Businesses are briefed on new apprenticeship changes

Businesses are briefed on new apprenticeship changes

Beej Kaczmarczyk is pictured, left, with the mayor of Telford & Wrekin, Councillor Rae Evans, and TCAT dup Denise Bishop and Peter Nangle

Around 70 people from the local business community attended a briefing at Telford College of Arts and Technology to gather information about important changes to the running of apprenticeships.

It was organised to explain how the funding of apprenticeship programmes across England is due to change this year with the introduction of the Government’s new apprenticeship levy.

The guest speaker was Beej Kaczmarczyk, director of Learning Curve Group, and well known in the further education sector for his expertise and knowledge, while guests included the mayor of Telford & Wrekin, Councillor Rae Evans.

Dale Kynaston, TCAT’s business development manager, said: “We have received some excellent feedback on the event.

“Delegates enjoyed a breakfast networking session before the briefing started, and were given the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions throughout the morning.

“Several attendees also took the opportunity of a tour around the college.”

TCAT is already working with a number of local companies to help identify internal development opportunities, recruit and train new team members, and ensure they get access to available funding.

Dale added: “Shropshire companies may be able to access Government support, even if they haven’t contributed to the Apprenticeship levy – and Beej explained how this works.”

Any companies seeking more information on the apprenticeship levy, and other changes in the sector, are invited to contact the TCAT team on 01952 642398 or email

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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