Member Organisation

3aaa recruit and train young people who join some of the most innovative technology companies in the country as well as companies who know that exploiting technology will help their businesses grow. As specialists in the delivery of Apprenticeships in IT, Digital Marketing, Financial Services and Accounting, we understand the challenges that small and medium sized companies face in sourcing, recruiting, training and retaining young people who will have an immediate impact on their businesses and will form their pipeline of future talent. 
The Southampton 3aaa Academy is situated in central Southampton and offers Apprenticeships in IT and Digital Marketing.   Our apprentices are passionate about technology and will receive excellent technical training and bring new skills and innovation into the businesses they work in.
3aaa have recently become the only independent training provider to achieve Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding in all areas on a first inspection.  


Babcock is a national provider of vocational training across the UK.  With an office based in Portsmouth we provide training throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, delivering apprenticeships and commercial short courses across a range of sectors including hospitality, engineering, retail, active leisure, automotive, adult and early years care.

Babcock delivers work-based training programmes within small and large organisations (including Volkswagen Group, Network Rail, EDF Energy, Shoe Zone, Marriott and Mitchells & Butlers).  Babcock holds a number of prestigious quality standards including Investors in People Gold, Ofsted Good rating (with Outstanding for our engineering division), ISO 9001:2008, Matrix, Training Quality Standard, LSIS Beacon Award, Investors in Diversity and was winner of the Post 16 Provider of the Year Award at the Education Investor Awards 2012

Basingstoke College of Technology. An Apprenticeship with BCOT will help you ‘Earn while you learn’ Established in 1996, the Apprenticeship department at BCOT are a specialist department within the college who arrange and manage government-funded work based training programmes (Apprenticeships) for young people.  Established in 1996, the Apprenticeship department at BCOT are a specialist department within the college who arrange and manage government-funded work based training programmes (Apprenticeships) for young people.  BCOT Apprenticeship's can assist 16-24 year olds gain nationally recognised qualifications such as NVQ2, NVQ3, Key Skills and Technical Certificates whilst they are in appropriate employment.

Basingstoke College

Basingstoke ITEC was established in 1985 and is a division of the Basingstoke Youth Action Trust Ltd.  Basingstoke ITEC offers Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships in the following areas, Information Technology, Business Administration and Customer Service to unemployed and employed learners.

Brockenhurst College
Brockenhurst is a Beacon College, one of the most successful in the UK and judged to be 'outstanding' by Ofsted, with excellent results and first class facilities. Situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, we offer over 50 AS/A2s, the International Baccalaureate, 45 vocational courses and apprenticeship training for around 2,800 16-18 year old students from a wide catchment area.


CLC is an experienced, high quality training provider, specialising in the delivery of Traineeships and Apprenticeships throughout the South of England. We are funded by the Skills Funding Agency, graded as Good by Ofsted and work in partnership with Employers, Schools, Academies, Colleges, Local Authorities and Job Centre Plus. CLC work with a large number of high quality sector based employers for the provision of Traineeship and Apprenticeship vacancies and work placements.

CLC provide employers with Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes to new and existing employees and young people.


We are a network of careers advisers and supporters across the south and southwest, that propel young people and adults towards a better future. Over our 20 years, we have helped thousands of people uncover opportunities and achieve.  We move people forward; raising their aspirations and improving their life chances. We will support, providing information, advice and guidance around learning and work and giving people the helping hand to a brighter future. Our quality assured, responsive services are flexible but constant with all us sharing a passion to help others.

Catch22 is a national charity (a merger between Rainer and crime Concern) with a 200 year history of working with under-supported young people. Catch22 champions & supports young people who deserve more out of life. Our Learning & Employability service supports young people (14-25 years) who are not engaged in education, training or work. We focus on getting these young people onto that first rung of the ladder, learning social skills as well as the basic skills needed to lead them back into education or support their employability.


City College is in the top 5% of colleges in the country for success rates and provides exceptional vocational and academic training for young people and adults. We specialise in all aspects of apprenticeships and work closely with employers to ensure the training provided meets both the learner and business needs. As well as offering a wide range of vocational courses and apprenticeships, City College also provides training for businesses, adult learning, advanced qualifications and a 'City Horizons' foundation learning programme to help young people get back into education, training or work.

