Sandwell College Employers Guide

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Contents Why choose Sandwell College? Apprenticeships Traineeships SWAP ConstructionGateway Management and Professional Courses Fab Lab Workforce Succession Planning Enrichment Who we work with Contact Us

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Why choose Sandwell College

Sandwell College engages with local businesses around the West Midlands to grow a talented future workforce for the region. We collaborate with businesses to provide them with sound strategic and operational support to ensure a skilled and growing workforce, training to get the right staff, and courses to keep your current workforce engaged and equipped in an ever-changing market.

Dedicated Business Development Managers: our engagement teamwill help with training requirements, funding applications and offer a free recruitment service Fast Growing: Sandwell College is one of the fastest growing General Further Education Colleges in theWest Midlands Experienced Assessors: our team of tutors and assessors are experienced in ensuring your workforce develop and make a valuable contribution to your organisation Apprenticeships across 10 sectors: we have expertise across multiple sectors and offer over 25 different apprenticeships

Please note, all information is subject to government guidance

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Apprenticeships: Overview

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INFORMATION ON APPRENTICESHIPS

• Grow or upskill your team with apprenticeships • An apprenticeship is a training programme designed to industry standards and designed with businesses in mind. Apprenticeships can help employers recruit new talent but can also assist them in upskilling current employees • While the apprentice works for you, they also learn the core skill set at Sandwell College and study for a nationally recognised qualification • Apprentices generally work between 30 and 40 hours per week and they spend a minimum of 20% of their annual paid working hours training towards their apprenticeship with us • This is a perfect way to invest in a future workforce whilst also adding a committed person to your headcount Why chooseanapprenticeshipwithus A leading apprenticeship provider with over 30 years’ experience and success rates 10% above the average

How long does an apprenticeship take? Between 1 and 4 years Is there an age restriction? Anyone aged 16 or over can do an apprenticeship How many hours a week will my apprentice work? Around 30-40 hours (16/17 year olds aren’t legally allowed to do more than 40 hours). Off-the-job training is a statutory requirement for an apprenticeship. It is training received by the apprentice during the apprentice’s normal working hours, for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship.

EQUIVALENT EDUCATIONAL PASS 5 GCSE passes 2 A Level passes

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Apprenticeships: Thebenefits toyou as anemployer

• Cost-effective way of creating a skilledworkforce (reduce recruitment and training costs) • Flexible way of hiring - The apprenticeship can be tailored to specific job roles • Increased staff retention andmotivation • Tried and testedway to recruit new staff and upskill existing staff to develop a skilled and qualifiedworkforce • Taking an apprentice with Sandwell College opens your business up to discount on other training offered by the College alongwith other partnership opportunities • Supporting employers tomake themost of their levy and secure any available cash incentives

“We took an apprentice on from Sandwell College in 2019 for Health & Social Care. We work very closely with Sandwell College and feel very well supported. As an employer, we believe it’s important to give apprentices the opportunity to develop and learn, but it also gives us the opportunity to nurture them and watch them grow within the business.” ShamMali – Managing Director

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Apprenticeships: WeOffer

HEALTH& SOCIALCARE

• Automotive andGreen Technologies • Business Admin and Professional Services • Customer Service • Childcare • Construction • Dental Nursing • Engineering • Digital and IT Infrastructure • Hospitality • Sport • Early Years

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HOSPITALITY

“I think it’s a real asset to any business and we’ve had some real success stories. We have ten apprentices that work for us from Sandwell College and they have been very supportive and have helped us find apprentices that we’ve gone on to hire. Apprentices are so keen to learn and they’re such a joy to work with, they’re like sponges and want to grow and develop. Sandwell College really go the extra mile.” James White, Winner of The Apprentice, Owner of Right Time Recruitment

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Funding Apprenticeships:

Funding available:

EMPLOYER: NON-LEVY PAYER (>50 EMPLOYEES)

EMPLOYER: NON-LEVY PAYER (<50 EMPLOYEES) Gov. pays 100% Gov. adds £1k per apprentice for employer (paid to training provider after month 3 and 12, passed onto employer)

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EMPLOYER: LEVY PAYER

16-18 Funded by digital account Gov. adds £1k per apprentice for employer (paid to training provider after month 3 and 12, passed onto employer)

Gov. pays 95% Employer pays 5% (co-investment)

Gov. adds £1k per apprentice for employer (paid to training provider after month 3 and 12, passed onto employer)

What’s it going to cost me? As of April 2022, national minimumwage for apprentices is £4.81 per hour however many employers choose to pay more especially as skills develop. Are there any additional payments available? An employer will be paid £1,000 for taking on an apprentice who is either: • Aged 16 to 18 years old • Under 25 and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority • Employers with fewer than 50 staff will be entitled to 100% government funding for 16-18 year olds

