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Walsall Works is a multi-million financial investment by Walsall Council. It symbolises our vision of creating the conditions for sustainable employment growth within our Walsall based businesses.

It aims to raise the ambition and aspiration of our young residents. In doing so, it will reduce the number of young people who are not in education, training or employment. Walsall Works will unlock new jobs within micro, small and medium sized enterprises with a focus on those opportunities within the growth sectors of:

  • Niche and high value Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Building and Environmental Technologies
  • Construction
  • Financial, Professional and Business Services
  • Creative and Digital Services
  • Health and Social Care
  • Logistics

Employers will be offered an incentive payment to recruit a young people as an apprentice;

  • £3,000 for employers taking on a young person aged 16 or 17 at a rate of £3.00 per hour
  • £4,500 for employers taking on a young person aged 18 to 20 at a rate of £4.98 per hour
  • £6,000 for employers taking on a young person aged 21 to 24 at a rate of £6.19 per hour

The employer will offer the young apprentice a minimum employment contract of 35 hours per week for at least 12 months and adhere to the agreed minimum hourly rates. They will also commit to employing the young apprentice for the full duration of the apprenticeship which could last from 1 year to 4 years. The incentives will be reduced by £1500 to employers who are eligible to claim the National Apprenticeship Service AGE grant.  Flexibility is a key component to the success of the scheme.

We are offering young people the opportunity to access an apprenticeship.  These young apprentices will undertake work based training and obtain the skills designed to meet the needs of employers. The training will lead to a nationally recognised qualification.  All young apprentices will obtain learning in transferable skills such as communication, employability, time-management, problem-solving and working with others. In addition we are also offering 290 young people, who do not meet the entry requirements of a full apprenticeship, to access an incentive based pre-apprenticeship course.

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Email walsallworks@walsall.gov.uk

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This page was last updated on 11 April 2014