Business & Innovation: How WCG Helps Businesses with ApprenticeshipsPublished: Thursday, 6th February 2020
A leading college group is helping to dispel the myths around apprenticeships for businesses across the Midlands.
WCG is the largest college training provider for apprenticeships in the Midlands, training more than 2,500 apprentices each year and working with over 1,100 employers from large global organisations to small local businesses.
It delivers apprenticeships across a range of professions with its seven colleges across Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and boasts specialisms ranging from agriculture and horticulture to automotive engineering and dental nursing.
The college group will be hosting three mythbusting workshops this month for businesses to discover how apprenticeships could benefit them.
The business breakfast briefings will be taking place at three colleges at Evesham College (8.am-9.30am, January 24), Warwick Trident College (8am-9.30am, January 29) and Rugby College (8am-9.30am, January 30).
Mark Eden, Director of Work-Based Learning at WCG, said: “We are looking to address and correct any misinformation around apprenticeships for business.
“At WCG we work closely with businesses to ensure apprenticeships work for them by planning training programmes to meet business needs – as well as those of the individual.
“Businesses will have a dedicated account manager to keep them up-to-date with the progress of their apprentice and provide training in the classroom to support development in the workplace.
“WCG will also help to identify existing employees who may benefit from training, and advise on work-based qualifications for all staff – not just apprentices.”
A trailblazer training provider, WCG worked on the development and introduction of new Apprenticeship Standards with national giants like Jaguar Land Rover – making the college group one of the largest training providers for high-level apprenticeships.
The college group is now passing that extensive experience and understanding onto businesses, helping them to understand how they can best utilise apprenticeships to move their business forward and develop their workforces.
Apprentices with WCG have the opportunity in a number of professions to progress from Level 2 (Intermediate) right up to highly skilled Level 6 (Degree).
Rachel Layton was named Worcestershire Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year after completing her apprenticeship with Give as you Live through WCG.
She said: “They really helped me. They knew that I was passionate about helping other people so when they suggested I gain my work experience with Give as you Live, it was the perfect match.”.
Danielle Harris is apprenticeship mentor at Give as you Live, aligning all WCG apprentices with the core values of the fundraising platform and ensuring the best talent is selected for the business.
Danielle added: “WCG has been fantastic at helping with the recruitment processes, encouraging our apprentices to go above and beyond within their roles and mentoring them throughout their courses.
“The communication is great and they are always at the end of the phone if I need to check progress.
“The coaches at WCG have been instrumental in ensuring all of our apprentices succeed within their courses and keeping them motivated, honest and focused.”