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CI Business Solutions

CI Business Solutions at Colchester Institute 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.

We provide:

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.

Working in partnerships with business

CI Business Solutions is the commercial arm of Colchester Institute and has delivered high quality business training solutions for over 25 years to local, national and international employers.  We are recognised by employers for our importance to the region’s economy.

We have an established reputation for delivering high quality, innovative training solutions that are responsive  to our customers business’ needs.

In addition to meeting your learning objectives, we ensure that all training is delivered to an excellent standard by experienced, enthusiastic and highly credible trainers who are supportive of all our learners.  Programme topics range from health and safety, trade specific training to business management.

Creating Successful Partnerships

Our courses have been developed to identify the ideal training programme to meet priority areas of employment and skills gaps in a variety of industry sectors.

We work with a wide range of businesses and companies from all sectors, whether they are self-employed/individuals, SMEs’ or large organisations, to offer employers training and development opportunities including Apprenticeships and work experience placements.

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 want to continue to work in partnership with businesses to provide exceptional training and development opportunities for both our students and your staff.

  • Short courses/CPD
  • Company training programmes – tailored/bespoke
  • Mandatory/compliance training
  • Coaching
  • Consultancy
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work experience placements
  • Talent Management
  • Venue Hire
  • Sponsorship from businesses
  • Employer forums

Business Training Advice

Our dedicated Business Training Advisors will take the time to understand your exact requirements. They will work with you to help identify the training needs and skills gaps within your organisation and will co-ordinate the training delivery and evaluation process. As part of our commitment to quality we also believe it is fundamental to evaluate your training, making sure it has a positive impact and adds value to your business.

Free Organisational Needs Analysis

During this process we will take time to:

  • Understand your business goals, aspirations and challenges
  • Clarify your objectives in developing your staff
  • Review existing practice
  • Assist you in identifying existing and potential skills gaps or areas of improvement
  • Agree the best solutions for your organisation to maximise your potential

Choose the Right Training Method

Choosing the right course is essential for your satisfaction and the success of your business. As we offer a variety of course programmes we would like to describe your options so you can choose the right one for you and your organisation.

Open Courses

Short training courses 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.

Bespoke Courses for Employers

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.


Including executive coaching, life coaching, business coaching, personal coaching: options available to help you achieve your personal or professional goals.


Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a means to harness new talent. An Apprenticeship course is an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience.

CI Business Solutions offers access to Colchester Institute Apprenticeships Scheme.

Many industries are suffering from skills shortages, making it difficult for employers to find qualified staff. By taking on an apprentice you can train the candidate to suit the needs of your business, whilst Colchester Institute can provide the training and assessment to meet the required national standards.

 Benefits for Employers:

  • Improved Productivity – Apprenticeships equip young people with the skills and knowledge to do their job more efficiently and make a contribution to your business from day one. As motivated employees, apprentices work harder and more effectively for your business.
  • Motivated people – Apprentices are motivated individuals who are keen to learn. By offering Apprenticeships you will find it easier to recruit and retain able staff.
  • Relevant training – Apprenticeships are designed by businesses in your sector to meet the needs of your business. This means that the training is always relevant and tailored to the needs of your sector by people who genuinely understand what you do.
  • Avoid skills shortages – Apprenticeships allow you to invest in your business’s future. By taking on an apprentice you keep abreast of new technology and remain competitive in the market place.


NVQs are National Vocational Qualifications for candidates who wish to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed at work. NVQ course programmes provide a mixture of practical and theoretical studies in realistic working environments.

Maintaining the refinement and development of your own skills, or that of your staff through training, is integral for maintaining the progression and effectiveness of individuals across all industry sectors. 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.

Part-time (Day-release and evening)

Colchester Institute offers a range of professional courses across a variety of sectors. Part-time day release and evening further education courses are available for those already working in their chosen industry. Continuing to be efficient and productive in the workplace is essential across any industry sector in order to produce and maintain an effective workforce.

Degree (Higher Education) Courses

We offer a unique vocational learning experience, with practical and theoretical teaching embedded in our flexible full and part-time programmes. Our courses are designed with employers’ needs in mind and incorporate industry visits, guest lecturers and work placements. Flexible delivery provides the opportunity for students to fit their studies around employment or other commitments.

Workplace NVQs

Work Place Learning – gain a qualification on the job! No need to attend the College.

CI Business Solutions offers National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) as a part of Work Place Learning Scheme (WPL). The courses are delivered on the job and you can apply for funding to help you cover the costs of training.

Work Place Learning (NVQs) and Work Based Learning (Apprenticeships).

Work Based Learning (WBL) consists of NVQ (or a similar qualification), Functional Skills and Technical Element
Work Place Learning (WPL) consists of NVQs only (no need to attend the College)
Courses we offer as a part of the WPL Scheme

Business Administration
Customer Service
Team Leading

Experienced Worker Practical Assesments (EWPA) NVQs

CI Business Solutions offers EWPA experienced worker route NVQ’s in Brickwork, Electrical Installations and Carpentry or Bench Joinery. Successful completion of the 2 day assessment results in an NVQ Level 2 in your chosen trade.

It is essential that you are either employed or self employed and are covered by Public Liability Insurance.

You should have a minimum of 5 Years industry experience.

Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Bespoke workshops or courses available delivered in your workplace or at Colchester Institute. Ideal for staff CPD. Workshops can be tailor-made to meet your needs.

As many employers are aware high levels of stress and anxiety in the workplace are a contributing factor to stress-related absences, and there is a growing need for workplace strategies that will reduce stress.