The Business Centre

Four Colleges –
One Business Centre

Our Business Centre gives you access to the expertise and resources of the merged South Thames Colleges Group, including Carshalton, Kingston, Merton and South Thames Colleges. This means you are in the very best hands whether you’re looking to recruit, take on an apprentice or upskill current staff.

We know the employers we work with are busy running their own companies, so we make sure we do the hard work for you. With a dedicated partnership manager, you’ll be supported every step of the way, ensuring any questions you have are fully answered and that your business requirements are met.

At Carshalton, Kingston, Merton and South Thames Colleges we understand apprenticeships, recruitment and training , and can pool our combined expertise to help your organization grow.

We also offer help and advice on how to get the most out of your training budget or levy, and government funding to support your business.

So, with more training and apprenticeship programmes than ever before, there’s never been a better time to talk to us.

We look forward to working with you.

Training & Apprenticeships

Whether you are looking to improve the skills of existing employees or hire new talent, we can help you analyse your training and recruitment needs and offer the most appropriate apprenticeships to meet them. Once that’s decided, we also provide a free apprenticeship matching service to help you find the right candidate.

Don’t Miss Out on the Funding Changes!

In April 2017 Apprenticeship funding changed in England for all employers.

If you’re a large employer, you’ll be paying the new Apprenticeship levy – which is collected via PAYE.

If your wage bill is below £3m you won’t pay the levy, but there are changes to the way apprenticeships are funded that will positively affect you too. The government will pay 90% of the cost of training irrespective of the age of the candidate – you will pay the remaining 10%.

And if you have less than 50 employees and you recruit a 16 to 18  year old apprentice not only do you pay nothing for their training, but you receive a £1000 incentive payment towards their costs.

We’re the Perfect Partner

Whether you’re a levy payer or not, our team can help you understand and make the most of the changes taking place so you don’t miss out on the opportunities they present.

We can:

  • Provide free support and guidance
  • Help you identify a suitable training programme, agree a job description and advertise the post
  • Assess candidates for suitability
  • Offer training and support for both your existing staff and new recruits

We have welcomed more than 1500 apprentices over the last 12 months onto a range of programmes and work with more than 1000 employers from individual businesses to multi-national organisations.

Our Apprenticeships

We run apprenticeships in top employment sectors like health and care, medicine and life sciences, dental nursing and childcare, facilities services, business, management, IT and accountancy, engineering and construction, catering, professional cookery and hospitality, motorcycle engineering and many more….

Our apprenticeships are available at a range of levels to suit your training and business needs – from level 2 to higher and degree level – and if we don’t
have what you are looking for, we can work together to develop further programmes

Help with Recruitment

We can help you find your apprentice through our free recruitment service. We will promote and advertise your vacancy, screen applicants and send you the selected CVs that best match your vacancy requirements.

Our mix of internships, work placements and employer fairs will give you access to a large and talented pool of work-ready students. We’ll be running apprenticeship recruitment fairs where you can meet some of our completing students. That way you get the very best.

Pre-apprenticeships and Work-ready programmes

Pre-apprenticeships and Work-ready Programmes

There are other ways we can help too.

If you are new to the area or have hard to fill vacancies, we can design a government funded pre-employment programme which will:

  • Prepare candidates for the world of work
  • Deliver essential training required for your business
  • Embed your values and mission
  • Include on the job work experience/ interview
  • Put forward the best candidates for interview

We will put forward for interview the candidates that demonstrate the behaviours, commitment and motivation to be part of your business. If successful at interview, candidates can progress into an apprenticeship or further training.

Or we can help you set up a new government-funded sector based work academy. Our sector-based academies aim to meet your recruitment needs, now and in the future, with training and work experience that are all useful to your business.

Work Experience

Work Experience

Offering work-based learning opportunities for our students is vital in helping them to develop the skills needed to succeed in the world of work. It is also a great opportunity for businesses to engage with local young people – any many of our students who have undertaken placements have gone on to secure employment or apprenticeships with the company they worked in.

Whether you are looking to offer a placement or would like to come into college and talk to students about your sector, we are always keen to work with businesses and our dedicated work experience team is on hand to guide you through the whole process.

You can offer student placements from as little as one week up to 45 days, depending on the sector you are in, what the student is studying and the skills you will find useful. If you’re not sure where to start, contact our work experience team. We can help you decide what you need and introduce you to suitable candidates.

Can’t Find the Training You’re Looking For?

Why not speak to a member of our curriculum team who can design bespoke and commercial training for you and your business. The programme can be as long or as short as required and either accredited or non-accredited.

Get in Touch

Get in Touch

If you’re considering taking on an apprentice, want to upskill your existing staff, o er short work experience placements, part time or seasonal jobs, or are interested in attending one of our recruitment fairs, call us on 020 8918 7272 or email us at now.