Western Training Provider Network moves into Engine Shed

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WTPN, the West of England’s foremost post-16 education and skills network, has moved into Engine Shed following new contracts to improve the skills system in the West of England.

WTPN’s new contracts include Temple Quarter – Recruit Differently, a collaborative project with the University of Bristol and community partners to link local apprenticeship opportunities to the Temple Quarter and centre of Bristol areas. It has also been awarded a contract by the West of England Combined Authority to run Apprenticeship Roadshows to inform and advise parents and carers about apprenticeships.

With over 20 years’ experience developing a network of education and skills partnerships with further and higher education providers across the Bristol and Bath city region, WTPN is delighted to see this growth and new home for WTPN.

Alex Richards (WTPN) in Engine Shed Members' Lounge
Alex Richards in the Engine Shed Members’ Lounge

Alex Richards, Director of WTPN, said: “We’re delighted to be developing a partnership with the University of Bristol and its hub, Engine Shed.

“We recognise the impact that Engine Shed has had on the region, and its mission ‘to stimulate inclusive economic growth by supporting business and inspiring young people to get involved’ is aligned to the work we do. We feel like it’s two complementary organisations joining together to create even more impact, we couldn’t be happier.”

Mike Paton, Director of Engine Shed, said: “University of Bristol’s involvement in the region’s Share to Support scheme has to date seen £220,000 gifted to support 24 apprenticeships. This is making a real difference to recruitment in the region and Engine Shed is delighted to support WTPN, businesses and local government to ensure that people are skilled up to make a lasting impact in the community.”


Further information about WTPN

WTPN has 40+ members delivering people and skills projects including training providers, local colleges, universities, awarding bodies, charities and not-for-profits.

WTPN’s regional apprenticeship projects include:

  • Apprenticeship Support for Businesses – an impartial, fully-funded apprenticeship support service for small to medium-sized businesses, funded by the West of England Combined Authority and the European Social Fund. The service helps businesses navigate a sometimes-complex system to find the right solutions and training providers for their individual needs.
  • Share to Support – the region’s apprenticeship levy share scheme, funded by the West of England Combined Authority and European Social Fund. It has had over £3 million in pledges from larger businesses and has supported over 200 local residents to start apprenticeships.
  • ASK Apprenticeship Service for Schools – an impartial apprenticeship information, awareness and support service for local schools and colleges, funded by the Department of Education’s ASK programme. For the last 3 years, it has delivered workshops to over 14,000 students per year.
  • Apprenticeship Roadshows – roadshow events for parents and carers, funded by the West of England Combined Authority and the Careers and Enterprise Company.
  • Temple Quarter – Recruit Differently – a collaborative project with the University of Bristol and other partners, linking local apprenticeship opportunities to the community in and around Temple Quarter and the centre of Bristol.

The West of England Apprenticeship Service for Schools and Share to Support schemes are part of the ‘Workforce for the Future’ programme funded by the West of England Combined Authority and European Social fund.


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