Employment & Skills

Training, Skills and Apprenticeships

Breckland Training Services

Breckland Training Services is brought to you by Breckland Council, a district local authority nestled on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.  The Breckland Training and Development Team can help by providing a level of expertise and knowledge that is not readily available in most organisations. Our services are designed for the specific needs of the public sector, charities and local authorities and are aimed at officers of all levels and elected members.

We offer a suite of training programmes, tailored to the particular needs of your organisation, and deliver these in house or at our conference suites in Dereham, Norfolk. For further information please visit Breckland Training

Poultec Training

Poultec are training specialists, based at South Green Park, Mattishall, who provide a range of learning opportunities that meet the needs of employers and learners. Whilst Apprenticeships are a significant aspect of Poultec's business, they are only one part of the diverse range of training packages that they offer. NVQs are an excellent way of measuring an individual's skills attainment and, combined with a structured training programme, can help to develop an individual's confidence and skills in the workplace. To complement the NVQs they offer a wide range of short courses which are aimed at increasing and refreshing learner's knowledge in subjects such as Leadership and Management, Health and Safety, Manual Handling, COSHH, First Aid, Environmental Awareness, Poultry Welfare, Hygiene and Biosecurity and Food Safety.  For further information please visit Poultec Training

TIPS for Good Management 

TIPS for Good Management train and develop leaders and managers at all levels and across all industries to be the very best they can possibly be. They provide management tools and techniques to deliver business results in today's uncompromising environment. They also provide leadership skills for performance improvement and to take the business forward for the future. Their programmes enable managers to improve the performance of their people, teams and the business. To find out more about their programmes visit TIPS for Good Management

New Anglia Skills Deal Programme

The New Anglia Skills Deal Programme is an opportunity for employers, alongside training providers, to seek funding for project proposals that address a gap in - or barrier to accessing - training provision.

Full details of the programme including eligibility and assessment criteria is included in the Programme prospectus available Icon for pdf New Anglia Skills Deal Programme [362.14KB] Any applicant considering submitting a proposal is strongly advised to read this guidance before applying.

Learn Direct

Distance learning and online courses as well as part and full time classroom courses throughout the UK. Learn Direct can help you find and develop the right people with the right skills and attitude to improve your business. They offer apprenticeships and traineeships; computer based testing, employability, courses and qualifications, enterprise coaching and training solutions.

For further information please visit Learn Direct

Apprenticeships Norfolk

Supported by Norfolk County Council, the Apprenticeships Norfolk Network has been set up to help increase the number, level, range and quality of Apprenticeships in the county, as well as generating an additional 5,000 Apprenticeships across Norfolk and Suffolk by 2019.

Network members include training providers, schools, employers and other organisations, who all work in partnership to make sure they provide excellent help and support around Apprenticeships.  For further details, please visit Apprenticeships Norfolk

Apprenticeships through Adult Education

Norfolk Adult Education offers a range of apprenticeship training and support for employers wishing to expand and train their workforce, by offering apprenticeships to people across Norfolk. For further information visit Norfolk Adult Education

Apprenticeship grant funding

This grant for employers, aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the Apprenticeship programme.  For details please visit Gov Apprenticeship Grant

Sector based work academies

The Government has introduced a new range of measures to help get Britain working. Sector-based work academies are one of those measures available in England to help those who are ready for work and receiving benefits to secure employment. They are designed to help meet your immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow your business. A sector-based work academy can last up to six weeks and has three key components:

  • Pre-employment training- relevant to the needs of your business and sector
  • A work experience placement - of great benefit to both the individual and a business
  • A guaranteed job interview

The key feature of sector-based work academies is that they offer a flexible approach and can be adapted to meet the needs of your business.

For further details have a look at  Icon for pdf Sector based work academies [122.66KB]  or contact your local Jobcentre Plus.

Engage with Business

Engage with Business offers Coaching and Training to business owners and their staff, helping them gain the skills necessary to grow their business. They offer a range of management workshops designed to help develop skills in:

  • Managing People - 'People Management Skills.'
  • Managing money - 'Manage Money, Make Money.'
  • Developing themselves as Business Leaders - 'Those Who Lead.'

