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"...9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver - including 89% reporting that it has helped their business improve the quality of their product of service".

Skills Funding Agency March 2016 - Key Facts About Apprenticeships

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ACO is a quality training provider, with over 30 years experience, delivering apprenticeships in Accounting, Business and Administration, Customer Service and IT User routes. ACO can help you with recruitment and selection of an apprentice to improve your business.

ACO deals with employers based in South Wales, predominantly Swansea and the surrounding area. Some have dealt with ACO for over 32 years and come from a wide range of businesses e.g. solicitors’ practices, large car dealerships, charities, theatrical agencies and more. Apprenticeships are funded by the Welsh Government and ACO charge a small contribution for first apprenticeships to supplement this funding. Our experienced team can advise you on the benefits and costs of employing an apprentice.

There is also currently an employer incentive scheme of up to £3,500, where you may be eligible for financial assistance for an apprentice.

"Our apprentice has been a real find for this business and is a great example of how the apprentice programme can help employers find the right staff." Sinclair Group

Apprentice recruitment:

ACO have many potential candidates waiting for apprenticeship opportunities. ACO also market your apprenticeship placement (at your discretion) via advertisements on various websites and social media platforms. Potential candidates attend a thorough interview and screening process at ACO, where they are interviewed individually by staff, given apptitude tests and go through a screening process. Our team then match potential candidates with employer vacancies, ready for employer selection.

"We are a fast growing Swansea wholesaler. Over the last 10 years we have developed a great relationship with ACO Training, employing apprentices in Accounts, IT and Business Administration. We currently employ four apprentices who are dedicated and enthusiastic members of the team, with a view to them gaining a permanent contract. ACO is a professional dedicated company that has assisted us in our employee needs to date." Something Different Wholesale.

Employer suitability:

Our team will speak to you about your apprenticeship needs and will visit your business to confirm your suitability for employing an apprentice. We will help you decide on a suitable apprenticeship programme for the job role(s) that you have available.

Tailoring apprentice training:

We will tailor the qualifications to your requirements wherever possible so that your apprentices are gaining qualifications in skills required in your business. We are flexible and can try to accommodate your needs for apprentice attendance and training.

"The experience we have within the company with ACO and its apprentices over the years, within the accounts office, has helped to improve our department's efficiency." CEM Day Limited

Quality Standards and Recognised qualifications:

ACO were inspected by ESTYN (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales), as part of the Skills Academy Wales consortium, in May 2014.  Good grades were achieved - “Good” is defined as “Many strengths and no important areas requiring significant improvement”.  A “walkthrough” inspection was conducted for SAW in June 2017, where excellent feedback was received.  ACO holds the Basic Skills Quality Mark and improves the skills levels of its learners as part of the apprenticeship programme.e are an approved centre for many awarding bodies and organisations and offer nationally recognised qualifications. We work with OCR, AAT, Pearson, The Council for Administration, The Financial Services Partnership, The Tech Partnership, Welsh Government etc.

Private training:

We offer private training, for example, IT skills such as Spreadsheets, Word Processing, Sage and Bookkeeping and Accounting skills etc.


The Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes, led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund.

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