24 Jan 2017
Black Country Skills Factory awarded funding to continue supporting businesses to address skills shortages
The Black Country Skills Factory have
secured £533,672 from the European Social Fund with opt in matched funding from
the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The
funding will enable the Skills Factory to continue improving the labour market
relevance of education and training across the Black Country by supporting
employers in upskilling their workforce.
The project will support the
Skills Factory to help address skills shortages in the Black Country LEP’s 5
transformational sectors (Advanced Manufacturing, Transport Technologies,
Building Technologies, Environmental Technologies & Business Services).
The Skills Factory will design and
develop education and training programmes to meet employer needs, helping
individuals to gain the skills and qualifications relevant to the sectors in
which they are employed. In delivering
these programmes the Skills Factory will ensure employers have access to a
skilled labour force.
Building on the experience and networks developed through
the Black Country Skills Factory model developed from 2013, the project will
deliver the following four strands:
Factory Brand: establish a Skills Factory as a first point of contact in
the region for skills development in growth sectors. The Skills Factory team is
based in the Black Country and will engage with employers to develop solutions
and offer impartial advice to help address their up-skilling needs.
The Skills Factory will provide the brokerage of bite-sized training courses in
specific skills gap areas to meet employers’ needs so as to increase the
pipeline of suitable skilled staff for the growth sectors. A range of courses
will be delivered across these sectors as well as brokerage of bespoke training
to meet specific business needs.
The Skills Factory will increase the take up of apprenticeships and progression
onto high level qualifications in the Skills Factory sector(s) for both young
people engaged through educational establishments and existing SME workforce.
Engagement: The Skills Factory will encourage young people to understand
and engage in the growth sector(s) by targeting schools, further/higher
education, teachers, parents and pupils providing expert career advice and
Stewart Towe, Black Country LEP
Chair said: "This funding is great
news for the Black Country Skills Factory and will enable it to continue to make
education and training provision more responsive to the needs of the economy,
so that employers’ skills needs are more quickly and more effectively met, and
individuals receive better designed skills provision which equips them for the
world of work.”
project which will run until July 2018.
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