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About us

The Growth Company Education & Skills, formerly The Skills Company, is one of the largest providers of work-based learning for young people and adults.

We've been established for 30 years, making us experts in our field.

We’ve supported thousands of young people who want to kick-start their careers, and adults who want to raise their skill level throughout their working life and achieve their full potential.

We are a not-for-profit company - this means we focus on getting better at what we do and invest all of our energy and resources into improving the quality of our training and your learning experience.

We offer a huge range of apprenticeships, traineeships and courses for people throughout their working lives. As well as practically based training, we also offer a wide range of classroom-based courses designed to cater for all levels and all ages. Our apprenticeships are designed with progression in mind so you can move on to advanced apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships and, in some occupations, on to higher education.

GMAC

The Growth Company is proud to be a member of the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC): a partnership with nine colleges in the Greater Manchester Colleges Group.

European Social Fund

As a provider of apprenticeships to 16- 18 year olds, The Growth Company is able to access funding from The Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

Prospectus

Download our new prospectus - there's everything you need to know about apprenticeships, part-time degrees and more.

Subcontracting

The Growth Company (GC) is committed to promoting supply chain excellence with our subcontractors and is accredited to the Merlin Standard.

Fellowship of Inspection Nominees (FIN)

We are proud to be a member of FIN. The Fellowship of Inspection Nominees (FIN) is a unique membership organisation that provides invaluable assistance and guidance to support the nominee and quality team, ensuring high quality delivery of ESFA funded learning programmes

RateMyApprenticeship’s Best 50 Training Providers 2022-2023

We are delighted to announce that the Growth Company, Education & Skills has once again been listed on the RateMyApprenticeship Top 50 Training Providers table, we are ranked at number 27!
Our Credentials
Ascentis Awarding Organisation

All of our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are accredited by Ascentis. 

CIPD

Our HR programmes are accredited by CIPD.

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials PLUS

As part of The Growth Company, we are committed to guarding our organisation against cyber-attacks and demonstrating the importance of cyber security through achieving the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials PLUS certifications.

Disability Confident Level 3 (leader)
Investors in People (IlP) Gold

As part of The Growth Company, we were awarded the Investors in People Gold accreditation for our efforts in actively making our workplace better for our employees

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 in quality management

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 in envrionmental management

ISO 27001

ISO 27001 in information security

Ofsted Grade 2: Good

We are Ofsted Grade 2: Good, meaning that the quality of our training and the dedicated support we give to our learners has been officially recognised by Ofsted.

Social Enterprise GOLD Mark

As part of The Growth Company, our organisation was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark in 2021. The Social Enterprise Gold Mark is a prestigious accolade, which demonstrates our organisation has been through a rigorous external assessment process to achieve a recognised social enterprise quality standard.

University of Bolton

We are an Academic Centre of the University of Bolton and deliver various Higher Education programmes that are awarded by the University of Bolton.