Projects and Initiatives
The WTPN, utilising it's collaborative nature and strength in depth of member organisations regularly leads events and projects that support the development of a first class skills system within the West of England.
Taking a collective approach, the Network can ensure support and promotion for all of its members including smaller, unique providers and offers a greater reach to funding commissioners, local and National Stakeholders
Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge in Schools
The WTPN is currently delivering the ASK programme in the West of England to 55 schools. The ASK programme is an apprenticeship awareness and and support programme for students (yr 10 - yr 13), teachers and parents. The project is funded by the Department of Education and commissioned through the National Apprenticeship Service. The WTPN works as part of a collective of regional delivery partners throughout the South of England led by CXK partners. If you are a school and you are interested in receiving a session from our team for your students or their parents, please get in touch. More information about the ASK programme can be found here.
The West of England Apprenticeship Service (WEAS)
WEAS offers free, independent and impartial advice, resources and practical apprenticeship support for small to medium sized businesses across the region.
The service, led by the Western Training Provider Network, adds value by helping local businesses navigate and benefit from the apprenticeship system. 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). The service is funded for 3 years from September 2020 to August 2023. If you are an SME based in the West of England, and you are looking to recruit or upskill your staff through apprenticeships, please get in touch to find how we can support you. More information about what the service offers can be found here.
The West of England Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service (as part of WEAS)
The West of England Levy Transfer Service enables large apprenticeship levy paying organisations to transfer unspent levy to other organisations within the West of England region, thus keeping apprenticeship funding in region and supporting more local businesses and learners. The programme is also funded by the West of England Combined Authority and European Social fund. The service is funded for 3 years until Summer/Autumn 2023. If you are levy paying organisation and want to transfer your unspent levy, please get in touch with us. More information about the Levy Transfer Service can be found here.
Meet The Provider Event
Each year the WTPN in collaboration with Bristol City Council runs a 'Meet the Provider' Event. Over 40 providers of post-16 education and training and NEET support programmes meet with over 100 influencers of young people. The intention is of 'educating the influencers, promoting up to date provision advice and reduce NEET numbers at a time of flux in the system (September when students traditionally start new provision). This year in collaboration with the West of England Combined Authority and 'Like to Be' a learner web platform, the event was delivered live on line and attracted over 300+ influencers and advisers of young people.
From September 2017 - March 2019 the WTPN partnered with Business West to deliver Skills West, a £2m European Skills Funded West of England LEP commissioned skills project.
Other work has included:
Delivering projects for the National Apprenticeship Service and LSC such as 'Apprenticeship graduation events', 'Have a go events and other Skills training and Apprenticeship promotional events.
If you are interested in partnering with the WTPN Network on future opportunities for funding and skills services, please do get in touch.