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Free, impartial, independent apprenticeship support and advice service

Are you a business in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset or South Gloucestershire 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...

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  • Research - We'll research apprentice standards and solutions to meet your needs. If you want a more in-depth look into how apprenticeships can fit into your business, we can also create you a bespoke Apprenticeship Development Plan
     

  • Find a training provider - We'll arrange meetings for you to meet with training providers and facilitate a handover once you've chosen a provider. Including helping you with any forms
     

  • Advertise - We can help you to write an advert to attract a more diverse applicant pool as well as create promotional material to help advertise your vacancy and post on our social media channels & share with our network/the local community
     

  • Funding options - We'll discuss different funding options available to you depending on the age of your apprentice
     

  • Set you up for success - We'll support you with setting everything up for your apprentices start. This could include helping with shortlisting candidates, interview questions and contracts
     

  • Available for any questions - We're here to help, just let us know if you have any questions and we'll be happy to support

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. But don’t just take our word for it, read what small and medium size businesses just like yourself had to say about the service...

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The West of England Combined Authority is working in partnership with the Western Training Provider Network to deliver the Mayoral Priority Skills Fund. This fund provides flexible grant to meet current priority skills gaps in the region. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Young Businesswoman

Apprentice

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 westofengland-ca.gov.uk/full-privacy-notice-wftf-october-2020/

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.

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