Workplace Learning

‘Skills Support for the Workforce’

In our efforts to further develop an individual’s career prospects, we have partnered with the business support expert Exemplas to provide a fully funded workplace learning scheme specifically for individuals within the labour market. We are working with businesses in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire to up-skill workforces and provide them with the motivation and confidence that leads to better staff retention and profitability for business owners.

The aim is to support local businesses and those who contribute to helping local businesses grow. We provide learners with up to date, basic to intermediate level knowledge, in the skills workers need to succeed further in their industries. All members of the workforce are eligible to enrol on the courses including the business owner or volunteers. All courses are fully funded in co-partnership with the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, so all of the workforce can be up-skilled without the added costs of training.

What’s the difference?

All courses come under the banner of workplace learning, which means all learning can be accessed at any time in the workplace or anywhere else by means of a computer.

Enabling maximum flexibility in allowing learners to work on building their skills whenever they and the employer feel is best. Learners have a year to finish the course taking away much of the added pressure of needing to get learning segments finished by a rigid time frame; same Learn Direct quality, but tailored specifically for those in employment.

What is the eligibility?

To be eligible for the courses the company must either be a sole trader or a partnership, a private limited or a voluntary/ charitable organisation. The company must have less than 250 employees, a balance sheet less than 43 million Euros or an annual turnover of less than 50 million Euros.

The company must not have received any government funding and the business must be registered in a Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire postcode. There is no limit on the amount of workers who can enrol but they must all be over the age of 19.

Workplace Learning


Access to study-related information including resources, handbooks and progression forms, examinations, submissions and results.

What happens when I enrol?

In order to enrol, a company would schedule a quick 20 minute visit with our company engagement officer to fill out a company analysis confirming details about the business’ skill needs and its health and safety procedures.

After all analysis has been done the engagement officer would seek to start enrolling any members of the workforce who want to engage in obtaining extra qualifications. The learner can then begin accessing the course anytime wherever there is a computer. If the learner does not have these facilities at home or on the business premises they would be welcome to visit one of the local CTP learn centres where they would receive hands on help from the staff. Every centre has a tutor in order to make sure that learners are getting the best help they need to grow their skills at a steady pace.

Course Information

All courses are online to allow flexible learning and funded in partnership with the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, and will be of no cost to your business.

We trust this will be of interest to you and your colleagues. We have found that employers who encourage workplace learning hold onto staff for longer, improve productivity and heighten motivation among workforces.


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