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CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON COLLEGE URGES BUSINESSES TO USE NEW APPRENTICESHIP FUNDING
Staff at City of Wolverhampton College are urging businesses in the West Midlands to take advantage of a new government cash incentive to help fund hiring apprentices.
From August 1st, employers with a wage bill of less than £3 million per year will receive £2,000 for taking on new apprentices aged 16-24 and £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 or over.
The additional funding – available until January 31, 2021 – will enable businesses to recruit apprentices who will combine working for the company with studying for industry-recognised qualifications at college.
Joanne Baugh, head of employer engagement at the college, told Prosper, "Taking on an apprentice is an opportunity for employers to train staff to meet the demands of their business and, with the new government funding available, this is an ideal opportunity to utilise apprentices to support the skills of their workforce and the post-Covid recovery.
"Apprenticeship training offered by City of Wolverhampton College is developed in conjunction with local employers so anyone taking on an apprentice can be assured that they will develop the skills and knowledge needed to meet the demands of the business."
Meanwhile the college has launched its new apprenticeship programme for 2020/21, with over 50 schemes on offer, and has a talent pool of over 400 screened candidates waiting for an apprenticeship with an employer.
Apprenticeship training is available in 15 industry sectors – including business and management, construction, early years, engineering, hairdressing, health and social care, hospitality, motor vehicle, polymer processing and teaching and education– with new programmes on offer including construction quantity surveying, cyber intrusion, drinks dispensing, digital marketing and project management.
Jo continued, "Our expanded programme for 2020/21 includes range of new apprenticeship opportunities in many industry sectors giving employers from across the region the opportunity to take on new staff or up-skill existing staff to meet the future demands of their business.
"There has always been financial support available to help businesses employ apprentices, however the new government incentive scheme will be a huge boost and enable them to utilise apprentices to support their business and existing workforce in the post-Covid recovery."
JOB SUCCESS FOR IT APPRENTICE LEWIS!
Signing up for an apprenticeship through City of Wolverhampton College has launched the IT career of 18-year-old Lewis Butler, who was offered a permanent contract at the company where he has been training.
Lewis, who works for the Central Learning Partnership Trust, said: “I am very passionate about computing and wanted to learn more so opted for an apprenticeship in the field.”
He told Prosper, “The apprenticeship has given me the knowledge to be able to complete my qualification at college as well as skills that I’ve been able to use in the workplace in my role as an apprentice technician.
“I have nearly finished my apprenticeship and the company wanted me to continue working for them so offered me a permanent job – it felt great as it shows that I have made a good impression at the company and that they can see me progressing further in the future.”
Apprenticeships enable people to earn while they learn by combining working for an employer with studying for a relevant industry-recognised qualification at college, with apprentices generally attending college one day a week to be taught by tutors and assessed in the workplace by college staff on a regular basis.
Apprenticeship training is also available for existing staff who want to update their skills and qualifications and, depending on the programme chosen, can be delivered in the workplace.
The college has a dedicated recruitment team to support employers in appointing the right person for the job, including advertising vacancies, screening applicants and shortlisting candidates for interview; as well as a team of account managers and assessors who will support apprentices and employers throughout the programme.