Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: Thursday 28th May

Even though the office is closed we are still here to provide continuous support.  To get in touch please email [email protected] or call 07752523956.

Have you thought about enrolling your existing staff on an apprenticeship during this crisis?

Many existing staff members that are working from home or furloughed, would benefit from undertaking an apprenticeship and now could be the right time to start them on their journey. We’ve adapted the curriculum to bring forward much of the underpinning knowledge and theory, alongside the English and maths, so that their time away from work is utilised for Off The Job Training and when they return to the workplace they can use what they have learnt to the benefit of the business. Furthermore, there will be significantly less OtJT to undertake in the remainder of their apprenticeship during working hours.

Top 10 Benefits of starting an apprenticeship at this time:

  1. Increase in motivation and self-confidence; gives a sense of purpose and focus
  2. A new routine to enable your apprentice to progress within their qualification and to develop a sense of productiveness and achievement, both within the knowledge and theory elements of their programme, including the ability to sit Functional Skills exam remotely.
  3. Reduce the feeling of isolation, which is akin to a bereavement at the loss of ordinary contact with colleagues
  4. Support learners to manage their own mental health, look out for others and know where to get help from
  5. Demonstrates commitment from you as their employer and alleviates some of the fear of there not being a job to go back to
  6. Good use of time to complete as much Off the Job Training (OtJT) away from the workplace. Upon return to the workplace, less OtJT hours will need to be completed, allowing employers to use their apprentices (who have developed their knowledge and understanding) to focus on business delivery and activities.
  7. Developing use of different communication methods and how to use them effectively in their role, including the use of technology/digital solutions within the business environment
  8. Safeguarding through regular interaction between apprentices and trainers/mentors, some via video link will help to identify safeguarding issues that may have already been present at home or as a result of lockdown
  9. HR, Management and Team Leader curriculum will be adapted to include how to manage and support their teams through this crisis
  10. Support to prepare your apprentices for their return to work. After months of isolation, some of it will become normalised and returning to a daily routine of going out to work will need to be prepared for

During this period of national uncertainty, we have already adapted many of our training resources for remote delivery. Early feedback from learners has been positive and we will continue to develop and innovate new delivery solutions to meet the needs of our learners.

For more information about apprenticeships or other training we can offer during these uncertain times, contact us at [email protected]

All of us at TheLightBulb would like to wish you and your family continued good health.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: Monday 23rd March


During this time of social isolation, TheLightBulb Limited are committed to supporting all of our employers and learners through these difficult times.

We take the safety of staff, learners and their employers very seriously and whilst our staff are currently remote working, our team want to let everyone know we are here to support you all.

Not only can we help our apprentices to use their time productively to increase their 20% off the job training in readiness for their return to normal working practices, but we can also upskill any existing staff whilst they have downtime to become better educated and qualified, ready for their return to your business.

Let us know if we can help you with any tailored training support for your existing staff.  We can currently offer a range of fully funded remote training session such as Leadership and Management and Social Media and Digital Marketing.  However, if you have any specific training requirements please contact us and we will be happy to help.

If you need any more information contact us via email on [email protected] or keep up to date by following us on our social media platforms listed below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: Wednesday 17th March

TheLightBulb is committed to supporting all our learners and apprenticeships to continue learning throughout this time of social isolation, remote working, self-isolating and company “lock downs”.  The safety of our staff, learners and their employers is paramount to TheLightBulb and we will work with everyone to minimise risks.  With this in mind any workshops booked for the coming weeks will be cancelled and a schedule of webinars created instead, this schedule will be communicated to everyone this week.  The office will be manned on specific days whenever possible by a skeleton staff so the best communication method is email either to your usual contact or [email protected]

Although we may not be able to visit your workplace, we do not want anyone to get behind. We will work with employers and learners to ensure minimum disruption to learning  by providing additional work that can be completed outside of the workplace, utilising remote working practices for meetings and where relevant hosting webinars.  Apprentices can use the time productively to increase their 20% Off The Job hours in readiness for a return to normal working practices in the coming months.

If you are due to sit your End Point Assessment then please carry on with your preparations as we will be working with the Awarding Organisations to ensure continuity wherever possible, especially as many of the assessments are carried out on line.  If you have an exam booked then we will be in contact to discuss your options.