Eastleigh College, located minutes away from Eastleigh Town Centre and easily accessible by both train and bus services, offers a broad range of courses, on a full or part time study basis.  We are proud to be in the top 10% of general further education colleges nationally and are recognised widely for our high standards of teaching and student achievement. The College is currently completing a £13 million redevelopment project, creating new state of the art workshops, classrooms and studios.


Enham Trust is a registered charity supporting people in their transition towards living lives of choice, control and independence.

Skills2Achieve is an initiative of Enham Trust, aimed at 16- 18 year olds Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs) as an alternative to College.  The programme offers learners the opportunity to develop their employability skills and Functional skills in English and Maths. Skills2Achieve is available in Southampton, Farnborough, Andover and Basingstoke.

Fareham College offers Intermediate, Advanced & Higher Apprenticeships in a range of subject areas. We work closely with our employers and Apprentices to offer a first class training package from the very first contact. We pride ourselves on our range of expertise across all subjects and our innovative and responsive delivery methods set us apart from the competition.

Fareport - for all your work-based learning and training needs  Fareport was established over 30 years ago and is one of a few Ofsted ‘Grade 1 Outstanding’ training providers in Hampshire.  We deliver Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning and Customised Training across Hampshire and the South Coast to employed people over the age of 16.

We provide training & qualifications for 16 - 18 year-olds in the Solent area who are looking for Traineeships, Employment and Apprenticeships. We are currently working with approximately 400 employers and we are renowned for our innovative deliverance style, professionalism and personalisation of programmes.

We are very proud of the expertise of our staff across all programmes which include: Business Administration, Childcare, Health & Social Care, Retail, Retail Management, Customer Service, Leadership & Management, Management, Supporting Teaching & Learning, Warehousing & Storage, Hairdressing and ITQ.

Farnborough College of Technology offers exceptional teaching and learning facilities and in November 2011 the College was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted across all of its work.  The College has an extensive offer of Apprenticeships and work-based provision working with companies of all sizes.  The combination of excellent success rates and the quality of training and support confirms why the college is in the top five in the UK. The college is the largest provider of Apprenticeships in the North Hants area



At FNTC we aim to identify customer needs and deliver training and consultancy services to maximise employee performance. We specialise in employee led development programmes using the National Vocational Qualifications Framework. With the quality assurance seal associated with IIP status, FNTC strives for excellence through a structured, personalised development programme.

We are a local sixth form college offering a range of work based learning courses to those aged 19 years and over, as well as programmes of learning aimed at getting unemployed people back into work. We offer a range of Apprenticeship programmes at intermediate, advanced and higher levels. We aim to deliver high quality training solutions to both employers, employees and those seeking a change of direction.

Highbury College

Highbury College has provided teaching and learning for over 40 years supporting students from all abilities and backgrounds, enabling students to learn at all levels from basic skills to higher education providing routes to university. Highbury is one of the most dynamic Colleges in the south east and is progressing with extensive redevelopment plans that will provide some of the most modern learning facilities in Europe.


HIT Training are a national provider who are locally based, delivering work based learning solutions to the Hospitality, Catering and Adult Care industries.  We are able to access government funding to assist in the delivery of a range of suitable qualifications.  Our service is to provide information, advice, guidance and qualifications for both employers and potential learners to ensure we fully embrace your training needs.



HTP is a private training company delivering, predominately work based qualifications for many of the service industries across the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, West Sussex and Berkshire.


Isle of Wight College

The Isle of Wight College has outstanding employer engagement (Ofsted 2007), and provides apprenticeships, Train to Gain, specialist and bespoke courses to meet industry requirements. Mission statement: ‘Working for Employers’

JTL is a National Training Provider specializing in the recruitment and training of young people looking for an apprenticeship and  career in either electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilating, refrigeration or engineering maintenance.  We currently work with over 3000 businesses supporting in excess of 6000 apprentices helping them achieve their goals in becoming fully qualified skilled operatives.

We are the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services. We’ve helped millions of people gain the skills they need for work. We provide qualifications in everyday skills like maths, English and IT, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships in lots of industries and short online courses in subjects from software packages to languages. 

