About Us

The Black Country Skills Factory is a Local Enterprise Partnership initiative aimed at addressing skills shortages in the five transformational sectors in the Black Country. These are:-

  •  Advance Manufacturing (HVM) including Food and Drink
  • Transport technologies, including Aerospace
  • Construction, including Building Technologies
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Business Services

The Skills Factory concept builds on the Black Country’s long tradition of engineering and manufacturing excellence.

Free impartial advice
The Skills Factory team have a detailed understanding of training provisions across all sectors in the Black Country and can offer employers impartial and independent advice on up-skilling training courses, apprenticeships and available funding opportunities. 

Course brokerage
The Skills Factory is not a training provider. We have worked in conjunction with local colleges and training providers to develop a programme of bite-size courses that are employer-led.

School’s engagement

The Skills Factory will also be managing the roll out of the new Careers & Enterprise Company programme where we’ll be co-ordinating a network of volunteer business advisers through schools across the Black Country to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and employment, ensuring young people get the right careers advice.

The following film showcases the work of the Skills Factory during the pilot phase of the project (2013-2015) and highlights its contribution to the main strands of the project: