Steadfast Training

As an Ofsted “good” provider, they work in partnership with the CPCA and have been awarded funding to deliver free level 3 qualifications to upskill and support your colleagues.  Additionally, they are currently delivering level 2 to 5 apprenticeships across England.  They would be delighted to support your organisation.

They have two free – Level 3 – diploma qualifications that may be appropriate:

  • Diploma in management (inc. ILM)
  • Diploma in ICT

Level 3 qualifications are free of charge subject to eligibility criteria of:

  • Learner living in Cambridgeshire and
  • Not holding any Level 3 or above qualification in any subject.


Additionally, many different apprenticeships are also offered.

In terms of other apprenticeships:

  • Level 3 Team Leader and
  • Level 5 Operational/Departmental Manager

Please read the full list of courses available here: Steadfast Training – Empowering Your Career with Expert Apprenticeship and Employability Training 

The SMA are happy to make an introduction please contact

Investors in the Environment - iie

Investors in the Environment offers a range of training courses designed to help organisations upskill or reskill their staff with essential sustainability qualifications. They also offer a selection of accredited IEMA-certified training, including Pathways to Net-Zero, Environmental Sustainability Skills for the Workforce, and the comprehensive Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management.

Their bespoke iiE Green Champion Course is designed for green champions to gain the practical skills to make sustainable change in their organisation. Whilst the content lends itself to our accreditation scheme, the tools can be applied to both members and non-members alike.

The SMA would be happy to make introductions please contact

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North Cambridgeshire Training College

The North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC) is a brand new, state-of-the-at building based in Chatteris, Fenland specialising in offering Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Management and Business Support Apprenticeships.

Alongside Apprenticeships, they have a fantastic range of Commercial Training built around short vocational courses or longer courses leading to formal qualifications.  These courses are ideal for individuals who need to improve or expand their knowledge within a role.

AT NCTC they also offer a vast range of Professional Development courses ranging from Essential Skills for Life and Work to free level 3 courses as a part of the National Skills fund.

The SMA are happy to make an introduction please contact

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Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Training

Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Courses – please read more in the link below:

Manufacturing & Engineering Courses – Cambridgeshire Chamber Training, Online Courses, eLearning – Safety Management Courses – Health & Safety Courses (

University of Cambridgeshire - Manufacturing Engineering - Undergraduate Sudy

Successful, value-creating industries are increasingly managed by engineers with an appropriately broad education and training. Manufacturing engineers naturally have particular expertise in the design and operation of manufacturing facilities, but increasingly their role is as leaders of multidisciplinary teams. The course places emphasis on the latest developments in data science and sustainability to address some of the major challenges facing society.

Manufacturing Engineering gives you a thorough grounding in manufacturing technology and management, together with an understanding of the full range of activities involved from market analysis through product design and production, to sales and distribution, all set firmly within a financial and business context. As well as the engineering and business sides, you also acquire a sound understanding of the human aspects of industry and develop leadership and people skills.

For more information please read here:

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City & Guilds

They have a vast range of courses and qualifications designed to reflect many job roles within the Manufacturing industry.

Some of the key subject areas include: Food Manufacture, Manufacturing Textiles, Furniture Production and Chemical Manufacture. Within each we have a range of specialist sub-sectors, allowing learners to gain skills that reflect their chosen career path.

All qualifications have been designed to meet the current employment needs of the industry and allow for clear progression.

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Reed Courses

Reed Courses advertises a large variety of Manufacturing courses which are delivered by a range of learning providers. The Manufacturing courses on offer vary in time duration and study method, with many offering tutor support. Whether you want to study for a regulated qualification, or take a Manufacturing course which provides CPD points/hours or qualifications, there are a number of learning options available.

Read More here: Free Beginner Manufacturing Courses & Training in Cambridgeshire |

Boost the performance and resilience of your company and join a growing number of SME leaders taking part in the Help to Grow: Management Course.

The course is 90% funded by UK Government, so the cost is only £750 per person! (In some instances ARU, Peterborough may offer a £750 Bursary)

This practical course offers 1-1 support from a business mentor, peer learning sessions and help in developing a business growth plan. It focuses on giving you the tools to improve performance across a range of key areas, including strategy, innovation, financial management, marketing, employee engagement and digital adoption.

Businesses across all sectors can apply, including social enterprises and to be eligible for the course, your business must employ between 5 and 249 people, and have been operational for at least a year.

Recent satisfaction surveys Indicate that 91% of those who have completed the course say that they would recommend it to other business leaders.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • University of Bedfordshire Business School
  • University of Cranfield (online only)
  • University of East Anglia

For more information and registration, please visit: link