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Skills for Growth

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Acorn Training is the lead provider for health and social care learning in Greater Manchester.

Our newest courses and workshops have been fully funded by the European Social Fund as part of Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s three-year Skills for Growth programme, which aims to plug skills gaps identified by employers across different sectors in the city-region.


With the funding, we will deliver bespoke training to ensure the 2.8 million individuals living in Greater Manchester can continue to access and receive high-quality care from its health care services.


The training, which is completely free to learners thanks to the Skills for Growth programme, has been split into four strands of support:

  • Technical HSC Training & Technical ESOL Training – Safe handling of medications, Dementia, Advanced Diabetes, Medical terms
  • Leadership and Management Training – Becoming a Team Leader, HR Processes and Practices, Resolving Complaints and Solving Problems, Managing Risk and Audit, Conflict Management, Advanced Knowledge of Person-Centred Care, Values Based Recruitment
  • Practice Assessment – Assessor and trainer qualifications, non-accredited learning focusing on observation of skills within the workplace that meet national standards
  • Higher Level Progression – Step up to Higher Education programmes supporting learners to join nursing routeways and higher-level apprenticeships, further knowledge and skills development

Our team of curriculum developers will work with employers to create bespoke programmes to meet the needs of the organisations and individuals. We work in partnership to understand the key objectives of the business and provide advice and guidance on how learning and development can contribute to their successes.

To view all of our training offerings, please visit the GMCA Skills Map: https://gmskillsmap.co.uk/ or contact us to learn more about how we could help you or your organisation. 

Skills for Growth
• Acorn Training has been awarded a £3m contract by
Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of its three-year Skills for
Growth programme.

• Skills for Growth is funded through the European Social Fund and aims to
plug the skills gaps in priority sectors across Greater Manchester as outlined
in the Combined Authority’s Local Industrial Strategy.


• This project receives funding from the European Social Fund as part of the
2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in
• The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the
England European Social Fund programme.
• Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local
areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will
support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and
local community regenerations. For more information visit the gov.uk website