What our employer customers say…
“As a business it’s good to have a diverse group of staff, and the apprenticeship scheme has helped us get younger people in who can bring with them different experiences and skills – their knowledge of social media, for example, is great and has been very useful in helping us appeal to a wider audience.
“Apprentices come with no prior experience so you can teach them the right way of doing things, particularly when it comes to customer service. The scheme has also made us review how we work and what we do, as when you’re training somebody else you have to look at your own knowledge.
“The college has been excellent. We have had very good support, right from putting together the initial job description to support with interviews. The assessor has given us good advice and I’d thoroughly recommend them.”
Marc Hughes – Wolverhampton Lawn, Tennis & Squash Club
“I believe in young people being given a chance, and from previous experience, I have found the apprenticeship scheme very successful.
“They grow with you and they are so young and full of energy, that reflects back to the customer.
“The apprenticeship scheme is amazing and it’s one of the best things created for young people.”
Alex Abdelaal – Nutmeg Restaurant, Wolverhampton.
“Both of our apprentices have progressed very quickly from not knowing very much about planning and building control to becoming valued and knowledgeable members of the team.”
Adele Squire – City of Wolverhampton Council
“Apprenticeships are an ideal way to get younger people into the business which helps with succession planning and also enables us to work with them to develop skills that will benefit individual departments and the organisation as a whole.”
David Humpage – City of Wolverhampton Council
“Apprenticeships are an opportunity to bring young people into the industry and develop them and their skills to meet the needs of the club.
“All of our young players are apprentices with the League of Football Education (LFE) and it was seeing the progress that they made through the scheme that prompted us to take on business apprentices too.
“They are an integral part of the Academy administration team and have the opportunity to become full-time members of staff when they have completed their training.”
Jennifer Rice – Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
“We have employed apprentices in the e-services department for the last six years and it has enabled us to introduce young people into the team and equip them with the skills we need.
“We have been able to design their learning to reflect their specific roles and develop different skill sets which will benefit the organisation in the long-term.
“And as the apprentices are of a younger age, we have been able to gain their views and opinions on a ranger of different issues which has been very beneficial to the department and the organisation as a whole.
“Apprentices are treated as an integral part of the team, with their own responsibilities, so that from their first day of training they have a realistic view of what working life is like.”
Neil Beards – City of Wolverhampton Council
“When we decided to take on apprentices I had no idea what to do or where to start but the college were brilliant and lead me every step of the way. They gave us fantastic candidates and I’m so grateful that the college is right on our doorstep.”
Diane Davies, Deputy Editor, Express & Star
“The scheme has been wonderful because it’s bringing new life into the existing team and it’s useful to have new ideas coming through.
“The quality of the apprentices that have come though has been great. It’s been ideal for young people who want to work with their hands and become involved in a real trade in an organisation that will require it for generations to come.”
Kelly Brown, Organisational Design Specialist, Canal & River Trust
“City of Wolverhampton College has been a valuable partner in our desire to recruit and train apprentices and has been intrinsic in the screening and selection process for them.
“Our partnership with the college is an important and fruitful one which I would encourage other employers to explore in their own areas, especially with the Apprenticeship Levy coming into force.”
Abdul Mozzamdar, Apprenticeships Manager, Kier
“Apprentices are part of our industry and we have to keep on training them – if you put the time into young people and take an interest in them, their attitudes are totally different and it creates a much better working environment for your team and your clients.
“Your business is as good as your team so if you invest in your team it really pays off.”
Nicholas Davis, Owner of Nicholas Davis Hair & Beauty
“Highly delighted with the performance of City of Wolverhampton College”
Radshape Sheet Metal Ltd
“The training provided has been very informative and as the Line Manager of the apprentice I have been very satisfied with how the assessor has worked with us and ensured that all of the required work is completed on time.”
“Our assessor provided a great service to us whilst our apprentice was training – with encouragement and support throughout the process.”
Borger UK Ltd
“The expertise of the primary tutor combined with the responsiveness of the contract manager make City of Wolverhampton College amongst the best of the colleges we deal with.”
British Broadcast Corporation
“The employees undertaking the training have been very satisfied and have enjoyed their learning so far”
Murray Hall Community Trust
“Assessor guidance/feedback was excellent”
Choices Housing Association