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About us

The Growth Company Education & Skills, formerly The Skills Company, is one of the largest providers of work-based learning for young people and adults.

We've been established for 30 years, making us experts in our field.

We’ve supported thousands of young people who want to kick-start their careers, and adults who want to raise their skill level throughout their working life and achieve their full potential.

We are a not-for-profit company - this means we focus on getting better at what we do and invest all of our energy and resources into improving the quality of our training and your learning experience.

We offer a huge range of apprenticeships, traineeships and courses for people throughout their working lives. As well as practically based training, we also offer a wide range of classroom-based courses designed to cater for all levels and all ages. Our apprenticeships are designed with progression in mind so you can move on to advanced apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships and, in some occupations, on to higher education.


The Growth Company is proud to be a member of the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC): a partnership with nine colleges in the Greater Manchester Colleges Group.

European Social Fund

As a provider of apprenticeships to 16- 18 year olds, The Growth Company is able to access funding from The Skills Funding Agency (SFA).


Download our new prospectus - there's everything you need to know about apprenticeships, part-time degrees and more.


The Growth Company (GC) is committed to promoting supply chain excellence with our subcontractors and is accredited to the Merlin Standard.
Our Credentials
Ascentis Awarding Organisation

All of our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are accredited by Ascentis. 


Our HR programmes are accredited by CIPD.

Ofsted Grade 2: Good

We are Ofsted Grade 2: Good, meaning that the quality of our training and the dedicated support we give to our learners has been officially recognised by Ofsted.

Staffordshire University

Our Business Management and Education degrees are awarded by Staffordshire University. 

University of Bolton

We are an Academic Centre of the University of Bolton and deliver various Higher Education programmes that are awarded by the University of Bolton.