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Ref: FOI/21092 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request 

What is the annual Apprenticeship Levy? 

Reply 

The total Levy declared for the 2020/2021 Financial Year was £331,052.00 

The 10% top up for the 2021/2021 Financial Year was £33,031.66 

Request 

How much Levy do you currently use? 

Reply 

WMFS used £3905.61 of the Levy in July 2021. 

The total Levy used for the 2020/2021 Financial Year was £122,276.00 

Request 

How many Apprentices do you currently have? 

Reply 

WMFS currently has 30 apprentices. 

Request 

What training providers do you use? 

Reply 

Arden University Limited 

Birmingham Metropolitan College 

Coventry University 

Encompass Consultancy Limited 

Instep UK Limited 

Performance Through People 

South & City College Birmingham 

SR Supply Chain Consultants Limited 

Walsall College 

Request 

What Apprenticeship standards do you use? 

Reply 

Adult Care Worker, Level 2 

Assistant Accountant, Level 3 

Business Administrator, Level 2 

Business Administrator, Level 3 

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, Level 6 

Coaching Professional, Level 5 

Commercial Procurement and Supply, Level 4 

Customer Service Practitioner, Level 2 

Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician, Level 3 

Operations/Departmental Manager, Level 5 

Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, Level 7 

Team Leader/Supervisor, Level 3 

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: Auto Electrics/Mobile Electrics, Level 3 

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: Heavy Vehicle, Level 2 

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: Heavy Vehicle, Level 3 

Request 

How many IT Apprentices do you have? 

Reply 

WMFS currently has 0 IT apprentices.  

Request 

Who is the best contact for Apprentices? 

Reply 

With regards for the contact details of responsible persons, WMFS operates a single point of contact policy and callers are directed via HQ general contacts on 0330 058 9000. The call will be directed to the person with responsibility for the specific service. There is a direct email address for Apprenticeships email: Apprenticeships@wmfs.net    

Furthermore, guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office is as follows: 

  • The presumption is in favour of protecting privacy, so the release of personal information will only be fair if there is a genuine reason to disclose. This involves a three-stage test. A public authority will generally have to satisfy itself that: 
  • There is a legitimate interest in disclosure; 
  • The legitimate interest can only be met, or fully met, by the disclosure of information which identifies individuals (i.e. the disclosure is necessary to that purpose); and, the disclosure would not involve unwarranted detriment to the individual’s privacy or other rights and legitimate interests. 
  • You can find out more about FOI exemptions from the Information Commissioner’s Office. This will explain which one or more of the FOI exemptions applies, and tell you how to appeal if you disagree with our decision. 

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.  

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF. 

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