Taking on an apprentice is a great way to expand your workforce and fill business gaps whilst receiving funding from the government to help support your organisational costs.


Last year, the government announced the Plan for Jobs which was aimed at kickstarting the nation’s economic recovery. As part of this, an incentive payment was announced for apprenticeships due to the benefit they bring to businesses and the wider economy. This incentive, due to end on 31 March 2021 has been extended to 30 September 2021 with an increase of £3000 for each eligible apprentice.


The new funding means:

  • £4,000 if your apprentice is aged 16 -18 yrs on the day of their enrolment (£3,000 of additional money in addition to the £1,000 already in place).
  • £3,000 for all new apprentices aged 19+
  • There isn’t a limit on the number of apprentices you take on or the number of incentives you receive

We are experts in recruiting apprentices across the West Midlands and provide a free recruitment service.

Sandwell College has excellent links to industry, and our learners benefit from industry experts linked to each of our specialist areas through employer boards.

Companies and organisations we work with include Jaguar Land Rover, Sandwell Council, Sandwell Hospital, The Rep Theatre, Creative Black Country, West Bromwich Albion and many more.

We are part of the Black Country Careers Hub which works with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to ensure our students are ready to take their place in the world of work.

Every year the College hosts the Sandwell Business Awards where we celebrate the borough’s best business talent and innovation.

Call our Business Development team now on 0121 667 5018 or email [email protected] for more details on what we can offer Employers.

Recruit An Apprentice

The relationship between you and your apprenticeship training provider is important. You need to trust that we are delivering you the right talent and the right results, to make us your number one choice.

Here at Gateway 2 Employment, Sandwell College’s employer services and recruitment arm, we take all the hard work away and work hard to deliver you the perfect fit and skills required for your business.

So that’s why we’ll visit your offices and meet your key stakeholders to really understand the culture of your organisation.

That’s why we’ll be focused and supportive throughout the whole process, to exceed your expectations and to support your wider business strategy. And that is why you can reach out to us time and time again.

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Short Courses

Sandwell College is committed to providing short courses of the highest standard. We have a passion for learning and developing people and their skills, to meet the challenges facing industry and the health/care sectors.

From health and safety training to business management, we’re bound to have a course to suit you, so you can afford to stay ahead of the competition and keep your staff up to date.

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Work Placements

Placements are totally flexible so you could offer a block placement or one day per week if that suits better. You can task a student with a specific role or responsibility within your business, or give them a variety of different tasks in a supportive role, depending on your own specific needs. The college will make sure the placement runs smoothly by preparing the student with the skills needed to be successful, and acting as a conduit between you and the student.

You’ll be provided with financial support for things like additional insurance costs and resources such as work clothing or desk space – up to the value of £750. You’ll have access to a fully funded talent pool of employees, reducing recruitment costs and employing your workforce cost-effectively.

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