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Freedom of Information

Published on 18 August 2021

Ref: FOI/21092 


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. 


What is the annual Apprenticeship Levy? 


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 


How much Levy do you currently use? 


WMFS used £3905.61 of the Levy in July 2021. 

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


How many Apprentices do you currently have? 


WMFS currently has 30 apprentices. 


What training providers do you use? 


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 


What Apprenticeship standards do you use? 


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 


How many IT Apprentices do you have? 


WMFS currently has 0 IT apprentices.  


Who is the best contact for Apprentices? 


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    

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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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