Support for Employers

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

Changes to GCSE’s – Information for Employers

As you may be aware, the government has recentlyannounced radical changes to the structure and assessment of GCSEs. Over the next few years, GCSEs in England will move from the familiar system of A* – G grades, to a new system of grading with numbers. These changes will start to affect employers from August 2017, as they start to see job applicants and apprentices coming through with a mix of letter and number grades.

From August 2017, English Literature, English Language and maths GCSEs will be graded on a scale of 9 to 1,with 9 being the highest grade, as follows:

In August 2018 this new system will be extended to popular subjects, including arts, humanities, languages and the sciences. Other subjects will follow in August 2019. The reforms will also see GCSEs become more rigorous, with exams taken after two years of study rather than in modules with exams along the way, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.

The new qualifications aim to:

  • Provide a stronger foundation for further study and employment, keeping pace with the demands of universities and employers
  • Support students in developing the knowledge, skills and values they need for life in modern Britain
  • Match the standards of the best education systems in the world.

From August 2017 new job applicants may have achieved different standards from what you are used to, so you will need to know how these compare to the previous method of grading.

 A grade 4 will roughly be in line with a grade C
 The bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G
 Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a grade 7 or better
 Over time, employers may notice a double award GCSE in Combined Science, which will be graded on a 17-point scale from 1-1 to 9-9. If students achieve grade 4-4 or higher, they will  have achieved the equivalent of two GCSES at grades A*-C on the old scale
 Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than the current A*

  • Entry requirements for certain jobs may need altering to reflect the new grading system.
  • Employers of apprentices will need to ensure that apprentices achieve a minimum level of Functional Skill or GCSE either before or during their Apprenticeship programme.

Please note:
City of Wolverhampton College will be able to advice on the required numeracy and literacy standards for each apprenticeship framework