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Funding for Skills

Cash Bursaries available for businesses that employ graduate interns

Businesses that employ graduate interns can benefit from cash bursaries of up to £850 thanks to a new scheme from the University of Wolverhampton. The initiative, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), gives businesses and charities the opportunity for financial gain through their employment of a University of Wolverhampton graduate.

For more information e-mail theworkplace@wlv.ac.uk or contact Kunal Swani, Employer Liaison Officer in the University’s Careers & Employment Services, on 01902 321692.

Apprentice Wage Subsidy

Black Country Skills Factory has launched a wage subsidy for SME’s who take on new apprentices. The subsidy aims to provide some compensation to employers for the time spent at college by the apprentice. Subsidies of up to £1,500 are offered to Black Country SME companies who have not taken on an engineering apprentice in the past 12 months, and are in addition to existing government grants.

For more information click here or call 08458 151515

Skill Up - Free Staff Training

Skill Up is a major initiative offering £5 million worth of FREE training to Black Country businesses.

The six leading Black Country Colleges have come together to pool their extensive vocational knowledge and secure funding from the European Social Fund and Local Response Fund to help make this possible. Benefits include:

  • FREE training to help stretch your budgets further and give your staff the training and qualifications they need

  • FREE organisational training needs analysis to identify the right training to add value to your business

  • Flexible training delivered where possible onsite

  • Training tailored to meet the specific needs of your business, Skill Up requires minimal time and effort on your part to achieve maximum benefits

For Further information click here or call Walsall College on 01922 651135 or email skillup@walsallcollege.ac.uk

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