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A leading Black Country training company has been officially recognised for the high quality of its work and the numbers of apprentices gaining full-time work.

BCTG has been ranked among the top organisations for employer satisfaction for its high standards in a recently-announced guide on the government-backed Skills Funding Agency comparison site.

In every aspect of quality of training 91 per cent of employers rated the Oldbury-based business as good or excellent – above the national average.

And figures show a higher than national average success rate for 16-18 and adult apprenticeships with 79 per cent getting Level 2, 79 per cent gaining Level 3 and 79 per cent gaining Level 4.

These results are higher than most local colleges, making apprenticeships the first choice for growing numbers of young people.

And its sister company The Apprenticeship Works, based in West Bromwich, has enjoyed an 87 per cent success rate in apprentices going into full-time employment following on from their apprenticeship in the last 12 months.

Lynne Jarvis, HR manager at Tipton based Black Country Manufacturing has taken on seven apprentices through The Apprenticeship Works – a mix of engineers and administration staff.

She said: “We have a strong partnership with The Apprenticeship Works because they take on board our specific requirements for the type of apprentice we want. They have in return helped to supply us with high calibre apprentices, two of which we have been fortunate to offer permanent employment within the company.”

NVQ qualifications are financed through The Apprenticeship Works via government grants, taking the pressure off businesses like Black Country Manufacturing.

Lynne Jarvis added: “As BCM is a small company, the opportunity for employees to gain a nationally-recognised qualification and improve their skills while working on the job has been excellent. All of which is at no cost to the company. The assessors who visit both the apprentices and those studying for NVQ qualifications visit our site on a regular basis offering support and guidance to the students.”

Chris Luty, BCTG director, said: “We are particularly delighted at the satisfaction survey carried out on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency which gives us a significantly higher score for employer satisfaction than many of our neighbouring Black Country colleges.

“Working with good employers to ensure our apprentices get the very best opportunity for training and then future employment is essential for us – something that is borne out at our sister business The Apprenticeship Works where 87 per cent of the young people we have helped have gone on from their apprenticeship into a permanent full-time job.”

ENDS

• BCTG works with a range of training organisations across the West Midlands delivering a range of publicly and privately funded training initiatives. It is based In Taylors Lane, Oldbury.

• BCTG works closely with a range of public and private organisations, including the Skills Funding Agency which support many of our activities.

• BCTG has four main aims:

1. Engaging with young people and adults to take up vocational learning
2. Working with employers to help develop the skills their business needs to succeed
3. To improve the quality of education and training delivered in the West Midlands
4. Building partnerships across all the stakeholders interested in improving education and training.

• BCTG offers a wide range of information, advice and training services to suit the needs of young people, schools and training providers and employers.

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