A social enterprise that believes meaningful work helps people and business.
"Getting up and doing a job that I loved improved my mental wellbeing. Now I want to support that philosophy through SupplyTrain's social enterprise activity."
Phil Golding, SupplyTrain
A social enterprise for the work-based learning sector
SupplyTrain is a Community Interest Company. This means we use our profit offering exceptional, innovative apprenticeships solutions to the training sector, to subsidise our support for small businesses.
SMEs employ 60% of all the people working in the UK private sector today. Yet, 99% of those businesses do not have the time or human resources to stay up-to-date with the opportunities that work based learning and apprenticeships can bring, allowing their staff to develop and their business to grow.
SupplyTrain CIC looks to redress that balance by providing free, high-quality, impartial advice and guidance on apprenticeships and work-based learning to employers, for the benefit of all.
Maggie founded SupplyTrain CIC after becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador in 2015. She had recently retired from a successful finance career in Higher and Further Education and wanted to help small businesses understand apprenticeships and the benefits they could bring.
After talking to employers, it became clear there was a lot of bad advice and misconceptions about workplace training and how to access skills. SupplyTrain CIC was set up to address those concerns.
Maggie takes no income from the company, using any fees paid for her services to support small businesses understand apprenticeships, bid writing and meeting potential investors for projects such as Qualipic.
“SupplyTrain CIC is committed to helping businesses and sole traders in the UK that want to engage in high quality, workplace training and apprenticeships.”
We believe that taking on an apprentice and providing high quality training for staff is not just a good commercial decision for businesses, but also a socially responsible one. Training staff as they work creates more satisfied employees, more productive companies and a UK economy with a skills base to underpin its future success.
Phil is on a mission to bridge the skills gap between what employers need from their workforce and the mismatch in skills, knowledge and behaviours many job applicants possess.
Phil believes that training should be shaped by the needs of responsible employers. He hears far too often from young people that the qualifications they worked hard to obtain did not, in reality, open up more job opportunities in their chosen field. This leaves them demoralised, apathetic and disappointed in the world of work.
Using a market-led approach to training, Phil gets under the skin of employers and uses that insight to develop a better training service for all. Over his career, Phil has delivered £millions worth of new income to training providers and colleges, as well as increasing satisfaction levels amongst learners and winning several awards along the way.
Our values as a social enterprise
Training should be employer-led
Teaching skills to people that are needed by the labour market produces a more satisfied working population and increase employment rates long-term.
Apprenticeships should encourage social mobility
Growing your own talent means giving opportunities to people that have the raw attributes to succeed. This creates a more level playing field in the workplace.
SMEs should have access to great training advice
SMEs employ most of the private sector in the UK. They need to keep up-to-date with developments to succeed. This underpins a growing economy.
A social enteprise that is ‘enterprising’!
Our work with the training sector aims to be creative, innovative and pioneering. We want our clients to see the possibilities of their work-based learning provision, to work with you on growing quality apprenticeship for all, not to offer you the same tired ideas.
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