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Skills and Training

We want to ensure that District businesses have a workforce with the skills sets they need to grow and be competitive. With this in mind we have put together below a list of organisations that may be able to help you to recruit new or upskill your existing staff with the skills required to make your business sustainable and prosper.

Employer guide to apprenticeships - Information for employers on how to recruit and the benefits of employing an apprentice in a business.

Essex Employment & Skills Board a Business-led Board that exists to build a productive, responsive and inclusive Essex skills and training system that delivers growth and opportunities for local people and employers.

Lantra - a nationally recognised awarding body for land-based and environmental training courses and qualifications which supports both individuals and companies to achieve personal and business growth.

CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) - provide support and funding to improve skills in the construction industry to help companies to improve their skills, increase their competitiveness and respond to challenges such as the low carbon agenda, reducing costs on site and recruiting the best talent for the sector.

SEMTA (Sector skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (UK)) - led by employers, Semta aims to transform the skills and productivity of the people who are employed in the engineering and advanced manufacturing technology sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage. They bring together employers and education to focus action on skills.

Energy & Utility Skills - the UK authority on skills and workforce development in the energy and utilities industries. Energy & Utility Skills brings industry leaders together to identify and address the skills challenges the sector faces.

Tech Partnership - is the network of employers collaborating to create the skills for the digital economy.

Education & Skills Funding Agency - An executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Education, accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.

Department of Work and Pensions Sector Based Work Academies are designed to help meet employers’ immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow their business.

Maldon District Secondary Schools

Ormiston Rivers Academy provides secondary education for students aged 11-18 years of age in Burnham-on-Crouch

Plume Academy Maldon's Community Academy, provides secondary education for students aged 11-18 years of age in Maldon

Heybridge Alternative Provision is a school for 115 young people most of whom have found it difficult to be successful in a mainstream school with an on-going target that none of their Year 11 leavers are NEET (Not in education, employment or training) which they regularly maintain.


Anglia Ruskin University offers a range of business support services to help businesses prosper. From consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to professional development and funding opportunities, they can help you access the best in graduate talent, academic expertise and research.

University of Essex provide business expertise, support and funding. From Knowledge Transfer Partnerships through to consultancy and contract research, they share their expertise and help businesses innovate.


The College at Braintree offers courses in areas such as Technology, Engineering and Construction, Health, Care and Early Years, Finance and Business, IT and Digital Media and Public Services including programmes such as Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, Welding and Fabrication, Interactive Media and Games and VFX Visual Effects Production.

Braintree Stem Centre is also based at the College at Braintree delivering engineering and manufacturing programmes, providing a range of benefits to support local economic growth. In state-of-the-art workshops, laboratories and classrooms, students will gain skills in disciplines such as advanced manufacturing and design, robotics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical installations. It will also be the home for many employer focused, short and continuous professional development courses run by CI Business Solutions – its business arm who specialise in meeting workforce skills training and development needs including apprenticeships.

Industry standard equipment will ensure that students receive the vital practical training – as well as the right qualifications to start successful careers. Such qualifications will include traditional City and Guilds, BTECs, honours degrees and a wide range of apprenticeships. Adult students already employed in relevant industries will benefit from the facilities through training organised for employers which in the past they may have had to travel some distance to access.

Chelmsford College provides training programmes that suit the needs of businesses and learners, including a variety of apprenticeships and short courses that cover a number of different industry areas.

Colchester Institute Business Solutions is the commercial arm of Colchester Institute and delivers training solutions responsive to business’ needs. Programme topics range from health and safety, trade specific training to business management.

South Essex College is a further education college located over three main sites in Basildon, Southend-on-Sea and Grays in Essex. The college provides courses for students of all ages, from 14 to 19-year-olds to undergraduates, adults and businesses including Apprenticeships.

Writtle College provides specialist education in the UK and offers a range of land-based, environmental, animal, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships.

North Essex Economic Board

Maldon District Council is a member of the North Essex Economic Board, a partnership of local authorities in the area working together to drive economic growth. The partners are: Braintree, Maldon, Tendring and Uttlesford district councils, Colchester Borough Council, Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council.

Each has committed funding specifically to support residents to up skills after Covid-19. A series of fully-funded skills programmes have now gone live, offering training and advice on a range of topics;

Tech Talent specialise in Cloud Computing, Software Development, Data Science and Cyber Security training with a focus on upskilling and re-training for both employed and unemployed people.

We Are Digital offering remote training and support for residents who require help with essential IT skills from getting online to online banking.

Shaw Trust support onto the right path of employment with tailored training and bespoke support. The fully-funded programme will help with one-to-one support, supporting your mental health and wellbeing and provide coaching and mentoring.