The West of England Apprenticeship Service (WEAS)

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Are you looking to recruit new talent and skills into your business? Or perhaps you want to offer development opportunities to your team and upskill the next leaders and managers in your team? Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers. There are hundreds of apprenticeships now available across different levels and sectors. If you have never used apprenticeships before, just want to find out more, or you need support we are here to help...

The West of England Apprenticeship Service offers a free, independent and impartial apprenticeship support service to SMEs based in the West of England. We are here to support you to understand how apprenticeships can help your business grow, retain and develop your team. We know that there is a lot of information out there around apprenticeships and we are here to simplify that for you and find the right solution for your needs. Our team will help you navigate the apprenticeship system, understand funding and identify suitable apprenticeships for your business's skills needs. Through the Western Training Provider Network we will match you with a suitable training provider who will support any recruitment needs and deliver the apprentice's training. 

The service is led by the Western Training Provider Network, as part of the West of England Combined Authority's Workforce for the Future programme. The service is free to businesses, thanks to funding and support from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

How can WEAS help my business?

We can help you to understand how apprenticeships can support your team with recruitment, retention, upskilling and succession planning objectives. Our team:

  • Provide a free apprenticeship diagnostic and solution service. Through a series of consultation calls we take time to get to know your business and understand your current and future skills needs. We will present strategic recommendations and apprenticeship solutions to you in a bespoke Apprenticeship Development Plan which you can share with your team. 

  • Apprenticeships at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels. We will guide you through the apprenticeship system, ensuring you have up to date information on the training and development opportunities that are available.

  • Assist you with queries and guide you through the process. You will be matched with a member of our team who will be here to answer any questions you have and support you through each stage of the process.

  • Tools, training and resources for your team. We will work with your team to make sure that we set you and the apprentice up for success; whether it's help with inducting someone remotely, or training up managers who may be mentoring apprentices. 

  • Facilitated handover to a training partner. Through our Network we have strong links with local training providers who deliver apprenticeships in the region. We will support you to choose the right training partner and facilitate a handover. 

  • Best practice and networking. You will have access to training we run for SMEs and opportunities for peer networking. 

Get in touch with the team to discuss how we can help you: 

Young Businesswoman


I really appreciate how helpful you have all been, I'm sure the business will be back in touch in the future, they can't speak highly enough of the service.

Business Owner

Anthem Publishing

An exceptionally professional service has been provided in an easy to understand

way. The advice has been especially relevant to our business and very helpful as apprenticeships were a new concept for us.

Male Student

Future Wealth Management

The service so far has been great, the team has always been a call away with any support and help we have needed. We have been able to understand the options available to us and what we really need. We have now got a plan in place with one new starter on an Apprenticeship already.

We take your data very seriously and are committed to the privacy and security of it. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) fund this service, and your data will be passed to them. Their privacy policy is available at

Where you provide personal data to us, it is essential that you have the right to give us that personal data, and to allow us to use it as anticipated by the arrangements between us.  This includes where the personal data that you are providing relates to people other than yourself.  We will rely on you to make sure that you do have those rights.  Both we and you will comply with our obligations under all relevant laws and rules on data protection and privacy.