Learning Curve Group specialises in education and training that supports the needs of 3 client groups: FE providers, employers and learners. Our combination of expertise and experience has created a sought after model of success and a reputation for pioneering market leading learning. For over a decade we have either directly delivered or provided services which support apprenticeships, diploma’s, literacy and numeracy qualifications, vocational certificate programmes and short courses which meet the needs of employers and individuals alike. We are directly funded by the Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency, and are also the largest sub-contractor partner to FE Colleges of our type, meaning we help deliver over £20m of skills funding per year. Coupled with our extensive portfolio of services that support FE providers to reach their targets allows us to help over 100,000 learners a year achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Our range of services and products include:
•         Full delivery service
•         Learning materials
•         Capacity building
•         Learning technologies.


Since its formation in 1999, The Military Preparation College has been the chosen military mentor to young people aged 16-18, mainly through its Army College division. Every one of our military colleges runs military training courses which improve your military fitness, military knowledge and military skills. 

The Army College and military courses are ideal preparation for a military or Public Services career. The military college runs an Army training course, Royal Navy training course, Royal Marines training course and RAF training course. 

As well as improving military fitness and developing Armed Forces training, our courses for young people at the military and Army College improve team-building and military knowledge through the BTEC Level 1 Public Services award. This means you have a head start to a military career. The College is proud to be the chosen military mentor to help provide jobs for young people through its unique training courses which have a proven progression rate.

Passionate, dynamic, and committed to changing lives through learning – NCFE is an Awarding Organisation with a heart. A registered educational charity, with a legacy in learning that goes back over 150 years, NCFE is proud of its unique approach. We’re a safe pair of hands but we’re also always looking to the future. NCFE’s core purpose is simple – we’re here to create opportunities for people to fulfil their potential in both work and life.



PETA is a registered charity with over 300 member companies, operating at the leading edge of training and development for more than 40 years.  Our experience and quality of training in both young people embarking on their careers and those already employed has enabled us to gain a reputation as one of the largest and most respected training organisations on the south coast.

PETA has developed career pathways in Engineering (Fabrication & Welding, Mechanical Machining and CNC, Maintenance Engineering), Business (Business Administration, Customer Service), ICT (ICT User, ICT Professional), Management and Team Leading and Warehouse and Storage.  These pathways offer fantastic opportunities for young people to succeed and employers to develop the skills they need to compete in a global economy.

Portsmouth City Council - Education 

Our post-16 commissioning team works closely with secondary schools and post-16 providers in the Portsmouth travel to learn area to ensure that all young people have an appropriate offer of education and training post-16 and the curriculum offer meets local demand and need.

SCL is Sports based small/medium privately owned limited company that was established in 1999 with the primary focus to forge long-term partnerships with educational establishments and agencies to provide a reliable and high class service within the surrounding communities.

SCL delivers 14-19 educational and work-based learning programmes across London and the South East, in partnership with a variety of Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Schools, training providers and employers, delivering a curriculum that encompasses both study programmes and apprenticeships in the areas of Sport, Coaching, Activity Leadership and Exercise & Fitness.

Our Sporting Excellence Study Programme, is a full-time education and Sporting development programme aimed at Learners aged 16-19 years. The programme combines sports-based vocational education at Foundation, Level 2 and 3 with a sports centred work experience and enrichment programme. Our education and training model attracts learners from a wide range of backgrounds and provides hard to reach learners with the possibility to access educational opportunities they would otherwise not be able to gain.

SCL is one of the UK’s leading employers of Sports Coaches and as a result we are in the prime position of being able to tailor our learning programmes to meet the need of the sector in relation to qualifications and experience. This very reason allows us to have a proven track record of progressing learners into Higher Education and real employment.


SETA, the Southampton Engineering Training Association, has been training engineers for over 40 years.  We specialise in engineering Apprenticeships and adult skills training and we offer a range of standard and bespoke courses and qualifications.  We cover a wide range of engineering skill areas, from instrumentation through to mechanical maintenance or steel erecting, and we have recently added Project Control and Design Apprenticeships to our repertoire.  Our Advanced Apprenticeship programmes are approved by three professional engineering institutions – The IET, The IMechE and The InstMC – and we achieved a grading of ‘Good’ at our last OfSTED inspection.  We are always to help with enquiries.

