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All About SWAC

At the South West Apprenticeship Company, we help businesses to expand their talent pool and grow their business by providing unique apprentice employment solutions. We realise that not every company is the same, so our solutions are tailored to suit individual needs.

We are specialists in apprentice recruitment and employment, we manage every aspect of the apprenticeship; the apprentices are employed by SWAC and placed with ‘Host Organisations’ for the duration of the Apprenticeship because we understand the market we can provide a tailored solution for your apprenticeship and training needs.

99% of our apprentices gain permanent employment after completing their apprenticeship or progress onto higher qualifications

Meet The Team

Clare Vertigen


Clare is very hands on and is involved in every aspect of SWAC from director meetings and visiting companies through to telephone interviewing the candidates and making cups of tea! She is very approachable and doesn’t have the usual ‘Director’ persona – she’s one of the team!  She is also a Director of Western Training Provider Network (WTPN) and supports lots of the region’s Education and Skills groups like the Forest of Dean Economic Partnership, GFirst’s Careers Hub and the WTPN Apprenticeship Hub


Shelley Mills

Operations Manager

Shelley is our Operations Manager, she keeps SWAC running smoothly. She deals with all SWAC staff and apprentice HR, finance and general administration. She creates forms, spreadsheets, databases, rules and regulations, protocols, files, systems, meetings and everything else in between!! When not keeping the team in check Shelley is at home being a crazy cat lady! 


Sally Conlon

Business Development Manager

Sally is our Business Development Manager. She worked for SWAC a long time ago, then left and then came back! (She loves us). Her role here at SWAC is to work with employers and support them with the setting up of an apprenticeship programme. She spends time with the business to discuss what it is they need from apprenticeships both for existing staff and potential new vacancies for apprentices. When she’s not talking all things apprenticeships, she is out walking her dog! 




Alice Loveday

Apprenticeship Manager

Alice started with SWAC as a recruitment apprentice and is now a part of the furniture bossing the rest us around! She deals with the initial recruitment; both telephone and face to face interviews and then puts the successful candidates through to the companies to be interviewed. Alice will also be the point of contact for all of our employed apprentices throughout the time that they are with us, she will be there to complete their induction as an apprentice and then answer every single question for the whole of the apprenticeship, Alice will be there on the end of the phone to help and support when ever it is needed. Alice is really proactive and organised, she’s also hilarious and she keeps the office spirit high!


Testimonials & Feedback

“SWAC understood our business needs and guided us through the process as we were new to apprenticeships. They were knowledgeable and offered us advice, guidance and support. Over the years we have expanded the apprenticeship scheme within other areas of the business and we know that if there are ever any problems our SWAC manager is only a phone call away.”

Daniel Busson

Apprentice Manager, Capita Workforce

“SWAC helped me by undertaking most of the initial groundwork – all we had to do was select from CV’s who we would like to interview. The high caliber of CV’s made the final decision very difficult! We wanted to recruit the best and with the help of SWAC we have managed to achieve this. I would recommend SWAC to employers who have identified a need for apprentices as the support and guidance is second to none!”

Andrea Godwin

HR Manager, Sapa Components

“Partnering with SWAC enabled our business to utilise the apprenticeship program. As a small employer it was essential that the correct candidate was placed from the offset, SWAC was particular in finding not only a person to fit our business but we fitted their career aspirations. I have recommended the apprenticeship program to fellow small businesses and always point them in the direction of SWAC.”

Paul Mosely

Managing Director, Cable Intelligence

“We have received excellent support from SWAC, I would encourage anyone to work with SWAC, the communication and support has been impressive and I wouldn’t have any problems with recommending them to others”

Mel Wainwight

HR Manager, Bideford College

“With many of SWAC’s apprentices going on to join our company permanently after their apprenticeship is completed, SWAC have helped us source the lifeblood of our company for years to come. A great, low risk solution.”

Claire Jackson

Director, Oriel Collections

“We find using SWAC beneficial as they take the time to understand the business, the position and who they feel would be the suitable candidates. We’ve had 4 apprentices over the last 4 years all of which become assets to our business.”

Michelle Pascali

Director, The Bituchem Group

SWAC Apprenticeships

SWAC helps find the ideal Apprenticeship for you. We focus on your talents and interests to find the right career path and then help find the Apprenticeship vacancy to match your ambition. We can even help with CV writing and interview advice. Apprenticeship, we offer

SWAC Apprenticeships are secure. If your Host Organisation cannot host you for your entire apprenticeship SWAC will search for an alternative placement to ensure that you can continue.

SWAC Apprenticeships are safe and flexible. If things don’t work out we will work hard to find you another Host Organisation.

We provide you with more opportunity. We can arrange ‘multi location placements’ if your chosen standard requires it, and spread your Apprenticeship over several Host Companies. You would gain wider experience and broader skills by being in more than one workplace. For example, an automotive apprentice could learn ‘body work’ at one company, and ‘mechanics’ at another.

If there are any problems, we are here to fix them! We want you to succeed so we provide excellent mentoring and pastoral support to ensure your Apprenticeship runs smoothly and is successful.

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