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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 a range of stakeholders to develop relevant and affordable high quality training programmes to meet the needs of businesses.

If your business needs more than an off-the-shelf solution, WAES can develop a bespoke training programme to meet your needs, taking into account business operations, working hours and other factors that make your business unique. WAES will carry out a Training Needs Analysis in order to determine your specific training needs. Once a tailored training plan is agreed, WAES will offer continued support in partnership with your business every step of the way. If you have specific recruitment needs, please speak to us about developing a Sector Based Work Academy.

WAES offers the following services to businesses:

  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Bespoke training
  • Employer partnerships
  • An employability offer

If you would like more information on partnership opportunities or wish to discuss our services to employers, please contact the External Partnerships team on 020 8057 5231 or e-mail


Apprenticeships at WAES

We work closely with employers of all sizes throughout Westminster and across London to enable them to recruit new apprentices and upskill or re-skill existing staff. We have many years experience in supporting Apprenticeships from a wide range of London businesses across a variety of sectors.

The Government has recently announced new financial Incentives for Employers in England. There will now be additional payments for each new apprentice you hire.

For apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 24, you will receive £2,000 in total
  • 25 and over, you will receive £1,500 in total

You can spend the payment on anything to support your organisation’s costs, from facilities and travel to uniforms and salaries. This is in addition to the £1,000 payment we already give to help employers meet the needs of some groups of apprentices in the workplace.

We offer the following Apprenticeships:

If your business is looking to employ an apprentice, please contact us today:

020 7297 7297 or

About Traineeships

Traineeships are courses designed to prepare young people for employment so that they can gain skills and knowledge to support them into apprenticeships, further education or other sustainable work

Work experience in traineeships should give the young person exposure to a real workplace so they can develop the skills, knowledge, confidence, attitudes and behaviours they need to succeed at work.

During the traineeship WAES will support the trainee to achieve English and Maths qualifications if their initial qualification is below Level 2, and digital training if needed. We will also provide Technical or professional qualifications to develop Trainees' knowledge alongside their work experience.
A trainee must undertake betweeen 6 weeks and 1 year of work experience on their traineeship. 


  • A traineeship allows you to design a programme that suits the needs of your business
  • Having a Trainee can increase your productivity and capacity. Trainees can later become employees should they fit into your business well
  • WAES will support the trainee with English, maths, digital and work-related qualifications which can lead them on to an apprenticeship, a career or further education
  • Traineeships are a great way to develop a local workforce, support your local community and develop a recruitment pipeline for upcoming roles within your organisation
  • There are no direct cost to your organisation, however you can choose to pay the Trainee for travel and lunches
  • Access a £1,000 government grant per Trainee, up to a maximum of 10 trainees per company.


  • Applicants have to be eligible to work in the UK
  • Are not currently in employment and have little work experience, but who are focused on work or the prospect of it
  • Applicants must be aged between 19-24 or young people with EHCP plans
  • Applicants must be motivated to work
  • Have no qualifications above A level (or equivalent).

Employer Responsibility

  • Safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience
  • A minimum of 70 hours of work experience - but no more than 240 hours for benefit claimants - over the duration of the traineeship (maximum of one year) and as agreed with the traineeship provider
  • Constructive feedback and advice to the trainee.

If you are interested in traineeships, please contact Beth O'Connell at


Current Traineeships Offered:

Bookkeeping Traineeship

This traineeship introduces the role of a bookkeeper and simple bookkeeping techniques. Learners will understand the role of the bookkeeper and financial transactions, learn to process customer and supplier transactions and how to process receipts and payments. The training offered also includes Level 1 or 2 Write to Communicate, Level 1 or 2 Making Calculation and 70 + hours of work experience.

The training offered will include:

  • Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Write to Communicate
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Making Calculation
  • 70 + hours work experience

Find out more

Graphic Design Traineeship

This qualification will provide the trainee with the underpinning knowledge required by employers to work in the creative industries. The content of the qualification was developed with representatives from universities, further education colleges, sixth form colleges and employers to ensure that it provides students with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to become graphic designers.

