CI Business Solutions is the B2B arm of Colchester Institute, providing high quality training solutions for your business needs.
We provide a wide range of an extensive range of continuous professional development (CPD) courses and training across a multitude of industries, and can help you or your business increase productivity, profits and workforce skills. 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 and trade sectors.
Everyone has different training requirements. We understand that, and will provide you with advice and guidance to help you identify your training needs. 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.
- Ongoing training and assessment services for companies and individuals from the utilities industries
- A full range of electrical training courses and qualifications including essential City and Guilds accredited Electrical training for installers, supervisors and maintenance personnel
- Comprehensive Apprenticeship support to your business every step of the way
- Professional workshops, short courses and customised training for a variety of industries
- Fully-funded digital skills training for SME businesses
- CPD courses and qualifications for individual and workforce development
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.
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 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 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 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
Course Types – Choose the Right Training Method
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.
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.
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?
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
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 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
- Work experience placements
- Talent Management
- Venue Hire
- Sponsorship from businesses
- Employer forums
Work with us – In partnership with businesses
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.
The department of education (DfE) have made a commitment that all 16-19 year old students following a technical education route will be entitled to a quality industry placement to arm them with the relevant skills they need to give them the best possible opportunity to enter skilled employment.
Why is this happening?
Industry placements are gradually being introduced to replace ‘work placements’, will be a mandatory part of new T levels being introduced over the next few years, which are designed to support entry to skilled employment in technical occupations at level 3 and above. A substantial, high quality placement with an external employer will be an essential part of each T level.
How is this different to work experience?
Work experience typically involves a student shadowing you for 1 to 2 weeks and most likely not necessarily having studied a relevant course to your industry. Industry placements will be for a minimum of 45 days with students who are studying an industry related course and after a period of induction, they can add value to your business.
What are the benefits to my organisation/business?
- A step into apprenticeships: A fantastic opportunity to get to know your potential apprentices of the future and ensure they are the right fit for your organisation.
- Additional resources to help during busy periods
- The second year students chosen by tutors are high achieving in qualifications relating to your industry and work ready
- You will become a recognised *Industry Placement Employer*
- No obligatory cost to your organisation. It is at the employer’s discretion if they want to pay the student or compensate for expenses such as travel
Want to know more?
If you are interested in becoming an Industry Placement Employer, please submit your contact details, including company name and industry sector using the below form.
Our team will then work with you in order to assess your business needs and find the most suitable industry placement options for you.
CI Business Solutions,
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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.