Walsall Council Supports the Ladder

Walsall Council fully supports the Ladder for the Black Country and has been very active in bringing together local businesses and young people to help develop the skills and experience of our future workforce.

The key to successful apprenticeships has always been to matching enthusiastic young people with progressive employers. The Walsall Works programme has been very successful in lining up over 400 apprentices with 200 businesses and helping them with access to funding and other business support.

Walsall Works is a multi-million investment by Walsall Council. It symbolises our vision of creating the conditions for sustainable employment growth within our Walsall based businesses.

It aims to raise the ambition and aspiration of our young residents who live in households that pay their council tax to Walsall Council. In doing so, it will reduce the number of young people who are not in education, training or employment. Walsall Works will unlock new jobs within Walsall enterprises with a focus on those job opportunities within the growth and emerging key sectors of:

  • Niche and high value Manufacturing &
  • Engineering
  • Building & Environmental Technologies
  • Construction
  • Financial, Professional and Business Services
  • Creative and Digital Services
  • Health and Social Care
  • Logistics

Employers who recruit a young Walsall resident as an apprentice will be offered an incentive payment as outlined below:

  • £3,000 for employers taking on a young person aged 16 or 17 at a rate of £3.00 per hour
  • £4,500 for employers taking on a young person aged 18 to 20 at a rate of £4.98 per hour
  • £6,000 for employers taking on a young person aged 21 to 24 at a rate of £6.19 per hour

We are offering 450 young people the opportunity to access to an apprenticeship at three different levels. These young apprentices will undertake work based training and obtain the skills designed to meet the needs of employers. The training will lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Employers will support the personal development of the young apprentice by providing good quality work experience, supervision and access to training in relevant settings.

In addition we are also offering 290 young people, who do not meet the entry requirements of a full apprenticeship, to access an incentive based pre-apprenticeship course. These young people will obtain learning in transferable skills such as communication, employability, time-management, problem-solving, and working with others Walsall Works will stimulate sustainable employment within local businesses and support young people into work.

The employer will offer the young apprentice a minimum employment contract of 35 hours per week for at least 12 months and adhere to the agreed minimum hourly rates. They will also commit to employing the young apprentice for the full duration of the apprenticeship which could last from 1 year to 4 years. The incentives will be reduced by £1500 to employers who are eligible to claim the National Apprenticeship Service AGE grant. Flexibility is a key component to the success of the scheme.

For more information please contact us:
Call: 01922 654353
Email: walsallworks@walsall.gov.uk
Website: www.walsall.gov.uk/walsall_works

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