Businesses in the West Midlands can improve the skills of their employees by taking advantage of free training being offered by City of Wolverhampton College.

Under the scheme, employers signing up staff for an adult apprenticeship programme before April 30, 2017, will not have to pay for the employee to study for their relevant qualification at the college.

The offer is for staff aged 19 and over and the apprenticeship agreement must be signed by all parties before April 30, prior to the introduction of a national apprenticeship levy from May 1.

Under the new system employers in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million, will be subject to a levy for apprenticeship training, whilst those with a lower bill will be required to contribute a percentage towards the cost of the programme.

Claire Boliver, principal of the college, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to up-skill their staff by enabling them to continue working for the business while also studying for recognised qualifications at college.

“This offer is a fantastic opportunity for employers to access free, high quality, industry-specific training prior to the introduction of the new funding arrangements.”

The college’s free training offer applies to apprenticeships in accountancy, barbering, business administration, customer service, hairdressing, health and social care, improving operational performance, IT, leadership and management, marketing, retail, team leading and supervising, and youth work.

For more information contact the college’s employer team on 01902 837163 or email


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