Taking the financial services skills agenda forward ...

About us

bulletFWD Training & Consultancy Limited is a specialist Apprenticeship Training Provider for the Financial Services sector.


bulletFWD is proud to have been accepted as an associate member of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services. The NSAFS is the new standard for excellence in training and skills education in the financial services industry.



bulletFWD Training & Consultancy Limited put their employers and learners at the heart of everything they do. FWD works in partnership with employers, supporting and driving them forward by identifying the right people, developing the right skills and maximising the identifed business benefits. FWD provides learners with the skills, knowledge, confidence and ambition to take their careers forward and truly embark on a lifelong learning journey.


Our Directors

bulletAlison Bate, Director:

Alison Bate

bulletFollowing on from a successful 25 year career within Financial Services, predominantly within RBS and Abbey, Alison went onto work for a leading Further and Higher Education in both the quality assurance and assessing capacity delivering Providing Financial Services Apprenticeship frameworks.

bulletWith the skills and knowledge gained Alison has since become a Director at FWD Training & Consultancy Ltd, using her knowledge of the sector and the educational basis of Apprenticeships to bring it all together under one roof.

bulletAlison is a dynamic, passionate and driven person and has the ability to motivate individuals of all ages, backgrounds and experience to gain their full potential objectives.

bulletHer philosophy is “getting the right people to do the right things, in the right way at the right time”, her passion for Apprenticeships is clear to see and she is well equipped in her role as Ambassador in the promotion of Apprenticeships within the financial services sector and to  drive the FWD brand forward.

bulletTo Link In with Alison: view Alisons Linked In profile or email



bulletAusten Basleigh, Director:

Austen Basleigh

bulletAfter a successful 15 year career in Financial Services with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Austen joined a Further and Higher Education College in 2007 where he was appointed to create and develop a financial services delivery offer, an area the College had not yet expanded into.

bulletAusten developed the College into an extremely successful provider, which is now one of the largest providers of financial services apprenticeships and training solutions in the UK, working with global organisations to SMEs. 

bulletAusten has a strong recruitment background which compliments his education and financial services experience well.  Austen has excellence at the heart of everything he does and takes pride in exceeding targets with a high quality service.

bulletAusten is delighted to now be a Director at FWD Training & Consultancy, where he will transfer his skills to continue to deliver an exceptional standard of financial services training.

bulletTo Link In with Austen: view Alisons Linked In profile or email



bulletMarcus Bowsher, Director:

Austen Basleigh

bulletMarcus has been working with employer groups, Professional bodies and the department for Business Innovation & Skills, developing new apprenticeships since the start of the Trailblazer initiative in 2013. So far he has successfully facilitated the development of Insurance Practitioner, Insurance Professional, Mortgage Adviser, Financial Services Administrator, Paraplanner and Assistant Accountant Trailblazers through to formal approval.

bulletMarcus is also working with the CII, helping them develop & take their new apprenticeship proposition to market, including providing apprenticeship levy workshops to help employers understand its application & how to optimise value from their contributions. He is a regular presenter at Trailblazer apprenticeship events & is taking a lead role with the Insurance sector employer group in the ongoing governance, development and promotion of apprenticeships for the sector, including the development of degree & masters level apprenticeships.

bulletPreviously, Marcus has held a number of senior roles in the Financial Services sector including Sales Director at Bristol & West, Sales & Marketing Director at Skipton Financial Services, Strategic Partnership Director at AXA & Head of Affinity Partnerships at ACE European Group.

bulletTo Link In with Marcus: view Alisons Linked In profile or email



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