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The Network

Who are we and what do we do?


Established in 2004, The Western Training Provider Network enables training and education providers in the West of England to share opportunities, best practice, collaborate and get maximum value from their training programmes.

​Our Purpose is:

  • To provide a single, credible organisation to represent and promote high quality, accessible education and training.

  • To support providers to continually improve the quality of their training programmes in response to employer and learner needs by sharing best practice, tools and resources.

  • To support employers in finding quality training providers that can develop their workforce and service their needs

  • To ensure learners in the West of England are given an equal opportunity to access high quality education and learning.

  • To raise awareness of the full range of career and education options available to ensure learners can make informed choices.

  • To develop and promote the regions Apprenticeship availability.

  • To deliver government initiatives (such as skills fairs, careers events and education of the Prevent agenda) by collaborating with members.

Our Members:

  • Meet quarterly to network, form partnerships and discuss funding opportunities.

  • Receive talks from local and National speakers to understand funding regulations, improve quality, systems and delivery.

  • Attend workshops to develop best practice.

  • Receive emails and newsletter with the latest initiatives.


Our members provide a range of services, which can include:

  • Post 16 courses (A levels, vocational courses)

  • Apprenticeships

  • Foundation Learning

  • Traineeships

  • short funded courses - Employability, Functional Skills (English, Maths and Digital Skills)

  • Adult education funded short courses (such as sector based skills academies)

  • Higher Education and commercial training.

  • End Point Assessment

  • ESOL training

  • Equality, Diversity and Safeguarding Training

  • On Line Apprenticeship Learner Management Systems

  • On Line Careers, Advice and Guidance and Work Experience Platforms for Schools

The Network also uses it's strength in depth to deliver regional projects and initiatives as a collective of partners. It secures regional and National funding to deliver projects on a regular basis.


The WTPN has represented the members on the following groups:

  • West of England Combined Authority Skills Advisory Panel

  • West of England Careers Hub Advisory Panel

  • Bristol City Region Prevent Group

  • LEP Skills Board

  • LEP Employability Group

  • AELP South West Regional Network Group

  • NEET Operational Group – Bristol CC

  • Banes and S.Glos Skills groups

  • Banes Apprenticeship Group and it's Learning Partnership Working Group

  • LEP Devolution of Skills – Operational Group

  • LEP Apprenticeship Provider Group

  • Bristol CC Learning City – Lfw Strategic Group (PEBL, The Works, Education and Capital Strategy, Employment & Skills Strategy)

  • Bristol and Regional CEIAG best practice working group


If you would like to contact the network and discuss membership or have any other questions, please get in touch with Alex Richards, WTPN Operations Director, by contacting here.

Benefits of joining the WTPN range from networking, collaboration and the sharing of best practice to workshops and being represented at key regional stakeholder meetings. 
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