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Who we are

GWP is a membership network of training providers who have either a direct contract or sub-contract to deliver government funded learning programmes in the local authority areas of Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

As of 1 January 2015, the network:

• has 29 members, comprising 6 FE (Further Education) Colleges, 3 Local Authorities, 3 not for profit organisations and 17 private training providers.

• offers a broad range of training provision, including: apprenticeships; traineeships; work based learning; study programmes; foundation learning; maths, English and ICT skills for life; programmes for the unemployed; A’ levels.

• offers learners a wide range of teaching mediums including distance, classroom based, flexible, and e-learning opportunities

• members have over £142M of government funded contracts.

• delivers adult learning programmes to over 25,000 learners annually in Wiltshire, Swindon & Gloucestershire.

• has accessed over £50,000 for project work over the past 3 years. Several of these projects have been jointly delivered with colleagues in the other 3 networks based in the South West.

• provides courses in over 40 vocational sectors, including; customer service; management; career counselling; manufacturing; engineering; gas & plumbing; vehicle maintenance; health & social care; animal care; sales & marketing; retail; sport & active leisure; contact centre; warehousing; transport; logistics.

• works closely with the local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to ensure that training provision meets local employers' skills needs and gaps .

• offers courses from entry level through to level 6+ (degree level).

Training providers often access various national and European funding pots so that they can offer free training to employers and employees, depending on specific eligibility criteria.

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All members are listed on the Skills Funding Agency Register of Approved Training Providers (ROTO) and have been inspected by OFSTED. GWP is the ‘go to’ provider network for Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council, and works closely with the Gloucester LEP and the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP. On a regional scale, GWP works with the other 3 networks in the South West and collaborates with these networks to apply for regionally funded projects.

The network is overseen by a management group which meets approximately one month before each meeting to discuss the agenda for the members’ meetings, review the vision and objectives of the network, set short and long term objectives, and ensure that the network is meeting the specific needs of its members.

Traineeships

Traineeships are designed to help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but do not yet have appropriate skills or experience. Traineeships prepare young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. They provide the essential work preparation training, maths and English and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job.

Training providers deliver traineeships, which are funded by the government, with employers providing the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Apprentices work alongside experienced staff and:

• gain job-specific skills;

• earn a wage and get holiday pay;

• study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week);

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level. An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

• Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes

• Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes

• Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

Apprentices are:

• aged 16 or over

• eligible to work in England

• not in full-time education

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Skills for Life (maths, English & ICT)

Skills for Life is the national strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills launched by the government in March 2001. The strategy aims to improve significantly the literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), and language (ESOL) skills of adults in England.

Skills for Life is often used to refer to literacy and numeracy learning which caters for the literacy, language and numeracy needs of all post-16 learners, including those with learning difficulties and disabilities, from pre-entry level up to and including level 2. This includes all forms of provision, whether delivered as stand-alone, or as part of a vocational programme or bolt on course, and whether delivered full time, part time or through self-study or ICT.

Study Programmes

All students aged 16-19 should be given the opportunity to follow a course that:

• Provides progression to a level higher than that of their prior attainment;

• Includes qualification(s) that are of sufficient size and rigour to stretch the student and are clearly linked to suitable progression opportunities in training, employment or higher levels of education;

• Requires students to work towards GCSE A* – C grade in Maths and English (or other qualifications that will act as a stepping stone for achievement of these qualifications in time);

• Allows for meaningful work experience related to the vocational area of the Study Programme, which develops employability skills and/or creates potential employment options;

• Includes other activities unrelated to qualifications that develop the skills, attitudes and confidence that support progression.

Work-based learning

The aim of work-based learning is to help people excel in the workplace, to help businesses grow with a well-trained workforce and also gives new employees the opportunity to learn essential skills on the job.

There are a range of work-based programmes aimed at supporting learners or participants and these programmes are delivered by training providers:

The qualifications enable employees to fit study around work and earn whilst they learn, enabling employees to achieve valuable qualifications at the same time as gaining relevant, practical experience in real work situations. Work-based learning also incorporates Apprenticeships.

Training providers offer courses in a broad range of sectors and across a range of learning medium. The courses may or may not have exams, coursework and assessments.

Employability programmes

Employability skills are general skills that are needed to get most jobs, but they also help people to stay in a job and work their way to the top. Whilst there will always be some job-specific skills that an employer is looking for, most employers will also want applicants to have some general skills.

Many training providers work closely with Jobcentre plus to offer a number of programmes aimed at helping unemployed people into work. This may include working with local employers to offer work experience placements and volunteering opportunities.

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