Celebrating our 50th Anniversary!





Overview of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association (HWGTA) – Key Points

  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association (HWGTA) was founded in 1967 by local employers and is celebrating 50 years in business in 2017.
  • There are only 27 other Group Training Associations in the country.
  • HWGTA is still owned and controlled by member companies. A voluntary Board of Directors takes the strategic lead for the Association, ensuring that the Association’s provision meets any requirement for local skills development.
  • HWGTA is a “not for profit” company and therefore all financial surplus is invested back into resource for training provision.
  • HWGTA has two training sites. One in Hereford and one brand new, purpose built site in Worcester.
  • Originally starting as an engineering training provider, HWGTA now offers training in administration, accountancy, management, customer service, warehousing and adult workforce development.
  • HWGTA support over 500 apprentices in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
  • HWGTA was judged to be “Outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted in 2016.
  • When founded there were 2 members of staff – there are now 40.
  • Over 70% of HWGTA staff are “ex apprentices”, who have come back to pass on what they learnt through HWGTA. Our Chief Executive, was himself an apprentice with HWGTA, as was his predecessor.
  • An engineering apprenticeship normally last 4 years, with the first year spent entirely “off the job” in our training centre.
  • Engineering apprenticeships include weekly physical training.
  • An administration, accountancy and customer service apprenticeship, usually lasts 12 months, with training delivered via weekly day release.
  • All apprentices get the opportunity to attend a week long outdoor activity residential course on the Gower peninsula.
  • All apprentices are employed as soon as they start their apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices do not pay any tuition fees and training is funded by the government and their employers.
  • HWGTA work with all size of business, from the very small up to large multi-national firms such as Cadbury (Mondelez), Heineken, Cargill Meats Europe, Yamazaki Mazak and Special Metals Wiggin.
  • HWGTA is very proud to have been working in partnership with local business for 50 years and take immense pride in making sure the best interests of our learners and employers are at the heart of everything we do.