WBTC colleagues celebrating their 30th year!

PGL Trip to Hindhead

WBTC learners attended an outward bounds trip which helped in building confidence, leadership skills and communication.

West Berkshire Council Recognition Awards

How a Traineeship can help a young person into an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have never been more popular and are becoming increasingly prestigious, especially as they are now being seen as equivalent to a University degree. Employers have come to expect high calibre candidates with good qualifications in English and Maths and some experience under their belts; for young people who want to embark upon an Apprenticeship, but do not quite meet these criteria, a new Traineeship programme has been introduced.

How could an AGE Grant help you recruit an A Level calibre Apprentice?


Many companies have been benefitting from the AGE 16-24 grants since they were introduced in February 2012, as they are an ideal opportunity to discover for the first time what an Apprentice can do to help your business succeed. If you employ less than 1000 people and have not employed an apprentice within the last 12 months, you could be eligible for up to ten of these grants, worth £1500 each, to invest in your business however you wish. Even better, this offer has now been extended until March 2014.

Official: Apprentices are the Most Employable


Apprenticeships have never been more prestigious with a recent employer survey rating qualified apprentices 15% more employable than those with other qualifications. ICM Research conducted the online interviews with over 500 employers earlier this year  who were asked to rate the employability of people with different qualifications on a scale of 1-10. The average scores below demonstrate the value employers place on Apprenticeships, placing Intermediate Apprenticeships above A-levels and Higher Apprenticeships above University degrees.

A SUMMER OF ADVENTURE - The 2013 Summer Programme at WBTC

After the success of our 2012 Summer Programme which climaxed with 3 days at the 2012 Paralympic Games, West Berkshire Training Consortium is now enrolling for 2013.

The 2013 Summer of Adventure

This is a 10 week programme of activities designed to help 16-18 year olds either

  1. Go into a good quality Apprenticeship
  2. Prepare for further learning

It starts in July 2013 and is aimed at

Newbury MP Richard Benyon visits WBTC to celebrate our fantastic learners and employers

R-L; Richard Benyon MP; Sarah Walton of Calcott Children’s Services; Rahima Ali of Calcott Children’s Services (Apprentice ‘Above and Beyond’ award recipient); Chris Cox; Sydney Sova (Learner of the Quarter); Charlie Berry; Georgia Fisher; Jonny McGregor; Chris Eeles; Alex Brown

Help for young people applying for Apprenticeships