Top Midlands company praise CT Skills for training impact

Wednesday, November 15 2017

A leading company in the Midlands has praised CT Skills for the impact our training is having on their management team.

J. Tomlinson – a company that deliver integrated building solutions – have been working with us to provide their managers with opportunities to increase their skills set for the past year.

While there was initial scepticism about the need for existing management to undertake NVQs and apprenticeships, the whole team are now converted and believers in the benefits and outcomes.

Julian Webber is the head of learning and development for J. Tomlinson – who won the ‘Company of the year’ award at the 2017 Nottingham Post Business Awards.

He said: “We decided to work with CT Skills because our previous providers were not delivering to expectations. CT Skills seemed more willing to understand our needs and work with us to deliver suitable solutions for our business.

“Over the past year we have worked with [CT Skills] across a number of activities, most notably with Management NVQs / Apprenticeships. The delegates in question were existing managers but to whom management education was quite alien – some were willing to take part while others less so.

“We wanted to evidence competence to do the role but didn’t want a tick-box exercise, so CT Skills agreed to deliver a bespoke model based around the priorities identified by us. 

“Their delivery of the workshops has been first-class, quelling the initial resistance almost immediately and really engaging our managers, as evidenced in both their confidence and competence as managers.”  


  • 92 per cent of employers said that their apprenticeship programme produced better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction

  • Talent loss can be reduced by as much as 87 per cent through effective managers who strive continually to improve their own skill set, engage their teams and implement strategy

  • Businesses report an average productivity growth of £214 a week per apprenticeship

  • 66 per cent of employers said their apprenticeship programme made them more competitive in their industry

  • New-style apprenticeships have been developed with employers to address the changing needs of UK businesses

Why upskill your management team now?

Political uncertainty, triggered by an unstable Government and the ongoing Brexit negotiations, is causing businesses to be reluctant about making investments – including staff retention and recruitment.  

So, at this time of uncertainty the importance of upskilling existing staff has never been more relevant.

And, crucially, it’s never been easier and more beneficial to do so.

Companies can do this by putting their management staff onto an apprenticeship course.

It doesn’t matter what level of management they are or how old they are; if they don’t already have a management qualification then there are so many benefits to be had.

CT Skills offer up to a Level 5 apprenticeship qualification in Leadership and Management.

Contact one of our dedicated business development managers to arrange your initial consultation on 0115 959 9544 or email


By Jarrad Johnson, PR & Communications Executive