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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 
  • Bespoke training
  • Employer partnerships
  • An employability offer

WAES is currently working in partnership with the following organisations to delivery various apprenticeship programmes:

If you would like more information on partnership opportunities or wish to discuss our services to employers, please email or call 020 7297 7297 and ask for the Partnerships team.

Click here to view our partnership flyer.

Apprenticeships at WAES

We work closely with employers of all sizes throughout Westminster, London and nationally to support them in the recruitment of new apprentices and to upskill or re-skill existing staff. With many years' experience in successfully training and preparing Apprentices for assessment from a wide range of businesses across a variety of sectors, we have a five-star rating from our apprenticeship employer partners on the Government's apprenticeship service.

We offer the following Apprenticeships:

Please contact us today for more information:

020 7297 7297 or

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.

Find out more about Hospitality Pathways 

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.

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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