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A lack of appropriate skills, succession planning, an ageing workforce, changes in technology and a decline in apprenticeships are some of the challenges faced by employers in the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector in the Black Country. Up-skilling the existing workforce through training is the primary option for most companies looking to address these skills needs.

Although the Black Country Skills Factory does not deliver training directly; we work in collaboration with local training providers and colleges to offer an extensive portfolio of courses – some of which are brokered by us, as well as external courses that we sign-post to.

How to search and book onto courses

You can search for courses by:

• Provider using the course category drop-down menu above
• Keyword 
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Further course details will become available and you can register your interest in that course by either completing the enquiry form at the end of course information or contacting the provider directly (see course booking instructions).

If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can contact us via the form below or call 07944 268709.

The following film showcases the work of the Skills Factory to up-skill the existing workforce through bite-size courses:

Bite-size Technical Courses

The Skills Factory has engaged with HVM employers in the Black Country to identify specific training and skills requirements now and for the next five years.

We have worked with providers in the region to develop a number of employer-led bite-size training courses, focusing on a blend of technical and non-technical subjects, to address these issues.

Bite-size Management & Leadership Courses

New accredited leadership and management bite-sized training for manufacturing SMEs.

Helping employers up-skill operational leaders (supervisors/managers) in manufacturing supply chain SMEs.

• One-day modules focus on hard (practical management) & soft (leadership) skills
• Training to be held at leading Black Country manufacturing companies
• Course accreditation is being provided through Open College Network West Midlands
• Developed by Black Country employers & employer representative groups
Search new courses: select ‘Skills Factory courses’ under the course category drop-down menu.
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Where to find training in the Black Country

We are working in partnership with a number of external organisations within the HVM sector to support their existing engineering courses. These courses are listed on this site, however, if you cannot find what you’re looking for, or have a Bespoke Training need, get in touch as we can help source the training for you.

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