The Black Country Skills Factory is an employer-led education and training collaboration being coordinated by Black Country Consortium Ltd with funding via the Skills Funding Agency.
This project aims to address the current shortfall of skills in the Black Country and increase the pipeline of suitably skilled staff to respond to the growth of the sector. It will be the first place for skills provision through brokerage for training and support to training providers to articulate their services, aligning them with the needs of relevant stakeholders as well as meeting general "best practice” standards.
The aspiration is to change fundamentally the relationship between employers and education training providers, to develop a networked approach to skills delivery that is needs driven by industrial demand for skills. At the heart of this aspiration is the belief that the best way to ensure that the economy has the trained talent it requires is to create a broad-based partnership, which gets the best from both employers and education/training providers.
Training and education courses will be co-developed and co-delivered using shared facilities and industrial trainers. The result will be individuals with the appropriate skills and aspirations to meet current and future needs of a highly technical industry. It will enable the region to take advantage of current growth opportunities in the five transformational sectors and "future-proof” the skills base of a workforce faced with high levels of retirement of experienced workers within the next decade.