Course Types – 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.

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.
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

Workplace NVQs

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.

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)