Why use a consultancy service

Here at The EMG we understand that it can be really difficult to find the information you need when you're setting up a training centre. 
We know because we've done it ourselves! Using a consultant gives you the temporary expertise you need when you're first setting up. As your consultant doesn't work for your business, you get true impartiality. 

Become an approved training centre 

Construction companies, aesthetics practitioners, engineering businesses, specialist education providers and care providers have all recently worked with The EMG to successfully open accredited training centres. If you want to do the same, The EMG is here to support you. 
Our rigorous pre-approval centre set-up service allows us to check that you have the capacity, right staff, qualifications, premises, resources and everything else you need to become your own training centre. 
Please note that we can only support businesses based in the UK to open training centres in the UK.  

Centre set-up approval 

When setting up as a training centre, you will need: 
Level 3 Award in Education and Training and Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement: you can complete these qualifications in a number of different ways to suit your needs. 
Enough staff qualified in your area of specialism to deliver the courses you want to offer: we can support you to recruit tutors, assessors and internal quality assurers. Most awarding organisations want you to be occupationally competent, which can mean anything from 6 months’ – 5 years’ experience. This is a big task, so you will need at least two staff in your centre.  
You'll also need..... 

An awarding body to accredit your courses 

You’ll receive all the support you need to find an appropriate awarding body and apply to become a centre with them. 


Before you start working with us, you will need to be in a position to pay for all elements, including your awarding body set-up fees, as they are payable at the point of application. We do not provide funding application services, nor guidance in this area. The EMG always recommends that you seek financial advice from a qualified financial expert, such as an accountant, if you need advice on money. 

Why choose The EMG? 

Between them, our consultants have almost 40 years' experience in a variety of sectors including: 
Teaching and training 
Special educational needs 
Supported living 
Leadership and management 
Youth work 


You will need resources prepared for all courses you want to offer at the point of awarding body application. The EMG provides a bespoke course authoring and resource design service. 


Although we will take much of the legwork out of your centre set up, you will need to set time aside to consult with us and enable us to complete your project to the agreed timescale. You’ll also need to ensure that you (or someone!) has time to run the new training arm of your business! 

How much time will it take? 

On average, centre set-up can take 6 months or longer, but this very much depends on where you are in your centre set-up process when you start working with us. 
You will receive a timeline and action plan when you start working with The EMG that is completely bespoke to you and your circumstances. 

Your centre set-up package 

As standard, you will receive (not necessarily in this order!): 
A timeline: 
You will receive a timeline and action plan for setting up your training centre. 
Advice and guidance with a training expert 
Come to us with any questions you have about your new training centre. 
Fact finding and research to find your perfect awarding body 
Our consultants are highly experienced in training centre set-up, having worked with multiple awarding organisations such as Open College Network, City and Guilds, Highfield, ABT, CPD, NCFE, Open Awards, VTCT, UAL and others. 
All communications with awarding body 
This can be a lengthy process. We will handle all communications and ensure that your chosen awarding body has everything they need to process your application and approval smoothly. 
Applying for awarding body 
Some awarding organisations require a lot of information and paperwork can be time consuming. 
The EMG will complete this on your behalf. 
Support during awarding body approval process 
Often it is during the approval process that businesses realise they need to make some changes to their set-up. We are here to support and advise you throughout. 
Preparation for centre opening 
You will want to promote your new centre and get potential learners excited about it! We can help you with social media marketing and website copy. Link with us on social media and we’ll also like and share all of your posts! 
Aftercare support 
Your consultant is on hand for phone support for up to 3 months after you set up. 
Prices start at: £1999 
Optional extras: 
You will need your Level 3 Award in Education and Training and Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. 
Prices start at £825 per person 
Course writing and design 
The EMG has a highly skilled and experienced course author who, as well as writing for The EMG on the topics of education and training, leadership and management, equality and diversity LGBTQI+ awareness and employability, has also authored for Skills Network, ABT, CPD and multiple other organisations. Many awarding bodies want you to submit original training materials at the point of application and, depending on how many courses you want to offer, this can be time consuming. Let The EMG take the strain and we will write your courses for you. We’ll write your lesson plans too. 
Prices start at £275 per day 
Exact amount will depend on the writing services you require 
IQA finding service 
Some awarding organisations require you to have an Internal Quality Assurer in place. We have a database of IQAs who have capacity: if we don’t already have someone listed in your sector, we will find someone! 
Prices start at: £75 
Writing policies and procedures 
It's good practice to have these in place at the point of approval whether your awarding organisation requests them or not. We can write them for you, or amend policies and procedures you already have. 
Prices start at: £275 
Business planning 
The EMG can write you a business plan or give one you already have some TLC. 
Prices start at: £275 

I'm not in a position to pay for consultancy. What else can I do to set up my training centre? 

Read our blog so you want to set up a training centre. The EMG cannot provide free advice on the telephone or by email but the blog includes a huge amount of information on how you can go through the centre set-up process by yourself.  
Go it alone with our Ultimate Guide To Setting Up A Training Centre! Available for download immediately for just £25.  

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