Services

Services

Business consultancy services including bid writing, business planning, strategy, business development, procurement, change.

Business consultancy services

As specialists in the Education and Skills sector we can help your organisation to develop by;

Getting Establishing

  • Initial advice to set up your training business
  • Register of Training Organisations application support
  • Register of Apprenticeship Training providers application support
  • Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations application support
  • Organisational development plans
  • Working towards that first contract

Getting Accredited

  • Awarding body accreditation support
  • MATRIX preparation
  • ISO standards

Getting Funding

  • Bid writing
  • ESF / SFA / DWP / EFA applications
  • Tender notification
  • Sub-Contracts with Prime contract holders
  • Support to work towards direct contracts

Getting Compliant

  • Risk audits
  • Quality audits
  • Pre-Ofsted preparation
  • Supply chain audits

Getting Innovative

  • Developing programmes
  • Building Vision, Mission & Values
  • Strategy planning
  • Mentoring & coaching

Getting Bigger

  • Developing sales teams
  • Developing management teams
  • Bid writing
  • Restructuring

Getting Out!

  • Advice on exiting your business
  • Succession planning
  • Selling your business

We provide Business Consultancy services to suit the needs of all our clients. We also provide bespoke services; if you don't see what you’re looking for please contact us.

Once again Education and Skills have provided an excellent service and ensured that we have got through a critically important tendering process with a minimum of stress. They did all the heavy lifting for us and ensured that we were successful in our recent bid to get onto RoATP. If you’re not used to tendering with the SFA you need to use a specialist to help and I can’t think of any one better than James and his team

Consultants

Sometimes we get stuck in the day to day operations of our business and we don’t take the time to take a step back and evaluate where we are and where we are going. Our consultants can support your organisation to move on to the next level through detailed business planning and support. 

James Hart

James Hart

James specialises in bid writing, finding funding and partnership management.

Jo McDonald

Jo McDonald

Jo has over 20 years’ experience working in the training and education sector.

Lee Croucher

Lee Croucher

Lee is a highly motivated and passionate individual with a proven track record in the Education, Sport and Business sectors

Latest news & knowledge

Quality of apprenticeships and skills training inquiry launched

The Education Committee launches inquiry into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training.

Purpose of the inquiry

While many independent training providers and further education colleges are providing excellent training, too much provision is poor. For example, Ofsted last year reported that 37% of apprenticeship providers were less than good.

The inquiry examines whether employers, learners and tax payers are getting sufficient value for the time and money invested in training, and whether more needs to be done to detect poor-quality provision.

The inquiry  also looks to uncover barriers faced by the socially disadvantaged in accessing skills training and consider how Government funding can be used to remove these barriers.