The training offered will include:

  • Level 2 Award in Creative Industries (UAL)
  • Level 1 Award in Graphic Design
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Write to Communicate
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Making Calculation
  • 70 + hours work experience

Find out more

Business Administration

This qualification is intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the business and administration sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in business and administration or other related sectors.

The training offered will include:

  • Level 1 Award in Skills for Business Administration
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Write to Communicate
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Making Calculation
  • 70 + hours work experience

Find out more

Customer Care Traineeship

This qualification will provide the trainee with the underpinning knowledge required by employers to work in a range of different environments in a customer service role. The trainee will develop essential knowledge of the importance of the customer service role, understand how organisations ensure effective customer service and be able to interact positively with customers within the employer organisation.

The training offered will include:

  • Level 2 Working With Customers
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Write to Communicate
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Making Calculation
  • 70 + hours work experience

Find out more

The Hospitality Pathways Project

The Hospitality Pathways Project is joint funded by the European Social Fund and the GLA with the aim of providing free training to those employed within the Hospitality sector.

Its purpose is to help employees progress up the career ladder, secure a salary increase or move on from a zero-hours contract. The focus of this project is on upskilling or reskilling employees, including those that have been furloughed due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak and the restrictions brought in to tackle it.

Eligible businesses and their employees can benefit from a training offer which is relevant to the hospitality sector, with remotely delivered training, including distance and online learning, and vocational training via Teams.

Eligibility Criteria

Below are the key ESF eligibility requirements but interested parties should contact us to confirm if they meet the full EF eligibility criteria requirements.

ESF support has no upper age limit, but an individual must be:

  • employed within the hospitality sector
  • legally resident in the UK
  • able to take paid employment in a European Union member state.

Programme Flyers:

Contact us

If you are interested in working with us, please contact Alexa Hipwood on

WAES works with Employer Partners to enhance our learning experience, develop better progression opportunities for learners and to help to produce a curriculum conducive to employers' needs.

We can provide our Employer Partners with:

  • Networking opportunities with others via industry-focused events and one-to-one brokering of connections
  • Recognition and promotion at a civic level of your organisation’s support and offer, which may include potential referrals to your organisation
  • Work placement and recruitment support for your organisation with WAES learners who are learning qualifications related to your industry, providing access to new and emerging talent
  • Support from the City Council’s Healthy Workplace Award scheme, including free practical support and advice from the Council in relation to health and wellbeing
  • Other Council services – a single point of contact from WAES’ external partnerships team, including assistance on engaging with Council departments (such as business rates, licensing, planning).

Contact Us

If you would like more information on partnership opportunities or wish to discuss our services to employers, please contact the External Partnerships team on 020 8057 5231 or e-mail

Our Partners

Westminster City Council

As part of Westminster City Council, we are committed to delivering the Council’s “City for All” ambition through developing our learning offer, working closer with communities, businesses and forging meaningful relationships with external stakeholders. We achieve this by working closely with other departments of the City Council and a range of Council contractors, across a wide range of areas such as employment, apprenticeships, work placements, training and more.

Prospects - National Careers Service

Prospects is the prime contractor for the National Careers Service in London and provides WAES learners with a range of careers information, advice and guidance to help them manage their career and progress into learning, training and employment.


Matrix specialise in managing and improving recruitment supply chains, making hiring reliable, simple and fast while reducing costs. Matrix also work with WAES learners to deliver a range of employability support through workshops and one-to-one information, advice and guidance.

Westminster Business Council

Westminster Business Council is London’s premier business connections network. We help businesses grow across the Capital by providing effective business intelligence and contacts. Our events programme and introduction service help businesses to develop their client base.


Tree Shepherd

Tree Shepherd believe that with trust and patience everyone can be enabled to take a positive role in their community. They wish to create employment and transform deprived areas into thriving communities through bringing the talents of local people and local enterprises into collaborative networks. They achieve this through a dynamic combination of enterprise training, business support and practical help delivered with empathy and commitment.

Swinbrook House Nursery School

Swinbrook House Nursery School Marylebone is a local nursery for children of age 1 year to 5 years, just off Marylebone High Street and minutes from WAES’ Lisson Grove Centre. We are working with Swinbrook House to provide work placements for learners, gain further insights into the early years industry and deliver co-created events relating to the early years sector.



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