As this situation evolves, TheLightBulb will ensure all our customers and learners are made aware of any changes regarding cancellation of training sessions or changes to remote teaching.  But if you have any queries regarding this, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

We will continue to keep communication lines open to minimise stress and anxiety around apprenticeships and learning programmes.

The safety of our staff, learners and their employers is paramount to TheLightBulb and we will work with everyone to minimise risks.

If you want any information or need to get in touch with your TheLightBulb staff member please email [email protected]

It is a proud day for us at TheLightBulb…

As we can finally announce the retention of our Ofsted Good status. We would like to thank all of our employers and learners for working closely with us and for their contribution to the Inspection process. Here are a few snippets from the report

“Apprentices work with supportive employers and find their job roles revitalising”

“A coherent curriculum to meet the needs of their employers and the skills gaps in the region”

“High quality staff with up to date industry experience… who use their knowledge to effectively enhance learning”

If you want to read the short report, please click here

If you want to kick off 2020 working with a good provider whose highly qualified staff will design programmes to meet your needs, please email [email protected]or call 01268 270648

Fully funded, tailor made courses in Essex


Fully Funded Staff Development

TheLightBulb in partnership with TWIN Employment and Training are pleased to offer fully funded staff development courses to upskill your staff. Contact us for further information on the tailor made solutions we can offer your organisation.

This opportunity means we are able to offer FULLY FUNDED  Health and Social Care Level 2 Diploma programmes rather than apprenticeships, for more information email [email protected] or call 01268 270648 – click here for course details

New from September we can put your staff through a level 2 Diploma in Business Improvement Techniques – this highly interactive qualification will put a group of your staff through a real life business improvement project to redefine and support your organisation, for more information email [email protected] or call 01268 270648

Starting weekly throughout 2020!

Do you want to increase the management skills of your staff or, are you looking to increase your online presence by developing the digital marketing talent in your team? If so, we have two courses that are fully accredited by City & Guilds and/or ILM that have been designed to do just this

• Level 3 Principles of Leadership and Management master class (ILM) – click here for course details
• Level 3 Social and Digital Media master class (City & Guilds) – click here for course details

We can fully fund any of these if your staff either live or work in Essex (including Southend-on-Sea or Thurrock) and your organisation employs fewer than 250 staff.

To book or discuss different options or development needs, please contact us on [email protected] or call 01268 270648


Funded in partnership with


Have you got staff under threat of redundancy?

If you have placed staff at risk of redundancy or have recently had to make redundancies, we can offer fully funded packages to retrain or support these staff to regain confidence and find new career pathways.

Contact us for further information on the tailor made solutions we can offer yourself and your staff

We can fully fund these if your staff either live or work in Essex (including Southend-on-Sea or Thurrock)

To book or discuss different support options or other staff development needs, please contact us on [email protected] or call 01268 270648

Funded in partnership with


Client testimonial

Athona Recruitment are a large employer who have worked in partnership with TheLightBulb to build an apprenticeship programme that develops staff across all departments and meets their organisational needs.

“TheLightBulb have provided us with a very personal service. Right from the start they took the time to understand our business and with regular dialogue and feedback they have become what feels like, an extension of us.

…They are always willing to support our apprenticeship events, listen to our needs and provide us with apprentices that are the right “fit”.

We now have a number of apprentices who are a considerable way into their apprenticeship programme, they have added tremendously to our business and the support they have received from their assessors means they are all on track to complete and succeed.

The relationship between the apprentice and their assessor is an important one and the quality provided by The Lightbulb has been ideal.”

– Joanne Waggerman Training and Development Manager, Athona Recruitment

Choose your training pathway below:


TheLightBulb work in partnership with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to deliver funded Apprenticeships across a range of industry sectors throughout Thames Gateway and Essex.  Whether you are a business looking to upskill your existing employees, or take on a new team member, or you are an individual looking for a programme that offers not only a set of qualifications but a career path TheLightBulb have an apprenticeship scheme for you!

Training Courses 

Our training and development programmes can be delivered in many formats from one to one coaching through to team building exercises for the whole company and can be delivered at locations of your choice. To find out how we can help you design a package of delivery to make your organisation fit and healthy for the future get in touch today.

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