National Skills Academies

Trafford College is recognised as a National Skills Academy in Retail, Sport & Active Leisure, Environmental Technologies, and Hospitality. The National Skills Academy accreditation identifies excellence in both training content and delivery, helping employers and individuals make informed choices when selecting a training provider.

National Skills Academy Sport & Active LeisureSport & Active Leisure

We work with a range of companies within the sport and active leisure industry to ensure all sport and fitness staff are trained to a high standard. Working with some of the UK’s leading leisure clubs but also small independent gymnasiums, we provide training in all aspects of sport and active leisure, including     personal training, fitness instructing, and coaching.

National Skills Academy Environmental TechnologiesEnvironmental Technologies

Trafford College is one of 14 leading Environmental Technology ‘hub’ colleges in the UK, providing training in the design, installation and maintenance of technologies such as solar thermal, photovoltaics, heat pumps, water harvesting and recycling. These increasingly popular subjects are taught in Trafford College’s       specialist ‘Green Room’, based at our Technology Centre.

National Skills Academy HospitalityHospitality

Working with some of the most popular restaurants and eating establishments in the region, Trafford College has a strong reputation for producing some of the most dynamic and inspiring chef’s today. The College also provides Hospitality training at it’s on-site Restaurant and Bar, Aspire.

National Skills Academy Retail


Trafford College provides Retail training for those interested in a career in the retail industry. We also provide training to retailers, managers and their staff to ensure first class service. Our ‘retail skills shop’ at the Talbot Road site provides a real working environment for those on our retail training programmes.

National Skills Academy for Financial Services LogoFinancial Services

Trafford College as part of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services works with both companies and young people to provide the skills and expertise to meet the needs of the industry. Our expert tutors deliver a range of programmes both in the College and the workplace.



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Trafford College is a leading provider of education and training in Greater Manchester. With a £50m investment in world-class facilities, an innovative approach to learning and exceptional links with some of the borough’s most significant employers, students are given a platform from which they can achieve their full potential.