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CI Business Solutions
As the commercial arm of Colchester Institute, at CI Business Solutions we are committed to providing high quality training solutions to meet your business needs. Our wide range of training caters for every business, and can help you increase both your productivity, profits and workforce skills.

Every business has different training requirements. Colchester Institute understands that, and we can provide you with advice and guidance to help you identify your training needs.  We can also make you aware of employers funding opportunities you may be able to access.

Colchester Institute also offers a range of professional courses across a variety of sectors and provides an extensive range of continuous professional development (CPD) courses to support your business. These range from apprenticeships to flexible online training, whilst bite size and short courses are available to suit organisation needs. Part-time day release and evening further education courses are available for those already working in their chosen industry.

Colchester Institute has recently obtained University Centre Colchester (UCC) status for its Higher Education building/provision. Our Degree level Management and Leadership courses are developed with employers and can be studied part-time, fitting around employees work commitments.

What we offer

Working in partnerships with business
Creating Successful Partnerships
Business Training Advice
Free Organisational Needs Analysis
Choose the Right Training Method
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Business Training and CPD

Continuing to be efficient and productive in the workplace is essential across any industry sector in order to produce and maintain an effective workforce. At CI Business Solutions we are committed to providing high quality training solutions to meet the needs of employers and their workforce. Our wide range of training caters for every business, and can help you increase both your productivity, profits and workforce skills.

All businesses and employers have different training requirements and each employee has their own training needs. CI Business Solutions understands that, and we can provide you with advice and guidance to help you identify your training needs. We can also make employers aware of any funding initiatives that you may be able to access.

Whats in it for me? Benefits to your business:

  • Improving employee skills through training and development adds value to businesses by supporting development and growth
  • Enhancing the professional development of your workforce increases employee motivation and career development
  • Supporting the personal development and professional training needs of your workforce boosts employee well-being and staff retention

Bespoke Courses and Training Solutions

Do you have a group of staff members requiring training?

Do you find it difficult to send staff off-site?

CI Business Solutions has the answer…with our flexible training programmes.

Either tailor your personal requirements or start from scratch to create your perfect bespoke training programme. This option is particularly cost effective if you want to train a number of staff at the same time. With our flexible delivery at your premises or a venue of your choosing you can be sure we will help you make the most of your budget.

We also offer businesses a selection of bespoke training opportunities with flexible delivery. These range from industry certification to accredited professional programmes of study, which can either be tailored to meet your personal requirements or created from scratch in order to create your perfect bespoke training programme.

We understand that every business is different and that you may require a course to meet needs unique to you and your business. Choose to tailor a standard course to your personal requirements or let us work with you to create your perfect bespoke training programme incorporating your policies if required.

BUSINESS TRAINING SOLUTIONS

Professional Business Training Solutions

Popular existing training, which can also be adapted to your needs, includes:

  • Management Development Programmes
  • Team Leader Development Programmes
  • Mediation Skills
  • Chairing Meetings
  • Minute and Note Taking
  • Bid Writing
  • Formal Writing
  • Online Marketing for Real Results
  • Invisible Sales
  • Build Effective Marketing Communications
  • Maximising Sales from Trade Shows and Exhibitions
  • International E-Commerce Success
  • Audit Training
  • Project Management
  • Sales Development
  • Appraisal Training
  • Managing Sickness Absence, Performance Management & Appraisal SkillsObjection Training
  • Networking Masterclass
  • The Art of Communicating to Win
  • Managers/Directors Short Sharp Shock
  • Debriefing Training
  • Values and Attitudes
  • Management Development Programmes
  • Team Leadership Skills
  • 1:1 Coaching
  • HR
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Telephone Handling
  • Safeguarding Coaching
  • Presenting Short Training Briefings
  • Stress Management
  • Managing Stress and Pressure
  • Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Resolving Conflict
  • LinkedIn, You and Your Business

Did you know FULL funding is available to support businesses fill skills gaps requiring digital technology expertise?

You can train as many of your team as needed, and each staff member can complete a selection of the programmes on offer.

To qualify for this funding opportunity organisations should have less than 250 staff and be based within Essex.

We will work in partnership with you to select the most appropriate training solutions that meets the needs of your team. The skills development package on offer includes:

  • organisation and individual employee training needs analysis;
  • training must be at a high level (Level 3 and above) and focus on IT/digital technical skills;
  • option for fully accredited units/qualifications and/or bespoke training, as required, and solutions can be delivered at a time and venue to suit the business.
Examples of programmes which are fully funded include:

  • Level 3 Software Installation and Upgrade
  • Level 3 CompTIA Network +
  • Level 4 Technical Fault Diagnosis
  • Various CISCO options
  • Level 4 Communicating using Digital Marketing/Sales Channels

A full list of funded programmes can be found below:

Level 3 ICT Professional Competence Diploma Units Available  Credit value Duration
Level 3 Customer Care in ICT 12 50 hours
Level 3 Health & Safety in ICT 12 36 hours
Level 3 Interpersonal & written communication 12 50 hours
Level 3 Develop own effectiveness & professionalism 9 20 hours
Level 3 Investigating & defining customer requirements for ICT systems 12 36 hours
Level 3 Remote support for products & services 12 50 hours
Level 3 Security of ICT systems 12 50 hours
Level 3 Software installation & upgrade 12 50 hours
Level 3 System operation 12 50 hours
Level 3 Technical advice & guidance 12 36 hours
Level 3 Technical fault diagnosis 12 36 hours
Level 3 IT Project management 10 20 hours
Level 3 Testing ICT systems 12 50 hours
Level 3 Working with ICT hardware & equipment 12 50 hours
Level 3 Computer games development 10 36 hours
Level 3 System management 12 36 hours
Level 3 User profile administration 9 36 hours
Level 3 Creating an object orientated computer program using C++ 12 36 hours
Level 3 Creating an event driven computer program using Visual Basic 12 36 hours
Level 3 Creating an object oriented computer program using Java 12 36 hours
Level 3 Creating an event driven software computer program 12 36 hours
Level 3 Creating an object oriented computer program using C# 12 36 hours
Level 3 Managing software development 12 36 hours
Level 3 Quality management of ICT products & services 12 50 hours
Level 3 Imaging software 5 20 hours
Level 3 Database software 6 36 hours
Level 3 Using email 3 10 hours
Level 3 Using the internet 5 20 hours
Level 3 Presentation software 6 20 hours
Level 3 Spreadsheet software 6 36 hours
Level 3 Website software 5 20 hours
Level 3 Word processing software 6 36 hours
Level 3 Desktop publishing software 5 18 hours
Level 3 Design software 5 18 hours
Level 3 Linux Professional Institute 201 10 36 hours
Level 3 Linux Professional Institute 202 10 36 hours
Level 3 Fundamentals of Linux based operating systems 7 18 hours
Level 3 Configure & manage Linux based operating systems 12 36 hours
Level 3 Implement & manage a network 10 36 hours
Level 3 Securing ICT systems & networks 9 36 hours
Level 3 Fundamentals of Linux based operating systems 14 36 hours
Level 3 Administering server databases 12 36 hours
Level 3 Administering a Windows based server 11 36 hours
Level 3 Configuring advanced Windows server services 12 36 hours
Level 3 Configuring Windows based systems 12 36 hours
Level 3 Installing & configuring Windows based servers 11 36 hours
Level 3 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript & CSS3 11 20 hours
Level 3 Implementing a Windows based data warehouse 10 20 hours
Level 3 Managing a Windows based system 11 36 hours
 Level 3 Digital Marketing Diploma Units Available  Credit value Duration
Principles of keywords & optimisation 5 10 hours
Analyse & report data 6 10 hours
Principles of Social Media advertising & promotion 6 10 hours
Content Management System website creation 7 12 hours
Website software 5 10 hours
Principles of Social Media within a Business 6 10 hours
Using collaborative technologies 6 10 hours
Social Networking Management for a business 7 12 hours
Creating & optimising content for the Web 7 12 hours
Principles of Mobile Social Media for a business 5 12 hours
Understanding Customer Relationship Management for creative business 3 10 hours
Communicating using digital marketing / sales channels 4 12 hours
Digital Media Diploma Units Available Credit value Duration
L4 Communicating using Digital Marketing/Sales Channels 4 26 hours
L3 Obtain assets for use in Interactive Media 5 30 hours
L3 Rig and Manage cables for TV and Video Productions 5 30 hours
L3 Produce copy for interactive media 7 40 hours
L3 Create Ideas for production 6 40 hours
L5 Understanding Legal and Ethical requirements 5 40 hours
L3 Undertake image asset management 5 40 hours
L3 Undertake image asset management 5 40 hours
L3 Prepare Image Output 6 50 hours
L3 Plan and Organise the photographic assignment 7 50 hours
L3 Prepare Image Output 6 50 hours
L3 Plan and Organise the photographic assignment 7 50 hours
L3 Manage and market own freelance services 6 60 hours
L3 Create 2D Animations Products 10 60 hours
L3 Edit Audio visual Journalistic Material 7 60 hours
L3 Record Audio visual Journalistic material 7 60 hours
L3 Provide Assistance to the camera crew during multi-camera shoot 9 80 hours
UCC School of Business and Management, and Information Technology offer a range of Level 4 and above programmes Duration
Level 4 Introduction to Programming in Python 45 hours
Provides learners with an understanding of programming using Python applications as examples, and also to apply the skill in the basic input output control of typical Internet of Things (IoT) devices
No external certification
We provide delivery, learning materials, CI certificate of attendance
Level 4 Introduction to Programming in Java 45 hours
Provides learners with an understanding of programming using Java applications as examples, and also to apply the skill in the basic input output control of typical Internet of Things (IoT) devices
No external certification
We provide delivery, learning materials, CI certificate of attendance
Level 4 Introduction to Programming in C 45 hours
Provides learners with an understanding of programming using C applications as examples, and also to apply the skill in the basic input output control of typical Internet of Things (IoT) devices
No external certification
We provide delivery, learning materials, CI certificate of attendance
CCNA 1 Introduction to networking 45 hours
Provides learners with information on how to: Build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches, employ basic cabling and network designs to connect devices and design, calculate and apply IP addressing schemes and subnet masks
If learners complete CCNA1 and CCNA2, they will be prepared for Cisco ICND1 exam (not included)
Delivery, learning materials, Cisco end of stage certificate
CCNA 2 Routing and switching 45 hours
Provides learners how to: design, install, operate, and troubleshoot small to medium size networks including the configuration of switches, connecting to LANs, Wireless LANs and WANs
If learners complete CCNA1 and CCNA2, they will be prepared for Cisco ICND1 exam (not included)
Delivery, learning materials, Cisco end of stage certificate
Level 4 Introduction to MS Windows Server Installation & Administration 45 hours
Provides learners with hands-on instruction and practices on installing and administering Windows Server 2012 R2, including Active Directory Domain Services, Group Policy Infrastructure, File Services.
If learners complete the module, they will be prepared for the Microsoft 70-410 Administering Windows Server 2012 exam (not included)
We provide delivery, learning materials, CI certificate of attendance
Level 4 Introduction to Cloud Computing 45 hours
Provides learners with an introduction of cloud platform products and services, and how to choose appropriate application deployment environment on cloud platform with hands-on instruction and practice.
No external certification
We provide delivery, learning materials, CI certificate of attendance
Level 4 Introduction to ITIL foundation 45 hours
Provides learners with an introduction of the ITIL framework of best practices in IT support service management with scenario based workshops and role play.
If learners complete the module, they will be prepared for the ITIL foundation exam (not included)
We provide delivery, learning materials, CI certificate of attendance
Level 4 Introduction to Linux operating system 45 hours
Provides learners with an understanding of the basic concepts of hardware, processes, programs and the components of the Linux Operating System, how to work on the command line with files, as well as system security, users/groups and file permissions for public and private directories.
If learners complete the module, they will be preapred for the Linux Professional Institute LPI-010 Linux Essentials exam (not included)
We provide delivery, learning materials, CI certificate of attendance
Level 4 Introduction to Internet of Things 45 hours
Introduces learners to the fundamental concepts and technologies that enable the IoE, the impact of the Internet of Everything, and the interactions between people, process, data, and things that form the Internet of Everything.
No external certification
We provide delivery, learning materials, CI certificate of attendance

