The College of West Anglia is one of the largest and most experienced providers of apprenticeships in the Eastern region.

The College of West Anglia supports students aged 16+ through apprenticeships in a wide variety of industry areas including engineering, administration and veterinary nursing.

We currently work with approximately 900 employers, providing training to more than 1,100 apprentices a year.

The employer benefits of hiring apprentices are numerous. Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. It is also cost effective because your employee can learn while they are working, and the government contributes to the costs of learning. Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 78% whilst 74% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include increasing employee satisfaction, upskilling current employees, reducing staff turnover and reducing recruitment costs.

CWA principal, David Pomfret, said “Apprenticeships play a vital role in strengthening the economy and are both beneficial to businesses and individuals alike; learning pays, literally.”


Roxanne Freestone

Roxanne works for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a Level 3 team leader apprentice. She won the BT Award for the Advanced Apprentice of the Year regional winner at the National Apprenticeship Awards (NAA) in 2021.

Roxanne said: ‘have worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for the past 7 years as a dental nurse in the Oral Surgery department. Two years ago, I took on the role of senior dental nurse. To gain skills and knowledge in leading people, I looked to complete a level 3 Team leader and supervisor apprenticeship. The apprenticeship team at the QEH were really helpful and made the application process quick and easy. Once I was enrolled I worked with the College of West Anglia who supported me throughout the 18-month apprenticeship. The support I received from the commercial trainer at the college was exceptional.”


Niall Elleray

Niall completed the Level 3 City and Guilds Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance at CWA under employment at Princes Foods.

Niall said about his apprenticeship at CWA; “Studying an apprenticeship is particularly rewarding, not just because you earn while you learn but also because you gain real world experience in a junior position and most apprenticeships take as long as the equivalent college course. I liked that I could gain a recognised qualification and get my career started at the same time. The tutors at CWA are great. They all have real world experience so you’re always on the same page when discussing what you’ve been up to at work. If you are thinking of studying an apprenticeship, I would say do it!”





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