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  • ‘Committed to Growth’, Says Academy Boss On Anniversary

    Leading regional apprenticeship provider W Academy & Education has committed to increasing both the number of learners it trains and courses it offers – having trained in excess of 750 young people in roles across four core sectors since it was launched under its parent company in January 2010.

    The firm’s commitment to growth and expansion comes as it celebrates its fourth birthday, having launched in Sheffield with just a handful of apprentices looking to earn qualifications in hairdressing.

    Part of private equity firm W Investment Group, the academy was born from the ambitions of entrepreneur Marc Wildes – former Managing Director of South Yorkshire’s LOAF, and W Salon & Day Retreat – who wanted to implement a quality, in-house training programme for the 20 on-site...

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    W Academy & Education recognised at Business Awards

    We are delighted to announce that W Academy and Education’s Managing Director, Marc Wildes, has won the coveted Business Person of the Year award at this year’s Sheffield Business Awards.

    The awards, which took place at Ponds Forge SIV last night, recognised the success of individuals and businesses who have played a vital role in the continued economic success of Sheffield over the past year.

    Recognising his dedication to helping young people into work at W Academy & Education, which continues to provide a comprehensive range of qualifications and apprenticeships, promoting real life learning in state-of-the-art surroundings to hundreds of learners, Marc collected his award from presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Gethin Jones.

    Marc said: “We are proud to have received...

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    Pride in a Placement – A Business Leader’s Passion

    Marc Wildes – Managing Director, W Academy & Education

    Business Person of the Year Finalist – Sheffield Business Awards

    It has probably never been more difficult for school leavers to decide what their next step is. University tuition fees have trebled in the past couple of years and the employment landscape for young people has been a difficult and incredibly saturated marketplace.

    It’s one of the many reasons that I was so enthusiastic about setting up W Academy & Education in 2012, and one of the many reasons why I place such importance in developing a business that offers young people across Yorkshire and Derbyshire another option for progressing their careers.

    Since then, I’m very proud to say that the company has developed into one of the UK’s leading providers of...

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    W Academy secures European Social Fund Funding

    At W Academy & Education we are committed to improving the employability of every individual we work with whether it be via apprenticeships, traineeships or developmental courses. Our aim is to ‘inspire greatness’ and we are always looking to evolve and develop our services to benefit individuals and businesses.

    We have recently secured funding from the European Social Fund, a project which aims to help businesses develop a skilled and adaptable workforce. The funding we have secured from the ESF will enable us to help businesses ‘upskill’ employees aged 19 and above in the South Yorkshire and Derbyshire area.

    ‘Upskilling’ looks at providing training to current workers who lack qualifications in order to help them develop and ultimately secure relevant qualifications that...

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    It’s Never Too Late To Do What’s Right For You

    There are three words that most young people fear: ‘Back to School’

    Every year, as those in education enjoy their well-earned break, there is quickly a shadow cast over them by supermarkets, stationery stores and sports shops as they gleefully display their ‘Back To School’ offers signage and remind young people that their holiday must come to an end in September as the new term begins.

    The notion of education beginning in September is a deep seated one and as schools, colleges and universities reopen their doors and students struggle to remember how handwriting works, it would be easy for those who have not committed to their next step to feel that they have missed the boat for this year and will need to wait twelve months before they can progress.

    Thankfully it simply...

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