Dudley Council is keen to make apprenticeship funds reach as far as possible across the borough by supporting businesses who would benefit greatly from such investment.
The traditional apprenticeship role has changed. With the introduction of new apprenticeship standards there are now many programmes available even up to degree level. The breadth of apprenticeships and qualifications available has also significantly increased and they now cover a wide range of roles and jobs.
All apprenticeship programmes will utilise a mix of on and off the job training, all contributing towards the apprenticeship standard. In many cases this will include 20 percent of the employees paid hours, but this is determined by the type of apprenticeship.
Dudley Council is welcoming requests for support from its Apprenticeship Levy Business Support Programme.
Employers, such as Dudley Council, pay a levy to develop apprentices, those employers that have accrued unused funds by paying the levy can assist other organisation.
The unused funds can be used by others employers to help pay for their apprenticeship training costs. These funds can be used to pay for the training costs associated with a new apprentice or for upskilling existing employees.
An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying programme of skills development.
Apprentices can gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and the wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career. The apprentice will gain this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, for example, shadowing and working alongside experienced staff, formal off the job training and opportunities to practice new skills in a real work place.
Dudley Council would like to hear from interested businesses who are looking to start employing apprentices, increase their intake of apprentices or would like to upskill their existing employees.
The council holds particular interest in the following sectors, although the ability to apply for the fund is not limited to these areas:
For more information, read the Apprenticeship Levy Support Programme leaflet
A Dudley Council skills and business advisor will work with you to identify whether an apprenticeship is the best route for your organisation, they will advise on suitable types of apprenticeships for your employees and business.
It is important that when applying for the fund you are clear about the benefits to Dudley borough as a result of being successful with the application.
It is also important that you read the criteria and checklist before you complete the form.
Before completing the application form please ensure that the following checklist applies:
Dudley Council will need to agree the details of the transfer of funds with your organisation. For example, this includes which apprenticeship standard, how many apprentices and the cost.
You will also need to complete the following steps to ensure the request meets Government’s ‘transfer of apprenticeship’ rules. Dudley Council can provide help and guidance to get you started: