How apprenticeships can benefit businesses and improve skills across the city were up for discussion at a dinner hosted by City for Wolverhampton College last night.  

Representatives from local organisations got together at the college’s Academy restaurant on Tuesday, January 24, to learn more about the national apprenticeship scheme and the new government levy which will enable them to fund more apprentices.

They heard about the levy and the opportunities it provides for businesses from Mark Hayes, partner at THINK Ltd, and enjoyed a three-course meal cooked and served by students studying for hospitality and catering qualifications.

They were joined at the event by Andy Street, CBE, Conservative party candidate for Mayor of the West Midlands, and representatives from Wolverhampton City Council, the Black Country Consortium and University of Wolverhampton. 

Guests also got the chance to talk to current apprentices about their experiences of the scheme and how it is benefiting them and their employers.

Claire Boliver, principal of the college, said: “The apprenticeship levy is a major change in skills funding and an opportunity for businesses to improve productivity by employing apprentices who will combine working for their organisations with studying for their qualifications at college.

“The dinner was a chance for our guests to find out more about the benefits of the scheme and for us to share how partners are working together to support the growth in skills across the city.”

For details of current apprenticeship vacancies on offer at the college call 01902 836000 or visit

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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