19+ Funded by digital account

Gov. pays 95% Employer pays 5% (co-investment)

Gov. pays 95% Employer pays 5% (co-investment)

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Howto recruit anApprentice: Astep-by-stepguide

Option 1 – We recruit for you

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Get in touch with us, discuss your business needs and hear about how we manage the recruitment of the apprentice for you We will create a job description for your specific role needed, then once approved by yourself we will advertise the vacancy

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Option 2 – Recruit an Apprentice yourself We will agree how we can support you in recruiting an apprentice Step 1: We will interview your candidates to check suitability (this may be from a candidate you have put forward yourself) Step 2: Apprentice is chosen and your normal recruitment process takes place Step 3: We will screen all applicants and those meeting your requirements will be interviewed by us and then sent to you for your own recruitment process Step 3: Once a candidate is chosen, contracts are written and the apprentice will start Step 4: Once the apprentice begins, you will be allocated a specialist account manager to support you throughout Step 5: Once the apprentice begins, you will be allocated a specialist account manager to support you throughout Step 4:

“We have an excellent working relationship with Sandwell College. They have helped us recruit and train numerous level 3 Dental Nursing apprentices, over the years. This has helped them gain valuable work experience and permanent employment, as well as helping us build a team of skilled, professionally trained staff.” Scott Arms Dental

Bespoke pre-training available to support candidates

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Programmes to Employment • Traineeships • Sector BasedWork Academy (SWAPS) • Construction Gateway • SIATraining

Traineeships: Overview

Traineeships are for young people who are aged 16 - 24 and NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) who need additional assistance to get into employment or onto an apprenticeship. There are three types of Traineeships: Standard Traineeship: An eight-week programme - the first four weeks trainees are in college working towards Functional Skills. Trainees then complete a three-week work placement and one week to sit their English and Maths exams. Supported Traineeship: A mentor supported twelve-week programme for those with additional needs or barriers to education and employment such as low confidence, self esteem, social anxiety, etc. The first eight weeks are in college working towards Functional Skills. Trainees then complete a three-week work placement in the career field they are interested in before returning for a week to sit their English and Maths exams. Fast-Track Traineeship: A programme for trainees that already have English and Maths qualifications at the required level for an apprenticeship but need work experience and employability skills. This programme lasts between three to eight weeks depending on the needs of the trainee.

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Traineeships:

Case study WillmottDixon

• Get ahead of the competition and attract enthusiastic, fresh talent • You’ll receive a £1,000 incentive for each trainee • Traineeships allow you to fill business gaps • Develop a loyal and talentedworkforce from your local community resulting in a good PR story for your business • Existing staff can develop their skills in mentoring and coaching by workingwith trainees • We offer Traineeships in: Construction, Hospitality,

“During our recent construction project, we collaborated with Sandwell College to provide opportunities for early-career talent. We facilitated employability sessions and hosted work experience placements for five NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to support them in fulfilling requirements for their traineeship programmes. A stand-out success story from this initiative is a Sandwell College alumnus, Olivia. Having completed her work experience placement with us, we were so impressed with Olivia that she was offered a summer internship. Following the completion of her internship Olivia decided to pursue a career with us and applied for a four-year Management Trainee programme which will see Willmott Dixon sponsoring Olivia while she completes a degree in her chosen field, as well as providing the opportunity to apply her learning through hands-on, real-world experience on our sites.”

Childcare, Customer Service, Business Administration, Automotive and Care

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ASector-BasedWorkAcademy (SWAP) can last up to6weeks: Steps for SWAPS 1. Pre-employment training – matched to your recruitment needs 2. Work experience placement or company presentation for learners to understand your company and vacancy on offer 3. Aguaranteed interviewor helpwithyour recruitment process

Learners aged 19 years plus remain on benefits while on the SWAP, there is no direct cost to any employer and all expenses such as travel, PPE and childcare are covered. The benefits of taking on a SWAP: • A bespoke flexible programme can be tailored to your recruitment needs and vacancies. • It is a free recruitment tool for quality candidates available for work • It is a tool to recruit staff with the right training and skills through a fully funded training programme. • Reduces the risk within the process of recruiting new staff • An opportunity to provide work experience placements for potential staff to ensure they are suitable SWAPS we offer: Construction, Sia Door Security, Health and Social Care, Early Years Care, Mental Health Awareness, Customer Services, Business Administration, Automotive, Hospitality, Office Practices Funding for Employers: The SWAP is a free recruitment tool that sources, upskills and retrains individuals to succeed in the workplace. The bespoke funding package of training can be up to £1000 with a free recruitment service and support through to a job start.

