- Training and education
Getting your team together is key. You can find the right people in London, and you’ll need to build on their skills and support them as your business evolves. When it comes to professional development, London has all you need, from formal training to workshops, mentoring and events.
If you’re looking to develop your company’s skill sets, add specialist knowledge to your workforce, or keep your employees current, there’s lots of help on hand.
London’s 50-plus universities provide much more than standard degrees. Many of them offer executive education, short courses, language training and more. For a list of London’s universities, visit StudyLondon.
Further-education colleges provide vocationally focused education for adults, in subjects ranging from Digital Media to Accountancy. Visit London Colleges to see a list of FE institutions across Greater London.
Londoners aged 16 to 25 can also benefit from up to six free digital training courses per year as part of the Mayor’s Digital Talent Programme. Subject to eligibility, participants can apply for a variety of courses aimed at improving their technical and soft skills.
London hosts a rich ecosystem of training providers – whatever your employees need to learn can be accessed here. FindCourses is a good place to start. If digital skills are an issue, organisations like General Assembly, Bayswater College and Le Wagon offer programmes to up-skill your existing workforce.
Or why not take advantage of online resources, such as Learnerbly. This professional development platform encourages people to take ownership of their development through a wide selection of online courses, articles, in-person workshops and conferences.
Apprenticeships aren’t just for new starters. They can train existing employees in the skills your business will need tomorrow. You’ll often find that UK government funding can offset the cost, too.
There are training providers in London who can help you train and manage your apprentices.
Staff who are not native English speakers may benefit from some specialist tuition to improve their written and spoken English. There’s a searchable list of London-based schools at EnglishUKLondon.
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Away from formal education, there are many ways to improve your own and your employees’ skills.
Sometimes it’s good to have a trusted adviser on your side. That’s where mentoring can help – and London has great access to experienced business mentors to support you and your key staff. Here are three organisations who can help connect you:
A gateway to connect SMEs with vetted business mentors across the UK
- Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs
A community network that offers support and mentoring to new businesses and early-stage startups
- Association of Business Mentors
The trade organisation for UK business mentors. Its vetted members all sign up to an ethics code.
Or why not welcome a fellow to your business. Faculty's fellowship programme offers host companies access to specialist knowledge, bespoke support and a network of industry talent.
London’s networking opportunities are peerless. There are hundreds of events and talks every night, designed to help professionals meet and learn from each other. Meetup has groups for all industries, including London Entrepreneurs Network, Startup Grind and Entrepreneurs in London.
You can unlock new techniques and the latest business research with short courses at a university or business school. Many of London’s universities can also create tailored learning to give your team exactly the skills you need.
London Business School offers a full range of executive education programmes, as do many of London’s top universities:
- King’s College London
- London School of Economics
- Imperial College London
- Kingston University
- Middlesex University
See more options from universities and private training providers on FindCourses.
We don’t just want people to work in London. We want to help them live it. Volunteering is great for team building, developing new skills and strengthening links with your local community. The Team London platform, set up by the Mayor, connects charities and businesses seeking to make a difference to your city.
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