Upskill and Future Proof Your Workforce

Enquire today to find your ideal apprentice and programme to match your requirements. Our advisors will be in touch to support you through the process.

How does it work?

Apprentices will be employed by local businesses and enrolled on education programmes with either the University of Wolverhampton or Dudley College, depending on the most appropriate level of study for the apprentice.

At all levels, apprentices will spend a proportion of their time at the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills so that they directly benefit from the training and latest state-of-the-art technologies available within the advanced manufacturing sector.

Find out more about the ECMS with our information brochure

What are the benefits to your business?

Are you looking to upskill your employees or attract new talent? The apprenticeship model has a number of benefits for employers.

Helping to fulfil the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership’s goal to close the skills gap in the local economy, the scheme will enable you to:

 • develop a highly skilled, professional workforce

 • train your current workforce, bringing new knowledge and skills into your business

 • acquire new talent, including high-calibre school-leavers

 • create opportunities for progression within your organisation

 • access the expertise available within the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills.

If you’re a UK employer with an annual pay bill over £3 million, from April 2017 you’ll contribute to the new Apprenticeship Levy, requiring you to make an investment in apprenticeships.

Not only will you bring all-important higher level skills into your business, you’ll also benefit from government incentives including a £15,000 allowance to offset against your levy payment.

To find out more about the Apprenticeship Levy and how your business can start getting the most out of apprenticeships ahead of the changes, get in touch with the University of Wolverhampton’s Apprenticeship Hub.

How much will it cost my company?

If Apprentices are aged between 16 and 18 when they start the Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to them or to employers.

Funding for the programme is claimed by their college directly from the UK Government.