College calls for Levy fund payers to ‘Use it or Lose It’ | Walsall College

College calls for Levy fund payers to ‘Use it or Lose It’

Walsall College are urging employers to use their Apprenticeship Levy funds before it goes to waste.

Come to our Levy Breakfast event on 31st January from 7.30am to 9am

The Apprenticeship Levy is a training fund that is made up of tax accrued through 0.5% of a company’s paybill.

Employers with a paybill of over £3m contribute towards the levy and in turn, can utilise the funds to enhance their workforce through apprenticeship training. Those paying the levy will receive their funds through their Digital Apprenticeship Service account, which expires 24 months after the first instalment.

As the first instalment began in April 2017, levy payers have only months to use their funds before it runs out. In response to the limited timeline, Walsall College are offering free support to employers to enable them to claim their funds back through investing in new and existing staff.

Recruiting for Birmingham City Council

The team recently worked with Birmingham City Council to help them to find new apprenticeship talent for their administration and customer service departments.

Working closely with the council, the team produced a scheme of training delivery to custom suit the organisation’s needs and requirements. Through the college’s innovative ‘Walsall College Graduate’ programme, apprentices were equipped with softer skills the council were looking for, including updated IT skills, positive values and developing the traits to become professional and enterprising.

Following the training programme, all apprentices had the opportunity to apply for vacant positions at the council, with some gaining promotions shortly after completing training or moving onto a higher level apprenticeship.

Offering bespoke training at all levels

The team offers training in a wide range of sectors, including Business Administration, Customer Service, IT, Management, Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Construction, Dental, Pharmacy, Health and Social Care, Automotive, Engineering and Sign making.

James Norris, “Apprenticeships are a great way to address these issues as they are a fantastic way for businesses to develop new talent and pass their knowledge on to the next generation of workers. They also provide young people with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and real work experience that will lead to greater employment prospects in the future.”

Learn how you can make the most of your levy funds by coming to our Levy Breakfast event on 31st January from 7.30am to 9am at The Hub. To book your place, please visit:

Business Training Solutions team on 01922 651129 or email

Published on Jan 14th 2019

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