Training and upskilling

If you bring the jobs, Horsham District has the people to fill them. We have a highly qualified workforce and a reputation for top performing schools and colleges, which provides a firm foundation on which to build your business.

More than half of people employed here are in managerial or professional roles, and we have a good network of training providers available to help you upskill existing staff.

Business Training Programme

Horsham District Council's Business Training Programme is an exciting series of workshops, projected over three years (2023 to 2025).

The Horsham District-focussed programme seeks to help entrepreneurs and business leaders build-in resilience to their business models, keep them well informed and enable opportunities for upskilling.

Find out more

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Discover other training programmes available for local businesses on our Business Training page.

Work-based training

Looking for help to upskill your existing workforce? We can put you in touch with organisations that offer work-based training and business training to suit your goals. There are dozens of courses your business can access for staff development, and many of them are free.

Journey to Work

We run a successful Journey to Work programme that connects jobseekers with local employers and offers mentoring support. If you would like to get involved and offer a Journey to Work placement at your business, please get in touch with Journey to Work.

Set up an apprenticeship scheme

Apprenticeships are an integral ingredient of today’s working environment and we can provide support to your business in developing your own apprenticeship programme.


A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.

Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, maths and English and work experience needed to get an apprenticeship or other job. Traineeships are delivered by training providers and funded by the government. Employers provide the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme.

Find out more about traineeships on the GOV.UK website.

Career fairs

Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair

The Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair connects local employers with jobseekers. Over 40 employers attended our last one, offering around 500 opportunities.

Horsham Apprenticeship Fair

The Horsham Apprenticeship Fair is a great opportunity for organisations with apprenticeships, graduate schemes or other training opportunities.

Apprenticeships aren't just for school leavers - we have a number of attendees who are looking for career path changes, and companies with all forms of training opportunity available are welcome to attend.

Employers and the public at the Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair at the Drill Hall