cancer Care training - The University of Salford 

This training programme has been designed for Allied Health Professionals with a greater understand of what it means to support someone living with cancer and equip them with the skills needed to provide better patient care.

It will run exclusively online, offering live events and recorded sessions, as well as useful resources and wider reading.


Instep UK

LEAN Manufacturing and Management Skills - Instep UK

Training will focus on giving managers and aspiring managers the knowledge they need to move towards a person-led way of working.

Technical training will also be provided to staff who need to learn about the tools and techniques needed for improved activity, such as mapping production processes, problem solving and making workplaces more efficient – otherwise known as ‘lean’ manufacturing.


Seetec Outsource

Logistics Skills - Seetec

The logistics industry is going through unprecedented and rapid transformation, paving the way for innovation and change. In a post-Brexit world, logistics businesses are also facing new challenges around the rules of import and export. 

Training will focus on upskilling in the planning, control and scheduling aspects of the sector as well as navigating new import and export processes. 

Green Skills

Growth Company

Accelerating Net Zero opportunities (

The Accelerating Net-Zero Opportunities training programme has been developed with more than 15 employers who work in the industry, from construction to retrofitting, and is made up of in-person, virtual and self-guided learning.

Learners will be able to develop technical skills in electric vehicle technology, as well as low carbon skills.

Media, creative and cultural

Reform Radio

Reform launches new ‘In Focus’ creative courses. - Reform Radio

Individuals will learn a variety of skills ranging from music production to podcasting, social media and marketing strategies to filming and concept production. There will also be bespoke Carbon Literacy training, stress management and tailored well-being workshops.

Cross-sector opportunities

The below training programmes are suitable for businesses working across a range of sectors. Training is not industry specific.

Project Management (Growth Company)

Project Management for All - GC Education and Skills

Engagement with businesses has identified a need to upskill people with project management skills, particularly where individuals are not currently working in specific project management roles. This training could be relevant to smaller organisations where one person has more than one key responsibility.

The shift to home and hybrid working throughout the pandemic has dispersed staff, making project working and collaboration harder in many organisations. This training will focus on management and leadership qualities, as well as supporting learners with future progression into a project management role.

Professional Skills (Growth Company)

Powering Up Professional Skills (PUPS) (

The Growth Company has worked with more than 30 employers to identify skills gaps and develop the Powering Up Professional Skills programme.

Participants will learn cross-cutting skills such as HR, customer service and digital skills. Modules will focus on digital skills, management and leadership, people management, customer services, conflict management and other topics.


Closed opportunities

The below training programmes have now come to an end and will not be taking further cohorts of learners.

Blue Light Services 

Seetec Outsource

Blue Light Services - Seetec Outsource 

The Blue Light Development Academy aims to support blue light staff with career development and personal well-being. Individuals can learn a range of skills including British Sign Language, Presentation Skills, Leadership and Management, Digital Skills and Stress Management.


SB Skills Solutions Ltd 

The Skills for Growth programme - SB Skills Solutions

Training will focus on leadership and management within the construction sector, giving managers and aspiring managers the knowledge they need to move towards a person-led way of working. These qualifications will enhance future team leaders and supervisors to help improve the company outlook and individual competence.

This course is now fully subscribed, please visit our Skills Bootcamps website for further construction training programmes.



Digital Careers Upskill Programme - Serco

Not only is it important to upskill employees already working in the digital sector but it needs to be easier for employed people to transition into the industry. That’s what makes Serco’s programme special. There are two strands to the Digital Careers Upskill Programme focusing on these two priorities.

This course is now closed and is no longer taking enrolments. Please visit our Skills Bootcamps website for further digital training opportunities.


NGTC Group

Next Gen Security and Events

Safety is paramount in the workplace and at public events. From working as a close protection operative to a security supervisor, there are many vital roles that play a huge part in keeping members of the public, employees and residents safe in Greater Manchester. After working with employers in the city-region, NGTC Group created short courses that met sector and business needs.