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"We were contacted by Dee from National Safety Training Centre back in April to see if we would be interested in taking up the opportunity of some free fork lift training for our employees along with an NVQ qualification which would be relevant to the work that they currently did. Dee came down to our factory the following week and we were amazed by the package that they could offer us which would cost us a business nothing."
GRP Building Solutions
"I have been using National Safety Training to book our colleagues here at Dunelm onto Fork Lift and Banksman training courses for nearly 2 years now. What a fantastic service with great communication skills, thank you Ian, Rhonda, Chloe and team for all your support. Highly recommended!"
Dunelm Ltd
Siemens Gamesa
"Global Shipping Services Limited"
Global Shipping Services Limited

Solutions for Business - Funded Training

Over 1,000 learners in the region have already been supported through SSW by National Safety Training Services.

Funded training for your workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses.

We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

We can work with you to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to your needs, and because this programme is co-financed  by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) a wide range of training can be accessed at no cost to your business.

How we work with you:


Skills Support for the Workforce is all about progress. We can help you progress your career, education and business. Return on Investment from these programmes for businesses has been significant across the region.

Companies that meet the following criteria are eligible for funding:

  • Have 250 employees or less.
  • Have an annual turnover of less than 36 million pounds.
  • The company's registered office is in Humberside or Greater Lincolnshire.

Types of courses that can be delivered

We deliver bespoke programmes that can be tailored to meet your company's industry requirements, including:

  • General Health & Safety.
  • Overhead Crane
  • Forklift Truck Training
  • Ped-Op Stacker Training.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • Face Fit
  • Fire Awareness.
  • First Aid.
  • IOSH Health & Safety

If you require another type of course, please give us a call to discuss.

We deliver the following nationally recognised competency-based qualifications (fully funded)

NVQ L2 in Warehousing & Storage.

NVQ L2  in  Performing  Manufacturing Operations.

NVQ L2  in  Engineering.

To discuss any of your requirements, please contact on us:


Call our team on: 01482 644855

Our most popular combination of training for businesses is to deliver a NVQ programme, complimented with online learning and business specific mandatory courses. Businesses see instant returns on employee performance, compliance and effectiveness.

Award Winners!

We are extremely proud to have received the ‘Learners Overall Progression Award’ for being the top training provider 2018/19 in the skills support for the workforce network with over 250 (40%) of our funded learners progressing into work or further education. Below is a small selection of case studies based on the work we have completed with companies looking to upskill, develop and improve their employees’ contribution and effectiveness in the workplace.

Case Studies 

Daniel Morrison – Copernus LimitedNVQ Level 2 in Warehouse and Storage

Daniel has worked for Copernus for just over 5 years. He started as an operative working in the chiller area receiving and checking incoming goods. In December 2018 Copernus decided they needed a restructure of management roles, this was led by Jill Hamilton, the recently appointed HR Manager.

Jill contacted National Safety Training and following a meeting to determine the company’s training needs she decided that NVQ’s for the newly appointed supervisors within the factory would be the most appropriate, Daniel being one of those selected for the programme. Following a skills scan of the job role it was decided a level 2 Warehouse and Storage NVQ would help develop Daniel in his new role, as the mandatory units included health and safety in the workplace and developing effective working relationships with colleagues. Both of these areas included skills Daniel would require to be effective in his work role.

One of the first things Daniel decided to implement was team briefings within his own area of responsibility to keep his team informed of workloads, quality issues, health and safety and any other work-related areas he felt would be useful to his team to conduct their duties.

Whilst completing his NVQ Daniel also took part in other training relevant to his new role, including level 3 food safety, HACCP and fire warden courses. National safety Training Services were able to provide these as part of the training package at no cost to the business.

Three months into his new role Daniel has put his own stamp on the area, putting in place new systems to ensure the correct goods are being received and sent out to customers. The quality of the goods is checked to ensure they meet the customers specification and hygiene standards are adhered to.

Jill Hamilton is quoted as stating “ I am pleased with the way the qualifications have been carried out with a minimum of disruption and good communication helping to ensure the candidates were available for assessments when required” She also stated “she is pleased with the way all of the new supervisors are taking to their roles, showing a lot more awareness of health and safety, quality and communication”

In the future Jill is looking to roll out training across other staff areas and progressing her supervisors through further training and qualifications.

