South and City College Birmingham is an approved supplier of Apprenticeships and is on the Governments Register of Approved Training Providers. We offer comprehensive and practical advice, guidance, recruitment and training service to meet all your Apprenticeship needs and help you gain real benefits from Apprenticeships in your business.

Apprenticeships provide a work-based training programme that has been developed by your sector. They are an effective way to either recruit or train new employees and to retrain and upskill your existing workforce. There are now Apprenticeships to cover most occupations starting at entry level and progressing to degree level and beyond.

Government support Apprenticeships by providing funding and a range of financial incentives all designed to encourage employers to become involved. Further information can be found here.

Did you know that apprenticeships can make a positive impact on your bottom line?

  • Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 per week;

  • 87% of employers said they were satisfied with their apprenticeship programme;

  • 76% of employers say that productivity has improved;

  • Employers report that Recruiting and Training costs are reduced.

  • Many business owners say taking on apprentices helps them compete for public contracts and improve their image, both within the industry and in the community 

  • Employers who have used Apprenticeships to upskill existing staff members have improved their skill base and seen improvements in Key Performance Indicators

Why South and City College?

  • We consistently meet the needs of our clients with a top quality recruitment and training service; and

  • 9/10 of employers said they were likely to recommend South & City College Birmingham

  • We have the expertise and knowledge to help you maximise your apprenticeship levy and/or the funding support available.

  • We have young people and adults registered with us who want an apprenticeship with great companies like yours.

Apprenticeship Levy – what does this mean to you?

  • Payable from 6 April 2017 by all employers with a pay bill in excess of £3 million.  It is charged at 0.5% and paid through PAYE on a monthly basis.
  • Employers have 24 months to use their levy to train new and existing employees as Apprentices and can access additional ‘top ups’ of 10% to their on-line accounts if they spend more.
  • If you’ve started to pay this tax, you’ll already be thinking about apprenticeships and how you recruit new apprentices and upskill your existing workforce with these funds.
  • You’ll be pleased to hear you do not have to do this thinking on your own – here at South and City College we have a team expert consultants ready to offer you the advice and guidance you need.

How will the Apprenticeship Levy affect smaller businesses?

  • Government funds 90% of Apprentice Training and Assessment Costs for businesses with a wage bill below £3 million
  • Organisations with less than 50 employees who take on an Apprentice aged between 16 and 18 years old will not be required to make any financial contribution towards the cost of their training and assessment.
  • There is also a £1,000 cash incentive for taking on a 16-18 Apprentice and for 19-24-year-olds who meet eligibility conditions.
  • National Insurance Exemptions are available for apprentices under 25 who are not paying higher level tax.