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Find details of local industry events, support, networks and contact information

CITB Advisers can support and guide you in terms of accessing CITB training, grants, funding and apprenticeships. In addition, they can signpost you to other sources of support, help and advice, including local partners and networks, for example LEPs, Growth Hubs and local initiatives.

Please find their contact information in the location links below

Contact your CITB customer engagement advisers


Alex McClymont
Tel: 07342 700358
Email: alex.mcclymont@citb.co.uk


Andrea Russell
Tel: 07393 796340
Email: andrea.russell@citb.co.uk 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-russell-a578002a/

What's happening in your area

Employer Networks

Employer Networks are an initiative set up and funded by CITB aiming to simplify the way you get the support and funding you need to access the training you want.

Support to grow your business

East Midlands Chamber

East Midlands Chamber are the leading business representation organisation in the region, the voice for business and the 2018 British Chambers of Commerce Chamber of the Year.  The Chamber is renowned across the region for enhancing Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire businesses and communities.

D2N2 Growth Hub

The D2N2 Growth Hub is a vital support network for growing and ambitious businesses across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It gives businesses access to workshops, events, the latest funding news and any regional or national programmes that will help with the business growth plans.

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is a locally owned partnership between local authorities and business, it plays a central role in deciding local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and create local jobs. D2N2 is one of the largest LEPs in England.

Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF)

Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) offer Small Business Loans £25,000 – £150,000.

Talentview Construction

Talentview Construction is for employers looking for new talent:

  • Showcase your business to talented new recruits
  • Promote your training, apprenticeship and first job vacancies
  • Search for suitable local candidates
  • Make contact with schools, colleges and training providers

Construction Talent Retention Scheme

The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme helps talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise while helping businesses find the skills they need.

Government Incentive Payments for Hiring an Apprentice

Incentive payments for employers who hired a new apprentice

Nottingham Trent University - High Level Skills Programme

The High Level Skills programme offers dedicated support, advice and funding to help you up-skill your employees and access the wealth of graduate talent in the area. The project is available to SMEs, or employees of SMEs, that are based in the D2N2 area.

High Level Skills | Nottingham Trent University

Training groups

Action for Construction

Action for Construction is a member organisation made up of construction companies based in the East Midlands. Training Groups receive funding from CITB to support levy registered employers identify and access high-quality cost-effective training. They provide advice and guidance on mandatory and skill specific training, offer support to plan training needs, and help employers access high quality and cost-effective Approved Training Organisations. 

  • Cost effective training 
  • Ease of identifying training 
  • Time and resource saving for employers 
  • Advice, guidance, and support 
  • Future planning 
  • Networking 
  • Provide help to give small and micro employers a voice to CITB and wider industry

Contact your CITB customer engagement advisor

Carole Jones
Tel: 07500 605169
Email: carole.jones@citb.co.uk

What's happening in your area

Employer Networks

Employer Networks are an initiative set up and funded by CITB aiming to simplify the way you get the support and funding you need to access the training you want.

Employers who have accessed funded training through the Lincolnshire Employer Network had this to say about their experiences:

  • ‘Extremely beneficial, we were unaware of what funding might be available before we were involved in the network. We were inspired by it all. We never anticipated what funding was available. 'It's been massive benefit'
  • ‘Excellent - I think the fact we could tap into something quite easily without having to go through reams of paperwork, applications etc is such a help to a business like us. We are quite time poor as we have so much going on, so anything to get things moving quickly is welcome.’
  • ‘It's fantastic, really helpful and a super easy way of organising training'

Business services support

LEP support from Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a single place to go to for business experts and mentors, support and guidance, grants and finance. Business Lincolnshire have a host of useful information and resources including a toolbox with downloadable guides, free webinars, useful links and videos designed to help you on your business journey. 

Visit the Business Lincolnshire website for details

Greater Lincolnshire’s Growth Hub hosts six skilled and experienced business advisers. When you book an appointment with a Growth Hub Adviser you will be assigned a named adviser. 

Make initial contact through:  0300 456 3565 or the website link above.

Training groups

CITB supported Construction Training Groups are made up primarily of construction industry employers. Members benefit from discounted training, networking and events aligned to local industry themes, and can also participate in projects that promote construction as an attractive career.

Lincolnshire is serviced by three Construction Training Groups:

Contact your CITB customer engagement adviser

Louise Thorpe
Tel: 07721 573542
Email: louise.thorpe@citb.co.uk 

What's happening in your area

Employer Networks

Employer Networks are an initiative set up and funded by CITB aiming to simplify the way you get the support and funding you need to access the training you want.

Business support services

Business Gateway Growth Hub

The Business Gateway is part of the national Growth Hub network. We provide tailored, commercially focused and joined-up advice that’s free, impartial and delivered with one goal in mind: increasing your bottom line.

You can access expert support, diagnostic services, signposting and free workshops to help your business growth. To speak with an adviser call or email the hub:


Leicester Employment Hub

The Leicester Employment Hub offers:

  • FREE recruitment support: You may be eligible for our £2,500 grant towards employing a qualifying individual on a 12-month apprenticeship or 6-month paid work experience contract.
  • Candidate sourcing support: IMPARTIAL help and support to source local candidates for
    • work experience
    • work trial
    • paid work experience
    • apprenticeships
    • local jobs
    • graduate interns.

For further details, visit Leicester Employment Hub online
Contact details 

Onsite training hub

CITB is funding a construction employability project that trains people to be site-ready for construction career opportunities. If you are looking for new talent, please contact the hub project manager, Richard Thorpe, on 07541 612726 or Richard.Thorpe@leicester.gov.uk.

Midlands Engine Investment fund

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund offers SMEs the opportunity to apply for a variety of funds to help support their growth.

For more information visit the MEIF website

Training groups

There is currently one training group covering the Leicestershire area:

Leicestershire Construction Training Group.
Website: www.lctg.org.uk

Contact your CITB customer engagement adviser

Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton

Jan Rejek
Email: jan.rejek@citb.co.uk 


Emma Cook
Tel: 07780 956896
Email: Emma.Cook2@citb.co.uk

Support to grow your business

SEMLEP Growth Hub
Find business support services and resources, free business and funding advice information and call back services and much more.

Website: www.semlepgrowthhub.com

Chamber of Commerce
A business network designed to promote and protect companies in the county.

Website (Bedfordshire): www.chamber-business.com
Website (Northamptonshire): www.northants-chamber.co.uk

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

An organisation to assist you in finding work-ready candidates and courses to boost employability.

Website: www.workpays.co.uk

DWP (Jobcentre+)
Candidates and advice for long-term roles and appointing staff.

Website: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) - Local Offer (northamptonshire.gov.uk)

Training groups

For access to training at discounted rates with fantastic support regarding training needs and CITB funding services.

Northamptonshire Construction Training Group

Website: www.nctg.co.uk

Skills 4 Site (Bedford)

Website: www.skills4site.co.uk

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