Businesses, employers and training companies from across the region were given advice on the apprenticeship levy. They took part in a workshop hosted by a Midlands recruitment agency.
MNA Recruitment welcomed 23 representatives to its head offices in Wolverhampton on Tuesday 13 February.
The workshop was led by Lynsey Flynn of WELL Training, partners of MNA Recruitment. She explained how businesses can get the most out of the apprenticeship levy.
Lynsey talked the guests through how they can develop their staff and use the Government levy to put money back into their business.
The guests were also given an introduction talk by director of MNA Recruitment services Lee Smith. There was an opportunity to network, followed by refreshments.
MNA workshop is ‘informative’
Paul Andrews from PDM Produce, who attended the workshop, said: “The workshop was really useful and informative.
“The information given was incredibly valuable. It painted a clear picture about the apprenticeship levy for businesses.”
Lorraine Dye, from Free Radio, said: “Free Radio is a media partner with MNA Recruitment.
“The workshop was a great exercise to see what apprenticeships are all about and how they can benefit companies. I now have a better understanding and this has opened my eyes to how the levy works.”
Following the workshop visitors were given a tour of the Express & Star newsroom, led by political editor Peter Madeley.
They were able to see the news and sports teams in operation as they prepared the latest stories for the newspaper and websites.
The guests were also shown around the MNA Digital operation before they had the chance to network with lunch in the Express & Star boardroom.
MNA Communications Executive Rebecca Heyes said: “The event was really successful. It was great to see so many people engaged in the workshop.
“Many of our guests asked questions and joined in with the discussions. The feedback we were given showed that everyone found the information extremely helpful.”