Call for schools to takes on apprentices

City of Wolverhampton College is urging local schools to prepare for new government apprenticeship proposals that could affect them.

The college is in the process of contacting schools to offer support and advice ahead of government plans for public sector employers to take on more apprentices.

Earlier this year, the government published a consultation document proposing that all public bodies with more than 250 employees would be required to take on apprentices. With schools maintained by a local authority included in their own local government target, these plans would see the majority of schools affected.

Deputy Director of Commercial and Employment Andrew Cartwright said: “The results of the consultation are yet to be published, but it is expected that schools will be asked to take on apprentices in a bid to help the government hit its target of 3 million such roles by 2020.

“These do not necessarily have to be teaching assistants. We have placed a number of apprentices into schools to fill roles in IT and business admin as well as classroom support.

“What is important is that schools are aware of the impact these proposals may have on them, and that is why we are contacting all schools in the area to provide guidance and answer any questions they may have.

“Apprentices are a great way to attract new talent, save on recruitment and training costs, and provide additional support in a way that can improve student outcomes. Our years of experience mean we can help make the whole process of recruiting an apprentice simple and easy, from advertising your position to shortlisting candidates and providing admin support.”

Anita Notta, Assistant Principal for Inclusion at The British Sikh School in Wolverhampton, said: “We took on an IT apprentice through the college and worked closely with them to find the right candidate.

“Our IT issues are now resolved really quickly, plus it’s been great for the pupils to see that there are these kind of opportunities out there for them when they leave school.”

City of Wolverhampton College is one of the region’s largest training providers, currently working with more than 800 apprentices and 700 employers. For more information call the Employer Service team on 01902 837163 or email

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