CT Skills is a family-owned training and recruitment provider with over 20 years’ experience in delivering a variety of programmes for the benefit of learners and businesses across the Midlands and beyond. We support young people and adults into education and work by giving them the skills and qualifications they need to thrive.
We offer apprenticeships, traineeships and skills training programmes as well as direct routes into work through our Sector Based Work Academies – where we deliver qualifications and a guaranteed job interview with an employer with live vacancies.
We also provide regular impartial careers guidance for people of all ages within our community, while coming up with unique programmes which help to solve social issues we come across.
Our principles and commitment to social responsibility are vital for our values-driven business. Everything we do is essentially about supporting people by giving them opportunities to go and be who they want to be and, in many cases, turn their lives around.
We’re proud to support some of the most disadvantaged but talented people in the region into sustainable jobs and apprenticeships.
Many people who come to us have been let down by society in some way – either they didn’t flourish at school and now want to gain some qualifications or they have struggled to find any work in a career they enjoy.
We help people like John Crew (51) who was homeless just weeks before he came to us. Within three weeks of being on our construction programme, he had passed his health and safety qualifications and gained his CSCS card which meant he could work on a building site. He’s now building homes in and around Nottingham.
We help people like 58-year-old Paul Johnson who lost his sales job of 30 years when the company he worked for went through a reorganisation. Within three weeks of joining us, Paul had gained a health and social care qualification and had successfully been employed by one of our clients. He’s now loving his new rewarding career looking after autistic adults.
Providing people with apprenticeship opportunities is also rewarding for us – especially when our learners “wouldn’t want to go back to a classroom” like Elaine Hodgkinson (30) who’s working in a nursery while studying childcare.
Then there’s the example of Matt Bennett (19) – a business admin apprentice who said: “If school had been like CT Skills I would’ve enjoyed it and achieved more while I was there.”
Even if we can simply improve someone’s confidence, then that’s a job well done for us. When a young girl called Bethany (21) joined us, she described herself as a “broken clock”. She left us as a “new person” and is now in employment.
If we see an issue in our community, we try to be proactive and go out there to fix it. We came across some research which suggested young people were most at risk of being led astray during the summer months while not at school. We sought to solve that head-on by setting up a Summer Job Shop where those aged 16-24 could come along and we’d provide them with breakfast every day, as well as workshops and enrichment activities geared towards improving their employability and their life chances. It was a tremendous success.
And we don’t simply treat our learners as human resources for potential employers either. We treat them as human beings. That’s why we bring in NHS staff to talk about sex, alcohol and drugs and teach about how to make the right choices and be safe. We do that not because we have to, but because we care.
That’s what we do. Our youth engagement work, our learner outcomes, our commitment to reducing the number of people not in education, employment or training (NEET) makes us stand out from the crowd.
In 2016, Ofsted said of us: “The values place at the heart of the company the importance of meeting the needs of employers and learners, with priority given to learners with significant barriers to progression such as low prior attainment, self-esteem or underdeveloped employability skills.
“All staff have an excellent understanding of the values and the part they play in promoting them through their work with learners.”
We continue to support companies with their recruitment and workforce solutions. One of our apprenticeship levy clients is bus company trentbarton.
Their head of training Joe Maher said: “What stood out to me was CT Skills’ approach to working with us. It was immediate to see that it was a partnership.
“Everything was tailored to our business strategy and our needs. From the apprenticeship framework to assessors coming to our inductions to get a feel for the company, there was always that partnership approach.”
Our goals moving forward are to continue the good work that we achieved with 4,000 learners last year and expand our influence and impact to even more individuals and businesses across the region.
We are growing rapidly as a business – recently opening two new learning centres in Mansfield and one in Chesterfield. Our apprenticeship delivery has also expanded away from our traditional home and into South Yorkshire and Shropshire.
Our main aim is to do this while holding our values dear to us: Pride, Respect, Accountability, Integrity and Service Excellence (PRAISE).
This is who we are and what we do.
By Jarrad Johnson, PR & Communications Executive