Considering taking on an apprentice or want to upskill your existing staff? Not sure where to start?

City of Wolverhampton College are here to 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 by college staff for practical observations

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 and can be used to take on new staff or to train 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 us, so you can concentrate on running your business and know your apprentice is in the best hands.
  • 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 Employer? If your business has a wage bill of more than £3 million a 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 Employer? If you don’t pay the levy, you only need to pay 10% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. The government will pay the rest (90%) up to the funding banding maximum. What’s more, if you have less than 50 employees, the cost of training an apprentice between 16 and 18 years old is free.

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 between the ages of 16 and 25. This is up to salaries of £45k.

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

Supporting Employers Every Step of the Way

It’s important to know that, as an employer, you’re not on your own throughout the apprenticeship recruitment process. Our employer services team is on hand every step of the way, and it’s our job to make sure taking on an apprentice or up-skilling your current staff through an apprenticeship programme 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 suit your needs- whether that means providing bitesize training or coming to your workplace. Our range of programmes includes apprenticeships, workplace learning and commercially funded projects.

We are the UK’s leading training provider in plastics and the largest provider of 16-18 apprenticeships in the area. We work with more than 700 employers each year, including a number of multi nationals such as the BBC and MOOG. All of our trainers are highly qualified, have relevant occupational experience and are committed to continuous professional development.

We continuously invest in new technology to ensure our training facilities remain state-of-the-art and in line with industry. Our Engineering facilities have recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment including the installation of brand new equipment – including lathes, CNCs, milling machines and the latest software – as well as a specialist computer aided design suite offering the latest CAD drafting facilities and dedicated CAD/CAM PCs in the workshops.

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

We also have a fully-operational modern Motor Vehicle garage, sports centre, 14-booth welding and fabrication workshop, beauty studios, hi-tech hairdressing trainings in Wolverhampton, Telford and Worcester, training restaurant, purpose built centre for gas training and assessment and employer focussed construction facilities.

Support Every Step of the Way

We have a dedicated Employer Services team and from the moment you contact us, we will provide support and advice every step of the way. We will work with you to:

  • Choose the right apprenticeship programme for your business
  • Explain the apprenticeship programme and how it will work for you
  • Help you access funding and provide advice on the latest grants available
  • Help you to recruit an apprentice – we can advertise your vacancy, find and screen candidates and arrange interviews via our free recruitment service
  • 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

Our free recruitment service will help you find an apprentice that’s right for your business. Our friendly and bespoke service includes:

  • Working with you to identify your business needs
  • A comprehensive candidate search – vacancies are listed on the National Apprenticeships website and social media sites, while our close links with school and careers advice agencies ensure we have a talent pool of eager young people available to you
  • Assessing and shortlisting candidates, meaning you don’t have a pile of CV’s and applications to sort through
  • Interviewing the best candidates and providing feedback
  • Arranging start dates and follow ups