Sandwell Council House reception will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 21 May

The main reception at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 21 May due to Annual Council. The reception will re-open as normal at 9am on Wednesday 22 May. Access council services online →

Taking on apprentices and employing young people

Are you a business interested in taking on an apprentice or employing staff?

The council's Employment and Skills team- Think Sandwell can provide a complete package of tailored support to guide you through the entire recruitment process at no cost to your company.

We will discuss your specific requirements with you and will assist in the preparation of job descriptions, vacancy advertisements and interviews.

Assisting first-time employers
There is a lot to think about when employing staff for the first time. Think Sandwell are on hand to help first-time employers make sure they have all the necessary details in place before taking on an employee.

The council may also be able to fund up to half of a young person’s wages for the first 12 months through the Sandwell Guarantee funding scheme

If you want to employ a young person or take on an apprentice using this funding then the position you offer them must:

  • Be a new post - not replacing existing posts or staff
  • Last for a minimum of 12 months
  • Be an apprenticeship or, where there is no apprenticeship qualification suitable, offer training and development
  • Meet National Minimum Wage requirements
  • Be based at a business or organisation in Sandwell (or within reasonable travelling distance from Sandwell)

Think Sandwell will help you every step of the way through the recruitment process. We’ll find a suitable young person, interested in your area of business.

Eligibility criteria applies - please get in touch for details

We’ll also give ongoing mentoring support for the young person at your place of work.

To get involved in the Sandwell Guarantee programme, you will be asked to sign a service level agreement that commits you to offering quality employment opportunities.

Interested? Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about taking on an apprentice or employing a young person through the Sandwell Guarantee, fill in the online form and we'll get back to you.

Register your interest

Alternatively, you can get in touch with our Think Sandwell team by emailing or call 0121 569 2099.