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Kathryn Kirby (l) presents the Young Engineer/Scientist award to Tegan McCann (r)
Waterside Training was proud to sponsor the recent Wigan and Leigh Education awards held on June 27th.  Our congratulations go to Tegan McCann who won the Young Engineer/Scientist of the Year prize sponsored by Waterside.  Tegan has gained a scholarship with NASA and will be heading to the University of Arizona this summer.  We wish her the very best of luck, she has an exciting future ahead!

Read more: Waterside sponsors Young Engineer/Scientist award

Major changes are due to take place this year in apprenticeships, with new levy funding arrangements for employers and the introduction of apprenticeship "standards".  Waterside is happy to help with queries, and some frequently asked questions are outlined below.

How will these changes affect employers?

Starting in May 2017, any employer paying an annual wage bill of more than £3m will automatically have to pay a levy which can then be used for training apprentices.  The levy will be charged at 0.5% on the portion of the paybill above £3m.
Employers will have to pay the levy monthly, and will have 24 months to use it before it expires.  They will be able to spend it on programmes via a new Digital Apprenticeship Service, which will hold details of training providers and what programmes are available.  Waterside is currently updating its details ready for when this new service is introduced.
For smaller employers who won't pay the levy, the government will pay 90% of the training costs of an apprenticeship, with the employer contributing 10%.  Businesses with less than 50 employees may get 100% funding if taking on a 16-18 year old apprentice. 
The cost of an apprenticeship will be negotiable with the training provider, and will be capped at a maximum depending on the funding band for the apprenticeship.
For more information regarding the levy, take a look at the government website at:

We are looking for an experienced Electrical Assessor to join our team!  Waterside specialises in Electrical and Mechanical engineering for industry, working with some of the biggest names in food, drink, plastics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals in the North West.  Our team has in-depth expertise of industrial plant and processes, and we set a high standard of training for our growing base of apprentices and workforce learners.

The role is full-time or flexible part-time.  For more information on this great opportunity, click on the link below:

Waterside Electrical Assessor Vacancy (full time or part time)

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your C.V. with covering letter for the attention of Miss Kathryn J. Kirby, H.R. Officer or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Waterside first year engineering and science apprentices

Congratulations to our first year apprentices who recently finished off their initial training by delivering a presentation night. Many of the cohort have completed an intensive multi-skilled engineering programme at Waterside, covering practical mechanical skills (benchfitting, turning, basic welding etc.) and industrial electrical control (including wiring automation circuits, PLC programming and inverter drive setup)  The cohort also includes science apprentices who have been working at their employers already, getting to grips with practical laboratory based work.  All the apprentices have enjoyed time together on personal development training, including a week long residential course near the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire.

Read more: Congratulations to our first year apprentices

Waterside engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships open evening 16th March 4pm

No need to book - just come along 4pm-8.30pm

Waterside is holding another open day event for you to find out more about engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships!

We specialise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and process technicians, and we work with many industrial manufacturers and engineering firms in the North West.  Our employers include major names in food, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Read more: Engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships - Open Evening 16th March

Waterside Text Santa appeal

Coming close to the end of a busy year at Waterside, our HR Officer Kathryn and Technical Sales Manager Steve took up the challenge of raising money for the Text Santa appeal. They did a fabulous job, persuading people to wear very stylish Xmas jumpers (and leading by example themselves!), as well as playing competitions and games such as “Spot the Ronnie Reindeer” with our engineering apprentices.  Much fun and amusement all round, and they raised £130 for Text Santa, supporting worthy causes such as Save The Children. 

Read more: Waterside raises money for Text Santa appeal