Waterside Training Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2021

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, Waterside Training will take to their digital platforms to showcase the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Taking place from Monday 8th February to Sunday 14th February, Waterside Training will be supporting this year’s theme, ‘Build the Future’, by featuring inspiring stories of successful apprentices and how apprenticeships have helped to kickstart some amazing careers.

The campaign will also highlight the benefits to businesses of employing apprentices and raise awareness of how apprenticeships can be used to fill skills gaps, upskill existing employees and revitalise their workforce ensuring they are future proof.

As a specialist industrial training provider, based in the Liverpool City Region and with over 60 years experience, Waterside Training currently offer apprenticeships in the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors, including Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Process Operations and Science. All of these apprenticeship programmes are supplemented with additional technical training and personal development programmes to ensure the apprentice gains the confidence, skills, knowledge needed to build a successful career and the employer can develop a strong workforce for the future.

Waterside Training has excellent employer links and works closely with a range of high profile, local, national and global employers; including Pilkington, AB World Foods, Essity, Seqirus and A Schulman.

National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the resilience of both apprentices and their employers during the difficult time the pandemic has brought over the past year. It is hoped that this week promotes the value of apprenticeships and the range of apprenticeship opportunities available to both young people, adults and employers.

To find out more about becoming an apprentice, visit our dedicated student information section.

For more information about employing an apprentice, visit our dedicated employer information section.


Vanderlande are proud to be partnered with Waterside Training as our principle training provider in the Northwest to deliver technical training to our teams, especially the Mechanical Maintenance VRQ L2 programme.

The mixture of technical knowledge and practical elements which our delegates have received over the course of the year combined to make a fulfilling experience. The course was engaging with many opportunities to participate and lots of relatable examples that we were able to bring back to site. This was found after a full site tour by the Waterside team to expertly devise the best course to deliver our teams with knowledge of the process and equipment on site.

We have now trained at least half of the Engineering Support Operatives across our four shifts with all the teams and site reaping the rewards in maintenance completion and system performance through the continued support given and putting into practice the skills they learnt. The tutorship given is professional with tailored delivery to the differing knowledge of the attendees on each course, which ultimately shows how diverse the styles of teaching are at Waterside Training.

This has set our Engineering Support Operatives on an Engineering and Technical pathway to offer hands on support for our teams of Service Technicians to deliver planned and reactive maintenance across the largest warehouse in both Vanderlande’s and Asda’s UK portfolio.

We look forward to upskilling our single trade Service Technicians in the near future with expertly tailored courses to have a truly Multi-Skilled Engineering team at our disposal.

Josh McCormack, Service Operations Manager, Vanderlande