A leading Midlands apprenticeship provider is urging employers to take advantage of new government incentives as it continues to successfully deliver assessments for existing trainees.
All employers that hire an apprentice between 1 August 2020 – 31 January 2021, will be entitled to government incentive payments of £2,000 for apprentices aged 16-24 (in addition to the £1,000 incentive already in place) and £1,500 for apprentices aged 25+.
WCG has been delivering learning to apprentices across all sectors during lock-down through remote delivery and virtual one-to-one sessions. The college group is now completing end point assessments for all apprentices and for where these aren’t able to be completed remotely, the college has opened facilities specially to complete training.
The trainees have ranged from engineering to equine and in some cases live video has been set-up to allow assessors to complete the end point assessments.
Mark Eden, Director of Work-Based Learning at WCG, said: “The last few months have been unprecedented for education and training delivery, however all of our staff, apprentices and employers have risen to the challenge to ensure no drop off in delivery. “Even if apprentices have been furloughed, we have continued their training and utilised their time – which has been well received by employers, who have received regular contact from our team. “The small groups we have had in at college sites have worked well, particularly in areas such as engineering, where the practical assessment is crucial to their development. “As a training provider, we are ready to welcome the next cohort of apprentices and will continue to support employers regarding the requirements for their business.”
WCG offers a wide range of apprenticeships in a variety of industries. We work with over 1,100 employers across both the Midlands and nationally, with large companies like Jaguar Land Rover, BT Fleet and Wyevale Garden Centres, all the way to sole traders.
For more information and to discuss how apprenticeships could benefit your business, please contact WCG’s Business Development Team on 0330 135 6940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org