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SBC Training showcase their new premises at Meet the Neighbour event

07/11/2017 - 15:55


Shropshire Chamber of Commerce organised a highly successful ‘Meet the Neighbours’ event which was held at SBC Training on Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury.



An open invitation had been sent out to all nearby businesses and many responded with representatives being given a guided tour of the impressive training facilities on site.



Having outgrown their previous premises, SBC Training recently moved in to purpose designed premises on Vanguard Way and the event enabled them and other local businesses to network and share business opportunities.



SBC Training managing director Colin Thaw welcomed guests and acknowledged the very many local trades and professions that had supported both the build and the move. Colin, said: “SBC Training has been working with apprenticeships and other development programmes for local organisations for more than 30 years and is the only remaining independent training provider with its main focus on Shropshire.



“Our visitors were given a tour of the training facilities and informed about the range of courses we can provide, from accounting through to welding and were also given the opportunity to watch a demonstration of CNC machining and view some exceptional work produced by our engineering apprentices.”



Chamber chief executive Richard Sheehan emphasised the importance and success of the networking opportunities such as these provided by the chamber to ensure that organisations are able to support one another by sourcing services locally wherever possible.


Richard, commented: “These neighbourhood networking events have exceeded all of our expectations so far, by encouraging people who work on business estates to meet with people they may only normally see in passing and by working and doing business together it keeps the Shropshire pound rotating within our beautiful county.”


SBC Training Workshop

Pictured are, from left, Cherry Adams of CLCA Nursing Services, Colin Thaw, Stephanie Henson of Six Ticks marketing, Richard Sheehan, and Beverley Cooper of Rees Astley insurance brokers

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Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship specifically for the Food Sector

26/07/2017 - 15:28

Apprenticeships are undergoing considerable reform with employers being put in the driving seat to ensure that the system meets their needs.


This has resulted in the development of a completely new four year Apprenticeship programme which is creating great interest amongst local food manufacturers.This Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programme is a unique programme integrating both core engineering with food to develop the kind of maintenance engineer that has not been available previously. Engineers are truly multi-skilled with both electrical and mechanical knowledge and skills. The programme, which is available through SBC Training, not only includes the Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance but also provides essential knowledge and skills specific to the food and drink sector.


Colin Thaw SBC Training Managing Director said “Shropshire is well known as a centre of Food Manufacturing with many major producers based here. This Apprenticeship will enable them to engage in training the next generation of engineers with the range of up to date skills required for the future. It is also a great opportunity for young people to train and secure a firm career foundation. On completion apprentices will be eligible to become registered as Engineering Technicians (EngTech). We see this as an exciting extension of our engineering offer which builds on links with the food sector.”


Anyone who would like to know more about training for Maintenance Engineers should contact SBC Training on 01743 454810 or email

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SBC Training among the first approved to deliver for Apprenticeship Levy paying employers

17/03/2017 - 11:29

The much anticipated list of Training Providers and Colleges that can support Apprenticeship levy paying employers has been published and SBC Training is delighted to be amongst the first to be approved as a main provider. Following a rigorous assessment process the organisation is now able to lead on developing and delivering programmes for employers. SBC Training has been approved as a main provider meaning that they will also be able to link and co-ordinate supporting providers if employers need specialist components delivered within the chosen Apprenticeship.


This recognition sits alongside the work which SBC Training already does for smaller employers where the organisation has been particularly recognised for its ability to respond to employer needs and has achieved the highest employer satisfaction rating of all training providers and colleges in Shropshire placing the organisation in the top 10% in the Country.


Colin Thaw, Managing Director said “We will now be working with employers to provide support to allow them to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the Levy  and by helping them to develop their Apprenticeship offer for new recruits and to help upskill existing employees”. 

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Shropshire Hospital leads the way with first Orthotics Apprenticeship

20/02/2017 - 13:36

Teri Jones at RJAH

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, in partnership with SBC Training, is leading the way with apprenticeships by recruiting a young person to train as an Orthotics Technician.


The Oswestry-based hospital , which is world renowned for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems, has invested in the Orthotics Department which now employs eight technicians and services hospitals across the country. 


It now produces approximately 5000 individually designed devices per year to support or correct skeletal deformities or weaknesses.


Teri Jones is the first apprentice and has hit the ground running developing the skills she needs to provide effective braces and supports for patients. She attends day release at SBC Training, based in Shrewsbury, to complete the qualifications and skills she needs to support her in her new role.  


She said: "I am finding the training in precision hand skills very useful and look forward to moving on to machining and design, including computer aided design."


Back at the hospital she is also gaining essential knowledge of bio-mechanics and anatomy. After leaving school Teri followed a full time course in graphic design and originally took up a job in this area of work.  However she felt that she wanted something more practical and is thoroughly enjoying the apprenticeship at the hospital.


Lance Jones, Production Manager in the Department of Orthotics Manufacture, is delighted with how Teri is settling in.

He said: "There is a shortage of skilled orthotics technicians and I was really pleased when the Trust agreed to invest in an apprentice. 

"The role of an orthotics technician within the NHS is quite unique with only a handful of ‘in-house’ manufacturing departments in the country but there has been no recognised qualification. With the introduction of an apprenticeship programme the hospital will now have a robust continuity plan for the future.

"Teri will be in training for two years, moving round all areas of the department to develop her skills.  The other members of the team are enjoying getting involved in her training as learning how to train others and pass on their valuable skills is also developing them.

"When Teri becomes a fully skilled member of staff we hope to add another apprentice to our numbers."

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Will you be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy after April 2017?

16/02/2017 - 16:53

Registration is now open for the Apprenticeship Service! 


The Apprenticeship Levy will be launching on April 6 2017! To help you manage your available funds, the Department for Education and Skills Funding Agency has developed the Apprenticeship Service which is now live. If you will be paying the Apprenticeship Levy you will need to register on the online Apprenticeship Service.

We are happy to discuss how your company might be affected by the Levy and whether you will need to register on the Apprenticeship Service, please call our Business Development team on 01743 454810 or email


Screenshot of Apprenticeship Service

What is the Apprenticeship Service?

The Apprenticeship Service (previously known as the Digital Apprenticeship Service) is an online digital system (similar to online banking) that has been set up to support the Apprenticeship Levy.

Once registered, the system will enable you to plan, manage and pay for your apprenticeships.


Will you be affected by the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Apprenticeship Levy, which launches on 6 April, will affect large employers who have an annual pay bill of at least £3 million and they will be required to pay a contribution of 0.5% of their pay bill. Paid contributions will be accessible via the Apprenticeship Service which can then be drawn against the cost of training.

If this will affect your company, you will need to work out how much Apprenticeship Levy you are due to pay, and report this to HMRC each month, starting at April 2017. The funds you have available to spend on apprenticeships in England will be added to your account. For help to work this out please click here.


How do I register?

To create an account click here.

Before you can set up your account you must have:

  • Government Gateway login details for the PAYE schemes that you want to include in your account
  • details for each organisation that will be making an agreement with a training provider for apprenticeship training, including the Companies House or charity number (if you have one)

If you don’t have Government Gateway login details, you may need to ask someone from your payroll or finance department to help you set up the account, or to set it up on your behalf.

Further information on how to register is available here.


To discuss how your company might be affected by the Levy and whether you will need to register on the Apprenticeship Service, please call our Business Development team on 01743 454810 or email



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