At South Downs College we deliver high quality, professional training, using assessors & trainers who have many years experience in industry. From your initial interest in an Apprenticeship our experienced team will support you in finding the right employment opportunity for you and design an individualised programme to meet your needs and ensure you progress within your chosen career.  South Downs College work with a wide range of employers and recruit for Apprenticeship opportunities all year round (although some programmes including Accounting and Engineering will be around September course start dates).  The College delivers programmes from level 2 through to Higher Apprenticeships in various sectors. 


Southampton City Council supports Apprenticeships both as an employer and with brokerage service to local Southampton businesses.

We have an action plan which details how we are enabling the people of the city to progress in fulfilling careers, and the city’s businesses to recruit successfully and grow and prosper.

Our key targets and objectives include:

  • Improving information, advice and guidance for young people so they can make informed career choices and be inspired by the apprenticeship opportunities in the city
  • Work with schools and colleges to raise awareness, the recruitment of local Apprentice Ambassadors to promote apprenticeships, and the production of an ambassadors film.
  • Introduction of an ‘Apprenticeship First’ scheme for jobs within the Council
  • Implementation of a local helpline and support for Southampton businesses to help them to take on apprentices

In addition, we have been developing information on current and future skills and employment demands for the city so that apprenticeship providers can ensure they are training young people in the skills needed for the city’s economy.  

Southampton Solent University is a dynamic and ambitious university, with a reputation for industry focused courses and developing grounded, work-ready graduates.

Our higher and degree apprenticeships build on this and offer a unique combined workplace and university experience. Each programme is designed in partnership with employers to support development. Our apprentices will learn from their employer’s expertise, developing the skills, knowledge and working habits of a practicing professional while studying for a nationally recognised and industry accredited academic qualification.

We currently offer a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) and have programmes in built environment, and health and social care in development for 2017 entry.

To find out - Tel: 023 8201 3039 - Email:

Sparsholt ColegeAndover College

Sparsholt College Hampshire merged with Andover College in August 2007 to provide high quality further education alongside the UK’s leading land-based vocational training. The result is one of the largest colleges in Hampshire serving the needs of individuals and businesses both locally and across the country.  Our professional team offers the highest standard of expertise and customer service and embodies our commitment to excellence in all aspects of education and training. We have dedicated account managers and advisers with industry experience to provide guidance on your training needs, and keep you informed about staff progress, taking away the pressure of administration and paperwork.

We provide training across a vast number of sectors and subject areas: from Apprenticeships to Short Courses through to bite-sized Training Workshops. We have pride and passion in everything we do and strive to deliver the standard of training expected by our prestigious parent company Southampton Football Club to all of our clients.

Steve Willis Training Centres are the specialists in gas, plumbing and electrical training with over 15 years’ experience at our well-equipped training centre in Portchester. As well as full apprenticeships, our high quality training programmes include short courses for trade professionals and retraining for armed forces leavers. We promise small classes and experienced trainers and assessors, and we are approved by all the relevant industry bodies.

We will make sure you get the training that is right for you – take a look at our website and contact our Training Advisors for more information and advice.


The University of Portsmouth has a strong reputation for teaching excellence and for staff and student satisfaction, alongside internationally excellent research strengths. Situated at the heart of a historic waterfront city, the University contributes significantly to economic regeneration in the city and the region, raising aspirations and encouraging future generations to benefit from higher education. It is ranked in the top 500 universities in the world in the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings published in 2015 and is one of the top ten modern universities in the UK, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

The University of Portsmouth will be offering Degree Apprenticeships in the following subjects:  Chartered Manager from Sept 16 and Embedded Electronics Systems Design and Development Engineer, Digital and Technology Solutions Professional and Chartered Surveyor from Sept 17.  The University will expand this provision over the coming years to ensure employers have a wide spectrum of degree apprenticeships to fit their skills shortage needs

Vector Aerospace International is an industry-leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operators around the globe, offering responsive, high quality and value-for-money support for engines, airframes and components.

We offer apprenticeship’s at Vector Aerospace which will give you everything you need to build a successful career in the aerospace industry. This is the opportunity to earn while you learn before moving in to the business itself as a trained professional. You will be trained to support the following:

Fleetlands Gosport: Chinook and Sikorsky and our engines Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce and Honeywell, Almondbank: Chinook, Tornado, C130 and P3

We employ approximately 2,700 people in 21 locations across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Kenya, Australia and Malaysia. All playing a key part in delivering excellent service and safety to our clients.