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WAES working in partnership with Westminster employers and businesses in London

Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) is one of Westminster’s leading training providers. We work with small and medium employers to develop a range of relevant and affordable high quality training programmes to meet the needs of developing businesses.

WAES offers various services to employers and businesses in London including:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Workplace learning
  • Traineeships
  • Tailored training programmes

  • Employability

Apprenticeships at WAES

Westminster Adult Education Service provides learning and training support for any business.

Our Apprenticeships programme develops the skills of your workforce effectively and delivers training options that are designed around your business needs, not off-the-shelf training packages, whilst your business focuses on providing the professional work environment. Whether you are a sole trader or a multi-national, well-trained employees will keep your business healthy.

Apprenticeships is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Benefits to employers:

  • Employers say that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications;
  • There were more than 250,000 employer workplaces with an apprentice in 2014/15;
  • Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 per week;
  • Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their skills base resulting in increased profits,
  • lower prices and better products.
Apprenticeship are a work-based training programme, which encompasses substantial training and the  development of transferrable soft skills. Apprenticeships are available to new and existing employees and usually take between 1-4 years to complete, depending on the level and course. Most apprenticeships are delivered entirely in the workplace, with some exceptions.

Qualified and expert assessors provide excellent pastoral support for apprentices during workplace reviews and throughout the programme, visiting the apprentice at least once a month to review their progress and set new targets.

Most apprentices develop their interpersonal, communication and employability skills extremely well, and many undertake additional qualifications that complement their main area of study. They tend to be motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invests in them.

Apprenticeships help your business develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest working practices and technology in your sector.

Facts and figures:

  • 87% of employers said they were satisfied with their apprenticeship programme;
  • 76% of employers say that productivity has improved;
  • 75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

An apprenticeship programme offers a cost effective solution to your staffing needs and at the same time, you’ll be showing your business’s commitment to social responsibility and tackling unemployment.

Contact us

If you would like more information on apprenticeships or wish to further discuss our services, please contact the Workplace Learning and Apprenticeships team on 020 7641 8186 or e-mail

Tailored Training

If your business needs more than just an off-the-shelf solution, WAES can develop a bespoke training programme to meet your requirements, taking into account business operations, working hours and other factors that make your business unique.

WAES can carry out a consultation to determine the specific training needs for your business. Some parts of a tailored training programme may be government funded and some may be charged to your business.

The training proposed will reflect the learning needs of your workforce and may include face-to-face group work, individual assessments or on-the-job learning.

Once a tailored training plan is agreed, WAES will offer continued support in partnership with your business every step of the way.

Workplace learning

WAES provides off-the-shelf-solutions to develop the knowledge and skills of your workforce, helping you overcome tomorrow’s challenges and remain competitive in your market.

The delivery of workplace learning, such as the place of study and length of course, is based on the needs of your business

Typical training programmes run for six-month duration, one day a week. Disruption to your day to day business function is kept to a minimum, allowing your employees to gain the skills required to aid your business’s productivity.

To identify the training that is right for your business WAES will assist with conducting an employee skill scan and will support all aspects of your chosen programmes and provide you with regular progress.

The range of workplace learning subjects includes

  • English and maths
  • Business and Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Team Leading
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Children and Young Peoples Workforce
  • Accounting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Health and Social Care

Contact us

If you would like more information on training and apprenticeships or wish to discuss our services to business further please contact the Workplace Learning and Apprenticeships team on 020 7641 8186 or e-mail



As a main Skills Funding Agency provider, WAES can deliver free employment support and accredited training for cohorts of your unemployed clients, adding value to your overall provision and supporting progression into sustainable employment.

If you are a Jobcentre, work programme provider, housing association, charity, community organisation that works with unemployed people, we can help!

WAES can deliver onsite at any of your locations in London through our network of trainers, saving the clients time and money in travelling to unfamiliar areas.

WAES will engage with individuals in need of skills and employability support, identifying suitable training (regulated courses and units from the Qualification and Credit Framework) and ensure that clients are able to improve their skills and find employment.

All potential learners will need to be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Income Support to be eligible for training.

Programmes on offer;

  • Job Searching and Interview Skills
  • Employability Skills in the Workplace
  • Basic ICT Skills
  • Retail and Customer Service
  • Business Administration
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Food Safety in Catering
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Money Management
  • Introduction to Self Employment

Contact us

If you would like more information on training and apprenticeships or wish to discuss our services to business further please contact the Workplace Learning and Apprenticeships team on 020 7641 8186 or e-mail

Training partners

Westminster Adult Education Service is pround to work with the following partners.
The House of St Barnabas works to create a future where lasting employment is a reality for those affected by homelessness and social exclusion.

The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and skills services in the UK and internationally. At the heart of what they do is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone they support.

Sport motivates, inspires and connects across a wide area of the community to deliver positive outcomes to people’s lives. QPR in the Community Trust uses the power of football to reach people from all backgrounds.

SHP supports some of London’s most vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They work with their clients to understand their psychological and emotional needs, to support them with their recovery and to enable them to develop the resources to live independently and achieve personally meaningful goals.

Vital Regeneration focuses on breaking the cycle of deprivation through supporting communities that are most in need. They do this through listening to individuals and communities, championing their needs, designing programmes that respond to the challenges they face and building the strong partnerships necessary to deliver change.

FACES is made up of a team of work coaches and specialist caseworkers who work closely with individuals and families that have struggled to get into work and may be facing other problems in their lives.

Fritzya delivers training, employment support and business programmes for communities and organizations around the United Kingdom. Fritzya is committed to finding creative solutions to address the high rate of unemployment and underemployment which has been a prominent feature of the uncertain economic climate in the past few years.

Kennedy Scott has been delivering welfare to work and employment training programmes since 1989, primarily for Jobcentre Plus and its predecessors. These years of continuous delivery form the core of the company’s business, giving the staff and management a strong base of expertise and knowledge across the full range of employment related services.

WAES has worked in partnership with MCC Community at Lord's Cricket Ground, which is committed to developing a comprehensive community engagement programme to help enrich the lives of, in particular, some of the City of Westminster’s most disadvantaged residents.

Contact us

If you would like more information on training and apprenticeships or wish to discuss our services to business further please contact the Workplace Learning and Apprenticeships team on 020 7641 7849 or e-mail


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