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All recruitment of candidates is free with PPE, licences, travel and childcare paid while training is undertaken

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“We’ve been working with Sandwell College on our Women in Security campaign. They have been fantastic in devising the course and removing the barriers to entry for women looking to get into security. We’ve had a great experience working with Sandwell College.” GMS Security SIASecurityTraining A4 week course for preparing individuals with the skills, knowledge, and licenses to work in the security industry, gaining the qualification in: • SIA Licence • L1Awareness of Health and Safety • L2Award in Door Supervisors in the Security Industry • Interview techniques and CV in readiness for interviews • Introduction to Customer Service • Manual Handling • Disability Awareness

A4 week course to provide an employer with a free recruitment pathway for trained individuals ready to work in construction, gaining the qualifications in: • L1 Health and Safety in the Construction Industry • CSCS Card • Manual Handling certificate • Asbestos awareness • InterviewTechniques and CV in readiness for interviews

All recruitment of candidates is free with PPE, licences, travel and childcare paid while training is undertaken

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Management and Professional Courses:

The Professions Academy at Sandwell College has a strong reputation for delivering high quality, fully online Management and Leadership Programmes, featuring ‘real-time’ interactive classes with on-demand online learning materials available 24/7. Over 91% of learners who studied with The Professions Academy last year achieved their qualifications in full! The Professions Academy now delivers ‘Flexi-Study’ courses in Management and Leadership out of its new premises at Bennetts Hill in Birmingham City Centre. Flexi-Study courses combine one day a month of face-to-face classroom teaching with independent distance learning and support from a dedicated tutor able to offer learners online support throughout their studies. From September 2022, The Professions Academy will be broadening its range of Professional Courses to offer even more qualifications from the UK’s leading awarding bodies including Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and more!

Our courses include: • CMI Level 3 Certificate /Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership • CMI Level 3 Certificate/ Diploma in Coaching andMentoring • CMI Level 3 Certificate in Project Management • CMI Level 5 Certificate/ Diploma in Management and Leadership • CMI Level 5 Certificate/Diploma in Management Coaching andMentoring • CMI Level 5 Certificate in Project Management • CMI Level 5 Certificate/Diploma in Professional Consulting • CMI Level 7 Certificate/ Diploma in StrategicManagement and Leadership Practice • CMI Level 7 Certificate/Diploma in Leadership Coaching andMentoring • CMI Level 7 Certificate/Diploma in Professional Consulting

PLEASE SCAN HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL COURSES

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FabLab:

The Fab Lab is a high-tech makerspace and digital innovation hub where anyone can come to prototype, design and build their own amazing products and inventions. If you can dream it – we can help you make it! The Fab Lab has worked with entrepreneurs and businesses across the West Midlands to help design innovative new products with state-of-the-art emerging technologies. Businesses can also access an entire suite of advanced manufacturing equipment, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines and virtual reality headsets. Fab Lab’s Skills Accelerator programme has provided many Black Country businesses free, personalised training for their staff on: cybersecurity, digital marketing, website design, emerging technologies and 3D printing. Get in touch today with our award-winning staff for a free consultation: fablab@sandwell.ac.uk

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WorkforceSuccessionPlanning: supportingyourworkforce planning for learners on full- timeprogrammes seekingwork experienceacross a rangeof sectors

RECRUITMENT

WorkPlacements Work Experience, (T-Level) Industry Placements. Employability for students is a priority for us to ensure students leave with the right skills for the workplace. Please contact our Business Engagement team to find the best work placement option for your organisation.

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Enrichment:

Want to add value to the College but don’t know how?

Join our Employer Board The College are always looking for corporate partners who can add value to our teaching provision. You’ll form a vital part of how we update our curriculum, how our academic staff stay up to date on commercial developments and be the first place we go to when our students are

Careers Fairs Every month Sandwell College host a variety of careers fairs aimed at different sectors across the college group. We invite our partner businesses to showcase their organisation, speak to potential future employees and bring along live vacancies. Meet an Employer Throughout the year we run sessions where students get the opportunity to hear from people in the industry directly. Can your business deliver a short presentation or give a talk to students where they can hear about your experiences, learn about your industry and listen to any advice? These sessions are really impactful to our pupils, taking them out of a classroom setting and letting them explore different industry options. We deliver to students across our cohorts including our adult learners.

looking to complete their placements. Community Projects

Throughout the year, Sandwell College students are encouraged to add value to their local communities. Whether this is through charitable deeds, spending time with vulnerable community members or helping to refurbish a shared garden space, we always inspire our learners to give back and take social responsibility. If you know a community project our students can get involved in, we’d love for you to get in touch.

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SEE www.sandwell.ac.uk WRITE business.enquiries@sandwell.ac.uk TALK 01216675018 Contact Us:

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