If you want to take on an apprentice or upskill your existing staff, but aren’t sure where to start, City of Wolverhampton College can help!

We are one of the largest apprenticeship providers in the country, working with more than 700 employers each year, including multi-nationals such as the BBC and RBSL. Our apprenticeships start throughout the year and with a number of high calibre applicants looking for an apprenticeship right now we can help you find the perfect fit for your team.

An apprenticeship is ‘work based learning’; on-the-job training, leading to nationally recognised qualifications developed by industry.

Apprentices earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role, giving business the chance to train new staff in the skills they need.

Students attend college, usually on a day-release basis, to receive additional training, or are given assignments and visited at work by college staff for practical observations.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 and can be used to train new staff or upskill current employees.

Apprenticeships provide real, measurable business benefits:

  • Better productivity: An impressive 96% of employers who take on an apprentice report benefits to their organisation, and estimate each apprentice increases their company’s productivity by £214 per week.
  • Lower costs: Training an apprentice is more cost-effective than hiring experienced and skilled staff, and apprenticeships are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds.
  • Better training: All training and assessment is arranged and delivered by the college, so you can concentrate on running your business and know your apprentice is being supported throughout the programme.
  • Better reputation: Many business owners say taking on apprentices helps them improve their image, both within the industry and in the community.
  • Improve your organisation’s skills base: The government says skills shortages remain one of the biggest threats to UK businesses. Apprentices bring new ideas and a range of skills which can plug any gaps and this means they can take on a wider range of tasks and responsibilities
  • Motivate staff and reduce staff turnover: 88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.

Large business? If your business has a salary bill of more than £3 million per year, you are required to contribute to the government’s new apprenticeship levy at a rate of 0.5% of your pay bill. The government will top this up by 10%.

Small business? If your business has a salary bill of less than £3 million per year, you do not have to pay the apprenticeship levy. If the company has more than 50 employees you will only need to pay 5% towards apprenticeship training for new and existing employees. If the company has less than 50 employees, apprenticeship training for new and existing staff is fully-funded, meaning it won’t cost you anything.

For All Employers The government will also pay employers, no matter what size, £1,000 for each 16-18 year old apprentice they employ*.

Additionally, there is no payment of employers NI for all apprentices aged 16-25,  up to salaries of £45,000 per year.

*Additional government incentives are currently available – take a look at the apprenticeship funding page for further details.

Interested in finding out more about the apprenticeship levy and how it applies to your business? Visit the dedicated apprenticeship funding page.

Supporting employers every step of the way

It’s important to know that, as an employer, you won’t be on your own throughout the apprenticeship recruitment process. Our employer services team will be on-hand every step of the way to ensure that taking on a new apprentice, or offering apprenticeship training to up-skill your current staff, is as seamless as possible.

How can we help?

We have been awarded the Beacon Award for employer engagement, in recognition of our work with employers, along with the Training Quality Standard. In our latest Ofsted report, inspectors applauded the way staff worked with employers to develop bespoke training and provide a better skilled workforce across the region.

We offer bespoke, flexible and relevant training for employers, and can tailor courses to meet the needs of your business- whether that means providing bitesize training or delivering sessions in your workplace. Our programmes include a comprehensive apprenticeship programme covering a wide range of industry sectors, workplace learning and commercially-funded projects.

We are the largest provider of training for 16-18-year-old apprentices in the area and are the UK’s leading training provider in plastics and polymer processing. We work with more than 700 employers each year, including a number of multi nationals such as the BBC and RBSL. All team of expert trainers are highly qualified, have relevant occupational experience and are committed to continuing professional development.

We continuously invest in new technology to ensure our training facilities remain in line with industry standards.

Our engineering facilities have recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment including the installation of brand new equipment, including lathes, CNCs and milling machines with the latest software, programmable logic controllers, rapid prototyping machines and circuit assembly equipment, as well as a specialist computer aided design suite offering the latest CAD drafting facilities and workshops with dedicated CAD/CAM PCs

We have invested £300,000 in our Polymer Training & Innovation Centre (PTIC) in Telford, a unique technical training centre offering practical training across a range of processes for the UK polymer industry and equipped with a wide range of specialist machinery used by companies across the country.

We also have a fully-operational modern motor vehicle workshop, 14-booth welding and fabrication workshop, hair training academies in Wolverhampton, Telford and Worcester, a professional training kitchen, restaurant and bakery, industry-standard creative facilities, and a construction innovation centre equipped with trade workshops and a purpose-built gas assessment centre.

Support from our employer services team

From the moment you contact us, our dedicated employer services team will provide advice and support and work with you to:

  • Select the right training for your business
  • Choose the right apprenticeship and apprentice to meet your business needs
  • Explain the apprenticeship scheme and how it works
  • Help you access funding and provide advice on the latest grants and incentives available
  • Agree a training plan that suits your business needs
  • Deliver training and provide ongoing support, visiting your workplace to support both you and your apprentice
  • Help you to recruit an apprentice – from advertising your vacancy, screening applications, shortlisting candidates and arranging interviews via our free recruitment service

Our free recruitment service will help you find the right apprentice for the job, including:

  • Identifying your business needs
  • Providing a comprehensive candidate search – vacancies are listed on the National Apprenticeships Service website and social media sites, while our close links with school and careers advice agencies ensure we have a talent pool of enthusiastic young people waiting for an apprenticeship
  • Screening and shortlisting candidates for interview, meaning you don’t have a pile of CV’s and application forms to work through
  • Interviewing the best candidates and providing feedback
  • Arranging apprenticeship start dates and follow-up sessions

Contact our employer services team here or call 01902 837163.