At DMR we’re continuing to strengthen our ties with the region’s Rugby League teams after signing up a new apprentice with Warrington Wolves.
Wolves approached DMR in May looking to enrol Caleb, a young member of their maintenance team, onto an apprenticeship.
Along with getting Caleb onto the new City & Guilds Property Maintenance apprenticeship, Wolves also required help accessing their apprenticeship levy contributions. Introduced by the government on the 1st May 2017, the apprenticeship levy is a mandatory monthly payment made by UK businesses over a certain size that goes towards funding future apprenticeship delivery.
Wolves approached DMR at the right time. We recently became a member of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) meaning we’re able to draw funding directly from the levy to deliver apprenticeship training and assessment for businesses in England. Previously only big colleges and large training providers had direct access to government apprenticeship funding. Now specialist training firms like DMR can bypass the larger contract-holders and deliver apprenticeships directly to employers with greater flexibility and efficiency.
“After our successful entry onto RoATP we were keen to start working with levy paying employers” says DMR Managing Director, Dave Radley. “I’m particularly excited that one of our first levy paying employers is Warrington as I’m very passionate about Rugby League and to be involved with a club like Warrington Wolves is a real honour. I have seen first-hand how beneficial vocational training outside the game can be and this goes to show that it isn’t just the players than can participate in training. We are now hoping that this will provide a breakthrough into stronger links between us as a training provider and more sports clubs. The new apprenticeship standards signal big changes in the sector and we are very keen to continue to provide quality training and advice for employers moving into the new funding structure”.
In keeping with our commitment to support the local Rugby League community, DMR is delighted to be contributing to the success of a major club like Warrington Wolves. We’ve shown our support in the past by building partnerships with local amateur clubs and providing them with sponsorship. And now we’re proud to be working with one of the biggest names in the professional game.
Statement from Warrington Wolves:
Here at the Warrington Wolves, we are keen to continually develop our staff, and we wholly support the apprenticeship scheme.
Caleb is a keen individual who is willing to learn more about the role of a Maintenance Operations Assistant, and to be able to receive formal training alongside ‘on-the-job’ working is not only important to him and the Club but is also tremendously beneficial for both parties. We are extremely confident that by the end of the apprenticeship, Caleb will be of even greater value within our team here at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
When deciding which apprenticeship would be most appropriate, as well as trying to understand how the levy would work, DMR were invaluable with their knowledge and advice. DMR have been utterly supportive throughout the setting-up process, and were easily contactable and available at all times to assist with our queries.
Paying into the levy each month means that we have an allocation of money readily available to meet our training costs, including on-going and final assessments. Access to the online account has been made simple with the guidance from DMR, and allows us convenient access to our income and outgoings.
We are thrilled to be working with a training provider who has first-hand knowledge in the Rugby League business and we are looking forward to developing our relationship.
For more information about maintenance and construction apprenticeships, the apprenticeship levy and apprenticeship training grants, send us a message via our online contact form or call us on 01942 673047.