They also work with family businesses, bringing in the next generation. For more information and how to get in contact visit  Engage with Business

Emerging Leaders

The College of West Anglia and its partners have been successful in tendering for £250,000 of European Social Fund money to deliver the Emerging Leaders project. The programme is open to employees aged 19+ working in SMEs registered in New Anglia.

The process starts with a training needs analysis carried out by an experienced assessor in discussion with the employer (free of charge) to identify business skills needs and ensure they meet the aspirations and vision of the business. This process should then identify skills gaps for those employees showing potential to progress to team leader, supervisor or management positions.

The training can be in the form of accredited units from technical or management qualifications, or can be a bespoke programme designed with the help of the employer, to develop leadership skills of the employees. For more information please visit  Emerging Leaders

Universities and Colleges

University of East Anglia (UEA)

UEA runs a highly flexible, paid internship programme. You can recruit a current UEA student or recent graduate for a part-time or full-time opportunity, at a time of year that suits you.

Internships can be from a few weeks to up to one year, and can be full-time or part-time. Get in touch with UEA Internships to discuss.

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university and pride themselves on their innovative researchers, high calibre students and specialist facilities which can help grow your business.  For further details of opportunities, visit UEA Business

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge has information for businesses, governments, government departments, NGOs, professional service firms, entrepreneurs and any other organisations who wish to work with the University of Cambridge. To review the services they offer please visit Cambridge Business Activity

Anglia Ruskin University

Whether you need our business services for a few hours, several years or sometime in between, Anglia Ruskin University are there to provide help, with a proven track record of cost-effectively delivering results across sectors.  For more details on what they have to offer to your business, please visit Anglia Ruskin Apprentices & Employers

Norwich City College

City College in Norwich can support your business with training and skills, so if you are looking for apprenticeships, traineeships or higher education to develop you current workforce, then take a look at the following links: Apprenticeships & Traineeships or Higher Education

Easton & Otley College

Easton & Otley College is committed to providing all apprentices with a consistently high level of support throughout their learning programme to help them achieve their full potential.  Review the available Easton & Otley Apprenticeships


Are you unemployed and looking for a job? This page will provide advice and information to support you in the process.

Jobcentre Plus

As part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Jobcentre Plus provides help for individuals to find jobs, information about benefits to people of working age, training, and how to apply for a job.  For employers, Jobcentre Plus provides information on placing a vacancy and what services are available to them.

In some areas, Jobcentre Plus offers a fully integrated work and benefits service and can provide active help from personal advisers to find work to meet individual needs and an efficient and effective service for everyone who needs help.

If you are looking for a job then Jobcentre Plus now use the Universal Jobmatch service which allows you to search for full or part-time jobs.

If you are an employer, the Universal Jobmatch service helps you advertise jobs and searches for applicants by matching CVs to the requirements of your job vacancy.

Jobseekers allowance and low income benefits

If you are of working age but out of work, there may be benefits you are entitled to.  To find out details and how to apply, please visit Direct Gov Benefits

Direct Gov also offer additional support by visiting their Gov Finding a Job

Local offices in Breckland

Dereham Jobcentre Plus
Breckland Council
Elizabeth House
Walpole Loke
NR19 1EE

Thetford Jobcentre Plus
Townsend House
IP24 2DT


There are a number of factors to be considered in the event of redundancy, this section provides information of where you can access the support and advice you may require.

Jobcentre Plus

Employer - If you have to make redundancies, Jobcentre Plus can give you and your employees support and advice through its Rapid Response Service 

Employee - Facing redundancy can be a stressful time, however Direct Gov Redundancies have a number of links which will support some of the questions you have. 

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Find out what your rights are and what procedures must be followed with advice from Citizens Advice

Local offices to Breckland

Mid Norfolk CAB Dereham
Assembly Rooms
Ruthen Place
NR19 2TX

Mid Norfolk CAB Watton
Unit 2 Ventura House
Norwich Road
IP25 6JU

Norfolk CAB Attleborough
Town Hall
Queens Square
NR17 2AF

Thetford CAB
Level 3 Breckland House
IP24 1BT