National Skills Academy Nuclear Award Winner

Congratulations to Waterside Training apprentice Cailey Miller, who is celebrating such a fantastic achievement after winning ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ and ‘Nuclear Apprentice of the Year’ at the recent UK Nuclear Skills Awards 2024!

The awards are designed to show the excellence that exists within the nuclear sector and highlight the stars of both present and future.
Cailey studied her advanced apprenticeship with Waterside Training together with her employer NUVIA, and now works as a Mechanical Designer leading the way for females in the Engineering and Nuclear industry.

“I am truly honoured to have received such prestigious awards, marking the successful completion of my advanced apprenticeship with NUVIA and Waterside Training.

My time at Waterside Training provided me with invaluable experience and knowledge of engineering fundamentals. I gained confidence in my abilities and developed solid foundations to start my career journey.”

Cailey Miller
Mechanical Designer, NUVIA UK

We are very proud of Cailey’s success and the team at Waterside are very privileged to have supported her along her engineering journey.
Well Done Cailey, we wish you all the very best for a bright future!!

Christmas 2023 Opening Times

Our Christmas Opening Times for Christmas 2023 🎄

During the festive season between Christmas and the New Year period, Waterside offices at the STEM centre will be closed from 4:00 p.m. on Friday 22 December 2023 until Monday 1 January 2024.

Waterside offices will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2024 at 8:00 a.m.

2023 Intake of Apprentices will return to college foundation training on Monday 8 January 2024.

All other apprentices (years 2 to 4) attending day release academic classes only.  Your classes will return to normal week commencing 8 January 2024.  You should attend on your normal day release classes during this week.

If you need any further information then please contact the office on 01744 616837 when we reopen on 2 January 2024.

May we wish all our staff, apprentices, associates and company representatives a very safe, healthy and Happy Christmas.  Wishing you all the very best for the festive season and 2024.

To all our patrons, may we thank you for your continued support and business and we look forward to your continued business throughout 2024.

🎄  Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from us all at Waterside Training Limited  🎄

Waterside Training Apprenticeship Upcoming Events 2023 – 2024

Waterside Training Ltd always work closely with schools and local communities to promote apprenticeships in Engineering and Manufacturing.

We try to attend as many events as we can within the region so that we can discuss all things about apprenticeships and give advice to those that are considering a career in the Engineering or Manufacturing industries as well as advising on our current recruitment opportunities.

Are we at your School;  Please keep a check below to stay up to date of where we will be next and any events that we will be in attendance at local schools throughout the region.  Please see below the current events that we are booked in to attend:

  • Wednesday 17th January 2024 – 5pm -7pm – Waterside Training Open Evening, Stem Centre, Pocket Nook
  • Tuesday 30th January 2024 – 11am – 4pm – Hope Academy Careers Fair, Newton le Willows
  • Wednesday 31st January 2024 – 5pm – 7pm – St Helens College Leavers Event, Stem Centre, Pocket Nook, St Helens
  • Thursday 1st February 2024 – 9am – 3pm – Holly Lodge Girls School Careers Fair, West Derby, Liverpool
  • Monday 5th February 2024 – 11am – 2pm – St Helens Chamber Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair, St Helens Town Hall
  • Thursday 8th February 2024 – 9am – 3pm – Prescot High School Careers Fair, Prescot

If you are keen on registering your interest for an apprenticeship for our next apprenticeship intake then visit our Apprenticeship Vacancies Page to submit your registration for the next recruitment phase.

From apprentice to manager at NGF Europe

Sam’s interest in engineering began at an early age, inspired by his father, who was an Engineering Technician at Pilkington Glass for many years.

Leaving school with strong GCSE grades, Sam was unsure which engineering route to follow from the broad range of roles available but knew he needed to develop the practical skills required to enter the e engineering industry. He was delighted to successfully secure an apprenticeship with Waterside Training as a Process Development Apprentice, sponsored by NGF Europe.

NGF Europe is part of the NSG Group of Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glass products for building, automotive and information electronics applications.

At just 17 years old, Sam was gaining the crucial underpinning knowledge through workshops and classes with Waterside Training at the St Helens STEM Centre Campus, alongside invaluable practical experience onsite with skilled engineers. Sam explained, “I found this was a great balance of academic and vocational training and this is why I feel apprenticeships are one of the most beneficial routes into work.”

He added, “Waterside Training was an excellent provider that didn’t just focus on qualifications but also personal development. I particularly enjoyed the team building activities and made some great friends who I still see 18 years later!”

On completion of his apprenticeship, Sam gained full-time employment with NGF Europe as a Process Development Technician and went on to gain a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Since then, Sam has excelled and is now employed as the Engineering Manager and Process Development Manager of NGF Europe. Speaking about his current role, he said, “I manage a team of 20 people, delivering site maintenance and projects. I never set out to become a manager, but the apprenticeship allowed me to keep my options open for both further education and career progression. I have also had the amazing opportunity to travel with my work to Europe, Japan, Vietnam and Canada.”

Based on his own experiences, Sam highly recommends the apprenticeship route to others, and thinks “it is a great pathway to so many specialist areas of engineering, providing education, experience and opportunity!”

If you would like to follow in Sam’s footsteps and discover an exciting new career with an apprenticeship, find out more here.

AB World Foods develop talent pipeline with apprenticeships

AB World Foods (ABWF), based in Leigh, Greater Manchester, has a skilled workforce, which is vital for success and future growth of the company. However, there is a skills shortage in the catchment area, with 30% of people of school-leaving age having no qualifications.

To expand the talent pipeline in key operational roles at the Leigh site, ABWF established an engineering apprenticeship scheme more than a decade ago, in partnership with Waterside Training. Waterside Training was selected as the training provider of choice as they are local to the factory, are a great fit for the recruitment catchment area and provide high quality expertise and support.

Five years ago, this scheme was broadened to include manufacturing apprenticeships, providing more opportunities for those residing in the local and surrounding areas to have a strong start on their career ladder. The Leigh site was the first to trial the manufacturing apprenticeship scheme within UK Grocery.

The ambition in manufacturing is to recruit up to six new people into these roles each year, which would otherwise be difficult to achieve. Three manufacturing apprentice ‘graduates’ are already in roles in Leigh and a further seven are in the pipeline. These apprentices are trained to multi-skilled technician level, proficient in running all key plant and machinery and capable of learning and adapting to new technologies at pace.

Hans Bolton, General Manager at ABFWF, said, “We are very proud of our factory at Leigh. This is the home of the Pataks brand and is full of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies. The apprentices are crucial to the future of our factory as we build our talent pipeline.”

He added, “Our apprentices have played a key role in helping to keep our Leigh operations running during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would have had to stop the factory operations on a number of occasions, had we not had the apprentices with the skill capabilities able to step into responsible roles. This has proved a huge success and we have had a number of enquiries from other businesses in our group around setting up apprenticeships.”

If you would like to find out more about recruiting an apprentice, visit our employer section here.

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