We set up as the Woodspeen group in 2007 with the clear aim of creating a UK vocational training business to address the skills challenge within the UK. We provide a wide range of apprenticeships that support young people into work with great success over with over 500 apprentices trained each year.
We have grown organically and through a number of successful, long established businesses, all of which share in the group’s ethos. We have an increasing number of permanent training centres across the United Kingdom. Our centres include Huddersfield, Bradford and Wakefield.
Our range of Apprenticeships is extensive and includes Health & Social Care, Business and Administration, Customer Service, Team Leading, IT, Childcare, Hairdressing & Barbering, Digital Marketing, Pharmacy Services Assistant. We have delivered most of these programmes over many years giving us depth and breadth of expertise.
We also have expertise in classroom based accredited training in Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in Employability Skills, Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills, and Skills for Life qualifications.
One to One support
Designated Safeguarding Officers
Learner Engagement officers
Designated assessors where you are able to contact on a regular basis for support
Specialised functional skills tutors to support with Maths, English and ICT
Support with applications for apprenticeships and any additional support required
What makes us different?
A personal, passionate and professional approach is our ethos at Woodspeen. We will clearly set out our responsibilities to you and we will deliver to these. We will respect your requirements and agree with you and your responsibilities towards achieving a successful outcome. We recognise that we succeed only when you succeed.
We have long serving staff who continue to support learners and go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure success and aim to establish long term viable careers for your chosen vocation.
We are proud to say that Woodspeen have a long and established track record of delivering successful outcomes, and we look forward to supporting you as your preferred training partner.
As you will be in an employed status all apprentices are expected to pay for their transport to the employer and to our centre for training. However as an apprentice you will be eligible for a half price bus pass and in such circumstances where you cannot afford to pay for travel expenses we can reimburse you.
Damian works for Woodspeen Training as a Learner Engagement Officer dealing with learners on a daily basis and trying to get them into employment; whether this is through a traineeship or an apprenticeship. Damian has been with Woodspeen since August 2017 and has since taken on many responsibilities such as running the company’s social media pages as well as hosting open days for upcoming aspiring apprentices.
When first arriving at Woodspeen, Damian had very little knowledge around the background of apprenticeships and how they operated but learnt it very quickly and apprenticeship ‘starts’ were produced. Damian also had to balance out completing work for his Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship as well as his Level 2 Functional Skills IT. Damian passed his IT very quickly which gave him more time to focus on his coursework when he was able to finish his apprenticeship early.
Throughout his journey on his Level 3 Apprenticeship, Damian became an important part of the company as his role started to involve attending careers fairs, running the learner of the month programme and also being the face for the company when getting involved with learners. This has helped him to improve on his confidence as well as his ability to manage his time.
Ben Strutt is an assistant buyer at Conservatory Outlet in Wakefield. Ben has been with the company since February 2018 and ever since then has thrived with the company achieving targets and moving his way up the ladder. Ben’s job roles include: pricing, merchandising, setting up products and adding attributes.
Before Conservatory Outlet, Ben was studying biology, physics and maths at college and was working on a temporary contract at Argos. His reason for wanting to pursue a Business Administration Apprenticeship is that he thought it was a good way to improve his people and administration skills. Ben went for an interview with Conservatory Outlet and felt he could settle in really well with the employer.
Whilst on his apprenticeship, Ben has grown in confidence with his telephone skills and his Microsoft Office computer skills. Ben has also gained regular training from our tutor in the workplace to help him develop.
During his apprenticeship, Ben had won Employee of the Month twice and progressed to be a supervisor for a new apprentice that Woodspeen has placed within the business. Ben has also finished his Level 2 and progressed onto a much higher apprenticeship. Ben is studying Level 4 Business Administration due to the duties he is undertaking with Lewis who is the new apprentice. There is also the opportunity for Ben to move to the accounts team after his new apprenticeship which is a much more challenging role.
Lily Meakin is an Level 3 IT Application Specialist Apprentice at Eastman Staples. Lily started there in 2017 on a Business Admin L2 qualification but has since progressed onto her new apprenticeship programme. Lily’s roles include: data entry, customer service, order processing and paperwork management.
Before her first apprenticeship, Lily was at The University of Huddersfield. In her first year, she was studying Biomedical Science but didn’t enjoy her first year. She then changed in her second year to study Business Studies. At this point, she realised that University wasn’t the place for her and decided that she wanted to go down the apprenticeship route so that she could get into work faster. Lily met us down at the C & K John Smith’s Stadium Careers Fair in 2017 and this is where we managed to get her into a sales admin role at Eastman Staples.
Lily did the Sales Administration role whilst doing her Level 2 Business Administration. She found her first year really interesting and enjoyable as she knew some people who already worked there so they helped her to settle in well. She has since progressed onto new and exciting roles at Eastman. Lily has started to help the marketing department with their advertising platforms. She helps design and update the website, update Amazon with their products as well as designing their catalogue and leaflets. Lily is getting support with this by using the Level 3 IT Application Specialist.
Lily believes she has gained a lot of helpful skills for her job role. Advanced techniques of the Microsoft packages has been one of the main trades she has learnt throughout her two apprenticeships that she feels has developed her in her job role.
Lily’s future aspirations is to carry on improving at Eastman Staples and hopefully work her way up the business ladder and eventually reach the top of the company!