About Us

South West Association of Training Providers Ltd (Swatpro) was formed in 2011 as a partnership of employers and training providers to provide an effective, not-for-profit, efficient and cost-effective training provider partnership supporting employers and learners predominantly, but not exclusively within the South West.

The partnership is managed by a board chaired by Swatpro’s chief executive officer. The board includes managers from Swatpro’s 15 partners. A non-executive director offers the board advice and direction about possible future developments in training.

The company has a unique pedigree as it is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with its membership being established providers approved on the Education and Skills Funding Agency Register of Training Organisations and Register of Apprenticeship Training Organisations with a history of delivering high quality learning and skills

Offering apprenticeships to levy and non-levy paying employers across the following sectors:

  • Accountancy
  • Animal Care & Welfare
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Health (hospitals)
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Digital (Cyber Security & Network Infrastructure)
  • Digital Marketing
  • Early Years Education
  • Engineering
  • Forklift Engineering
  • Health & Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Information Technology
  • Leadership & Management
  • Outdoors, Leisure and Events
  • Retail

Leading on expertise in the delivery of apprenticeship standards for both levy and non-levy businesses, delivering cost-effective, high-quality, flexible skills solutions that meet the needs of the modern workplace and deliver high return on investment.

Providing learning for individuals which may be funded, supported via an Advanced Learner Loan or through a commercial purchase.

Supporting learners with information, advice and guidance to find an apprenticeship opportunity that will match their ambitions and provide the skills training and support the way they like to learn and work or to find other opportunities if an apprenticeship isn’t the suitable option

Success is achieved by working in partnership with our employers and our professional dedicated team. Our team has a strong and successful background in the various sectors and has the required skills in performance management, contract management, project management and quality improvement to ensure continuous improvement is achieved. This means we embed what works well and is consistent and we have an openness to ensure that our partnerships continue to keep up to date with new ways of working.

Quality of Service and Provision

Ofsted Rating GOOD

  • Overall effectiveness Good
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding
  • Outcomes for learners Outstanding
  • Apprenticeships Good

Customer Satisfaction Rates 2018 – 19





Apprenticeship Achievement Rates 2018 – 19

National Target


Swatpro Overall Achievement


Additional information

You can read our Payments and fees for subcontractors 2019/20 here.

You can read our Supply chain fees and charges policy 2020/21 here.

You can read our Strategic Rationale for Subcontracting here.

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