Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association (HWGTA) is an employer led, not for profit training provider offering bespoke apprenticeships and training to local businesses and communities. HWGTA has over 50 years of experience in delivering excellent training across the two counties, consistently rating above the national average for learner success rates, holding “Outstanding” grading from Ofsted and maintaining successful, long-term relationships with local employers.
The Association was formed in 1967 by local Herefordshire employers to combine their efforts in the training of Engineering Apprentices. HWGTA has since developed the training delivery available to include apprenticeships in Accountancy, Business Administration, Customer Service and Management. In 1999 the Association extended the training provision into Worcestershire, forming HWGTA as we know it today, rated as “one of the best providers of bespoke apprenticeships” – Ofsted 2016.
HWGTA is unique in its employer led approach; with local business leaders heading up the voluntary board of directors, the training model adapts and continuously improves to fit the needs of local businesses. HWGTA manage the recruitment of apprentices, matching them with local employers and qualifications relevant to their industry and job role. Training is delivered via blended learning methods and tailored to the needs of the Employer, coupled with a dedicated monitoring officer assigned to each learner to support them on their apprenticeship journey in the workplace. Engineering Apprentices spend their first year in the fully equipped training centres, learning an array of skills which they take into the workplace during the remainder of their apprenticeship.
To compliment the Outstanding apprenticeship delivery, HWGTA is foremost in providing bespoke training for workplace competence and qualifications across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and further afield, working in partnership with individual organisations to identify their training requirements both to develop existing employees and to recruit and train new personnel. Courses in Leadership & Management are extremely well received, with training staff really bringing out the potential in the leaders of tomorrow. Also available are Health, Safety & Wellbeing subjects such as First Aid, IOSH, Mental Health Awareness and Fire Warden training.
a. The Skills4Worcestershire Project is a dedicated support service offered to school pupils aged 15-18 and also those who are 16-24 years old who are inactive and unemployed. It’s a programme designed to inspire and engage these people into education and training within Worcestershire, therefore improving their success.
b. The aims are to:
i. Reduce youth unemployment
ii. Reduce the number of young people classed as NEET
iii. Decrease the number of people who leave Worcestershire following Higher Education
iv. Increase the number of apprenticeships, internships, work experience and employer encounters.
c. HWGTA have a target of working with 308 people until November 2023.