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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Take On An Apprentice

We all know the obvious benefits of work placements for students. They get to realise their aspirations and start to climb the career ladder.

But what are the benefits for you as an employer? What’s in it for you?

Here we give you the Top 5 reasons why it makes good business sense for you to offer a work placement:

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Placements are totally flexible so you could offer a block placement or one day per week if that suits better.

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Task Students With A Specific Role or Responsibility

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.

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Smooth Process

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.

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Financial Support

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.

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Access to a Talented Pool of Employees

You’ll have access to a fully funded talent pool of employees, reducing recruitment costs and employing your workforce cost-effectively.

Sandwell College works with JLR, Sandwell Council, Sandwell Hospital, The REP Theatre, Creative Black Country, West Bromwich Albion Football Club and many more. We are part of the Black Country Careers Hub which works with the Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure our students are ready for the world of work.

We want to make an important contribution to the regional economy by working closely with businesses and organisations across the private and public sector to provide courses and apprenticeships highly relevant to today’s industries and services.

When work placements work out:

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Win-Win All Round

Head of Community Rail for London Midland, Faye Lambert, turned to the college Construction team when she needed vital assistance with a restoration project at Rolfe Street Station. Faye said: “The students have made a great job of the old station master’s office to turn it into an exhibition space for all our community work. It’s a win-win all round for the station and for everybody that’s involved.”

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Messages of Hope

International festival coordinator Bethany Kane collaborated with students Miles, Tyler and Zac for the Lost Generation IV exhibition in Multistory’s Blast! Festival of Photography, Talks & Walks. Photography students were also tasked with running Multistory’s pop-up portrait studio, showing a selection of digital narratives and taking pictures of members of the public who added messages of hope.

Keenia Dyer Williams receiving her results

Content & Coaching

Art, English & Media graduate Keenia managed social media and web content, and designed marketing graphics, festival merchandise and sponsorship documents during her placement at Flatpack Projects. She is now a Communications Officer at Bioregional after working in London as a Social Media & Content Marketer for a tech firm.

Mathematics student Myles completed a series of Pathways to Banking & Finance workshops, with coaching days and work experience placements at PwC and Deutsche Bank.

New AHT apprentice Thomas Embrey with Quality Director Steve Roberts

An Integral Part Of The Team

Engineering student Thomas Embrey impressed aluminium heat treatment specialists Alloy Heat Treatment (AHT) so much during his work placement, they offered him an apprenticeship. Thomas said: “I am really grateful for the opportunity and I hope to thank them by working hard and being dedicated to the company.”

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