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Apprenticeships represent an important way for employers to recruit both young and older people: an apprentice is an employee, earning a wage and gaining job-specific skills whilst also working towards a nationally recognised qualification.
A recent survey has demonstrated that employers feel that recruiting new employees through the apprenticeship route has valuable benefits for their business. Apprentices play a valuable role in helping businesses become more competitive and productive, and help lead to a more motivated workforce. Recruiting apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring pre-skilled staff.

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) delivers this service through a range of local providers, including local further education colleges.

Local Colleges

Information for employers on apprenticeships offered by local colleges can be found at the following;

Dudley College

Halesowen college

Birmingham Metropolitan College (Stourbridge College)

Search for an Apprenticeship Vacancy 

Black Country Skills Factory has launched various subsidies for SME’s who take on new apprentices. The subsidies range from £1,000 to £3,500 and aim to support Engineering Apprenticeships in Black Country HVM sector subject to terms and conditions. The subsidy is in addition to existing government grants and aims to compensate employers for the non-productive time spent at college and lack of productivity.  

For more information visit www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk/apprentices  or call 08458 15 15 15

Dudley Council Apprenticeship Academy

Dudley Council is recognised as the highest recruiter of apprentices in the Black Country and have apprentices in various departments on different frameworks.

  • Dudley Apprenticeships offer:

  • An Alternative to university

  • Earn while you learn

  • Gain qualifications

  • Improve your career prospects

  • Perfect start to your career

Dudley Council offer a variety of opportunities in both Schools and across the council.
For more information click here

Higher Apprenticeships  

Higher apprenticeships offer a work-based learning programme and lead to a nationally recognised qualification at one of the following:

  • a level 4 and 5 - equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree

  • a level 6 - equivalent to a bachelor degree 

    More information on Higher Apprenticeships can be found here
The LEMA Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme

The Lean Engineering and Manufacturing Academy (LEMA) Advanced Apprenticeship Engineering Programme, offers a unique and flexible approach to learning, balancing employment with college attendance to provide outstanding opportunities to learn new skills and fully prepare apprentices for the world of work in Engineering.  The LEMA focuses on Engineering whilst embedding continuous improvement techniques into the overall programme. To find out more visit www.lemacademy.co.uk 

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