Walsall College is declaring that it’s all systems go for local businesses, with the very latest apprenticeship and traineeship funding bringing major opportunities for recovery and future growth across the region.
The College is committed to supporting businesses across all sectors as they look to fully capitalise on these bonuses from the government and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced yesterday (8 July) that firms will receive £2,000 for hiring a new apprentice aged 16 to 24, while £1,500 will be paid for new apprentices aged 25 and over.
The bonuses will be available from August to January 2021.
Assistant Principal, James Norris said: “This funding boost is the turning point that businesses in crisis so urgently need in order to re-evaluate and return, stronger than ever.
“The creation of new apprenticeships and traineeships will capitalise on the skills and productivity ambitions that we as a region have already achieved, and will continue to deliver in line with our economic priorities.
“We’re ready to work with all businesses taking advantage of this funding and workforce investment. Through the recruitment and training solutions we have available, we can make sure businesses do not face any further skills challenges while looking ahead.”
This new funding goes hand in hand with the WMCA’s £40m Apprenticeship commitment for Levy Transfer investment within the West Midlands.
New legislation means extra funding is opening up the apprenticeship service for small to medium sized business that do not currently pay into the apprenticeship levy, with 100% funding for apprenticeship training and no co-investment for SMEs (subject to meeting the required criteria).
This allows employers to take more control over how they engage with apprenticeships. This ensures they are doing the best for the long-term profitability of their business and encourages the continuation of high quality apprenticeships.
An apprenticeship can be a smart, cost- effective way of taking on a new recruit to work in your business, or to help an existing member of staff to progress in their career.
Walsall College is also reaching out to businesses that have been forced to restructure their workforces due to the impact of Covid-19. A full redundancy support service is available to help employers manage this process. Personalised advice and guidance can also be provided for those pursuing new employment opportunities.
Employers interested in taking advantage of these new funding can contact the business training solutions team via our
online form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org