Please browse through the areas of study below to see the range of professional courses offered through CI Business Solutions and Colchester Institute.

Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the commitment to lifelong learning and achieving by which individuals can enhance their employability and career prospects, therefore ensuring they remain competitive and continue to be effective, proficient and knowledgeable in their employment field and industry sector.

Open Courses for Individuals: CPD

Short training courses and workshops open to anyone who would like to attend; developed in a diverse range of subject areas. Courses are held regularly throughout the year on specified dates.

Many of our Business and Management courses are open courses that are available to individuals who wish to further their professional development.

These short courses are scheduled throughout the year, usually lasting for half or a full day, and are delivered by tutors with a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise. Many of these courses can be adapted to suit your requirements should you require them on an in-company basis or a convenient date for you.

Degrees in work – Degree apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships offer a new route into higher education. Undertaking a degree in the workplace offers a different perspective from traditional higher-level education study by allowing a learner to earn a full-time wage whilst simultaneously studying for a higher level qualification.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is a Trailblazer Apprenticeship that has been developed by a group of employers, in partnership with a number of Higher Education Institutions (Providers), and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Employer-led standards provide specialist industry-based and academically credible training, allowing your apprentice to acquire higher level skills that can lead to professional accreditation and membership. The recognised professional CMI qualification that your apprentice will bring back to the business is built into course, providing value for money and a return on investment by bringing back up to date knowledge from college.

What are the benefits for employers?

  • Employers can nurture emerging talent by making the most of their Apprenticeship Levy contributions, whilst their apprentice will achieve a degree alongside valuable work experience
  • Employers will be able to produce their own graduates whilst attracting and retaining good quality staff and developing emerging talent in their existing workforce
  • Work-based learning is cost-effective training option that can be used to target specific skills gaps as well as meeting the needs of your business and employees
  • Employers will benefit from the fresh thinking and up-to-date knowledge and skills that can be incorporated into current practice by your apprentice

Our Address

CI Business Solutions,
Colchester Institute,
Sheepen Road,
Colchester,
Essex
CO3 3LL

Contact Details

Telephone 01206 712727
Fax 01206 563351
Email business.solutions@colchester.ac.uk

Opening Times

Monday -Thursday 08.15 – 17.00
Friday 08.15 – 16.30
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CI Business Solutions is conveniently located in the North of Colchester, within easy reach of the A12. It is situated on the Colchester Institute Campus, Sheepen Road, which runs off Colne Bank Avenue (The Avenue of Remembrance), and West Way.

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