Anthony Thurwell – Global Shipping Services LimitedNVQ Level 2 in Warehouse and Storage

Testimony by Christopher Thirlwell HSEQ Manager Global Shipping

Since joining Global Shipping, Antony has been trained in the role of forwarding which involves using the ships bill of laden, cargo manifest and planning where the materials will be stored on the dock, then informing the forklift drivers as the goods are unloaded where each pack is to be stored and in which location. He now carries out this role at the Immingham Dock site on a regular basis.

With the responsibility of laying out the cargo, Antony carries the responsibility of the safe handling storage and accountability of the cargo. Not all employees undertake this role. This role is heavily restricted and controlled due to its complex nature, accompanying risks and challenges.

Antony was also keen to participate in the warehouse and storage NVQ programme that we have been doing with National Safety Training, and this has helped him in many ways to gain more knowledge and skills in his current role. I have also spoken to the National Safety Training Assessor who also said that he was impressed with the way Antony has progressed during the time he was on the programme.

We have put through 30 plus candidates with National Safety Training. The programme has run smoothly, and all candidates were able to build up a rapport with the assessor which has allowed for the effective delivery of the qualification. Global Shipping will continue to use National Safety Training as a training provider.

Going forward if Antony continues to develop and progress as he has then he has the qualities suited for a supervisory role.

Matthew Scatcherd - Powell Packaging - NVQ Performing Manufacturing Operations/Warehouse Essentials 

Matthew has worked at Powell Packaging for almost 10 years as a machine operator. National Safety Training offered Powell Packaging NVQ's in Warehouse and Storage and Performing Manufacturing Operations through the SSW scheme, along with some extra - non regulated training based around Powell Packaging's training needs analysis. 

Powell Packaging advertised the opportunities to their employee's and within days several employees had expressed their interest, including Matthew who wanted to complete the Performing Manufacturing Operations qualification as he didn’t hold recognised qualifications for the operation of manufacturing machinery. Matthew also wanted to prove his competency to his employers with the aim of improving his opportunities in the workplace. Matthew also asked if he could be considered for the Warehouse Essentials course which was a two-day course based on the operation of forklift trucks. Matthew saw this as an opportunity to help increase productivity on his line, allowing him to collect his own materials and bring them to the line instead of waiting on warehouse staff to bring them. 

Since completing the Warehouse Essentials course in productivity on the case maker line has increased by approximately 10% and downtime has decreased. 

Matthew has also completed his Performing and Manufacturing Operations NVQ during which it was noticed that he usually took the lead role within the team operating the line. This was also noticed by the Resources Manager, Mr Neil Powell, who has since had no hesitation in giving Matthew more responsibilities as the Lead Operator on the Case Maker line. 

Mr Powell is also quoted as stating that 'he is pleased with the way the qualifications have been carried out across the company with minimum disruption and good communication helping to ensure candidates were available for assessments when required'. He also stated that 'he is very pleased with the way productivity has increased throughout the workplace and feels that all of his staff who took part in the training have shown awareness in the workplace with regards to Health and Safety, quality and communication'. Mr Powell added 'his staff are now working as a team to achieve their targets'. 

Mr Powell is now also considering asking the rest of the staff to participate in any future training opportunities.

Aimee Maltby - Maltby Stores - NVQ Warehouse and Storage Level 2 

The course started with basic training within the warehouse such as manual handling and how to control hazardous substances. I then progressed onto my pedestrian pallet truck training and folk truck training to enable me to take on my tasks and responsibilities safely within the workplace.

The units in the qualification have significantly increased my knowledge of warehouse and storage requirements and supplied me with increased confidence to approach my roles and responsibilities within the workplace. I have also been able to extend my capabilities to use machinery in the workplace that prior to this training would not have been possible. I feel confident to challenge people about their usage of machinery and health and safety rules they may be breeching in a confident manner, which limits dangers within the warehouse. As a result of this I was asked to take up the role of lead health and safety officer for the company and I continue to develop and build upon the knowledge I gained during this course.

I hope to continue improving my work knowledge and capabilities that this course initiated. I intend to upkeep my role as the lead health and safety officer for the workplace and enthuse my fellow employees to help to make the workplace safer especially in our two new premises. I would be interested in a Level 3 qualification if it was available to me to better my knowledge further around the topics covered.

To discuss work place funded training with one of our training consultants, please contact us using the below information:


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