Shaw Trust Business Academy

Change your future with the Shaw Trust Business Academy

Shaw Trust Business Academy Logo

Has your job been directly impacted by Covid-19? Are you looking for a new career path?

Shaw Trust’s Business Academy can provide you with careers planning and guidance as well as opportunities for training. Obtain highly transferable skills suitable to start your career within any sector.

We can also provide support for your wellbeing to help you overcome any barriers that are preventing you from training, employment or progression in your current role or to start your career.

Are you looking for another academy? Please visit our Shaw Trust Academies homepage.

Flexibility of business skills

Obtaining up-to-date training and qualifications in business gives you transferable skills suitable for any sector.

Essential to any organisation, they contribute to the success of a business and cover a number of areas from communication, project management and negotiation to conflict resolution, leadership and customer service.

Good business skills at every level ensure effective communication with colleagues and keep an organisation running smoothly.

Female on a laptop video call with multiple work colleagues

What is the Business Academy?

The Business Academy is perfect for you if you’re looking to reskill or upskill, and if your role has been directly impacted by Covid-19. 

Signing up to the Academy will give you the opportunity to learn new skills, gain qualifications and open doors to employment and progression opportunities.

The Academy is for you if your job or wellbeing has been directly impacted as a result of Covid-19. This includes:

  • Losing your job.
  • A reduction in your hours and/or salary.
  • You have suffered from a decline in your health and wellbeing as a direct result of Covid-19.

We can support anyone regardless of ability or experience.

Through the Academy you can receive careers planning and guidance support, training, opportunities to gain work experience and on-the-job training. Wellbeing support is also available to help you overcome any barriers that are preventing you from entering training and/or gaining employment.

Training and support activity will be provided through a range of blended approaches including remote engagement, self-directed learning through our CPD platforms and face-to-face where required.

Pathway support available includes:

  • Careers planning and guidance.
  • Accessing training.
  • Employment training within current role.
  • Undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship (pre-apprenticeships for young people).
  • Wellbeing support.

If you require functional skills (English, maths or digital skills) to be able to complete any qualifications and training we can also provide this.

A Learner Support Fund is also available to those with significant financial barriers to help with travel costs, internet, childcare, IT equipment or learning materials.

  • Support provided is bespoke to you and your needs.
  • Clear pathways of progression based on your career goals.
  • Support is at your own pace – time at the Academy will depend on your goals.
  • We work in partnership, not in competition, opening up a variety of opportunities for you to progress.
  • We provide a wraparound service of support with care, compassion and understanding.
  • Our staff are dedicated and highly-skilled practitioners in health and social care, enabling them to guide you with expert knowledge in your learning.
  • A Learner Support Fund is also available to those with significant financial barriers to help with travel costs, internet, childcare, IT equipment or learning materials.

To be able to access this serviceyou must be: 

  • Unemployed with an interest in developing a new career path. 
  • Not in full or part time education, employment or training.
  • legal resident of the UK.
  • Aged 16 years + 


Are currently working but: 

  • Have had your salary/ hours/role reduced as a result of Covid-19. 
  • Are at risk of redundancy as a result of Covid-19. 
  • You are a person on low income (below £17,374.50 per annum specify or London living £21,157.50).

If you are interested and feel you meet the above eligibility criteria, please provide us with a bit more information about yourself through our self-referral form. Please click here to complete our self-referral form.

A dedicated Engagement Officer will get back to you and arrange a further discussion and to carry out your enrollment. You will then be allocated one of the following based on your needs:

  • A tutor.
  • Learning Mentors for wellbeing support.
  • Progression officer for careers planning, guidance and accessing further training opportunities/employment.

If you have any queries please contact

The Business Academy is part of Shaw Trust Academies simultaneously:

  • Addressing skills gaps and staff shortages. 
  • Supporting those in deprived areas of England reducing unemployment rates.
  • Driving up professional standards.
  • Supporting employers to increase and improve workforce standards.

Find out more about Shaw Trust Academies.

Apprenticeship in Management
Read Pele's story
Progression to Chief Operating Officer
Read Natalie's story
Course in Customer Service
Read Paula's story

Contact us

Please complete the form below and one of our engagement team will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Alternatively please contact us at

By ticking this box you agree for your information to be stored and for you to be contacted about upcoming opportunities. For full details on how we process your data please read our privacy policy.


Diversity and Inclusion graphic

Connecting Choices champions National Inclusion Week

The Connecting Choices programme has been celebrating National Inclusion Week which runs between 27 September – 3 October. National Inclusion Week aims to celebrate everyday inclusion in all its forms.…
Skip to content