Training and Recruitment

Investing in training and recruitment is important as it ensures that employees can fulfil their roles effectively and stay motivated. It also helps to build resilience for the future of your business in an ever changing world. Burnley benefits from high quality further and higher education colleges right on the doorstep. The town also boasts a University campus and there are a number of work-based training providers who can meet your training and development needs.


If your business is considering hiring an apprentice, the Apprenticeships website covers everything for apprentices and employers including how apprenticeships work, funding, recruitment and training. Apprenticeships can also be used to upskill and retrain your existing workforce. You can find out everything about how apprenticeships can fire up your organisation here and there are local providers within Burnley.

Burnley College

Burnley College works closely with employers in the recruitment and training of apprentices. Their recruitment specialists can advise on the many benefits of employing an apprentice including any Government incentives and funding to which you may be eligible. The college will also discuss the financial benefits associated with apprentice recruitment and will also ensure you have a full understanding of the legal requirements involved.

The college also provide a wide range of training courses to upskill you and your employees. If you are unsure about what training would be the most beneficial for your business, they offer a skills audit of your business to identify individual training needs. Burnley College also offer a bespoke business development consultancy.

For more information on how Burnley College can help your business click here or email

University of Central Lancashire – UCLan

Situated in the heart of the town, UCLan works in partnership with businesses and organisations from all sectors to develop and deliver tailored training programmes. UCLan offers high quality university courses and professional qualifications to individuals looking to develop their career. These include Degree Apprenticeships, Leadership and Management Programmes, professional development and short courses.

Help to Grow Management Course

Help to Grow is a government backed programme, designed to enable senior leaders/managers in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to boost their leadership skills and business performance to achieve business growth. The programme is 90% government funded for eligible SMEs – which means the cost is just £750 per person. The programme runs over 12 weeks with 4 sessions face-to-face and 8 sessions online. This is supplemented by peer-to-peer learning sessions and each participant is matched with a mentor. Each participant will work on a business growth plan.

For more information about enrolling on this course and to check whether your company is eligible, please go to Help to Grow: Management Course – UCLan.

The university also offers a wide range of business support from consultancy and research expertise to grant funded projects and innovation. To find out more about what UCLAN has to offer visit their website or email

Lancashire Skills Hub


If your business could benefit from improving the numeracy skills of the workforce, Multiply can help. Multiply is a fully funded programme, aimed at helping people to become more confident with numbers. Benefits of the programme are:

  • Supports your employees to become more confident with numbers.
  • Reducing workforce errors.
  • Improving productivity.

If you would like to know more about the initiative visit the Lancashire Skills Hub website for more details.

Skills Bootcamps in Lancashire

Skills Bootcamps are intensive and flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector specific skills and fast track to an interview with a local employer.

Designed with employers, participants will gain the in-demand skills to move into or progress in their chosen sector. Participants will be offered a guaranteed job interview upon completion.

If your would like to ease your recruitment challenges by employing a Skills Bootcamp graduate, please visit the Skills Bootcamps webpage. They will help match you to a suitable Skills Bootcamp training partner.

The Lancashire Skills Hub offer many more initiatives which can be found from on their website.

East Lancs Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Business Training is the largest of its kind in the UK and a leading provider of professional development for businesses. With a strong commitment to upskilling and empowering workforces, the program offers practical training courses that cater to the needs of today’s business environment. 

The coveted International Trade Club is open to all companies in the region involved in exporting or importing. Members can access a full range of international business support services and receive guidance and encouragement to expand their international trade activities. 

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus has a range of recruitment services that can help you an as employer. They can give recruitment advice and support including help with setting up work trials to try out potential recruits. They can also offer support if you employ someone with a disability or health condition.

The Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) is 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. This is a flexible programme that can be tailored to meet your recruitment needs ensuring that you recruit staff with the right training and skills from the outset, developed through fully-funded pre-employment training.

A sector-based work academy can last up to 6 weeks and includes pre-employment training relevant to the needs of the business and sector, a work experience placement and a guaranteed job interview.

The Employer Services Line will connect you to a local Employer Adviser who will work with you to fill your vacancies and can give more information on the Sector-based Work Academy Programme. Employer advisers can give advice on how to write job descriptions, the recruitment process, promote your vacancies in local job centres, help you to select and interview candidates and much more.

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