"I travelled from Poole, Dorset because this looked like a relevant course pitched at the right level and at the right cost. With the course being delivered at an engineering company and the opportunity to network with like-minded people working at a similar level in the same sector, is a real positive and unique element that attracted me to these courses.”

Richard Sims (Senior Production Engineer): Eurac Group, Dorset


"Training can be quite costly for companies. Through the Black Country Skills Factory, many companies can benefit from bite-sized training courses at a subsidised cost. The different levels of courses that are available mean that candidates do not need to take in too much information all in one go. The feedback I had from the team members that have attended courses was very good which confirms that we will continue using the Black Country Skills Factory for our future training needs”.

Eddie Raymond (Maintenance Manager): Metsec Plc, Oldbury


"All of the courses were beneficial. The structure of the courses were generally good, the colleges had more and varied resources, however the training provider being a smaller concern, were able to adapt the course to our needs. This proved extremely useful, and was used to great effect by the instructor who focused on areas where we needed to spend longer and move quickly through areas that we had experience on. I think the concept of bite sized courses focusing on particular fields is a great idea for industry".

Robert Clark (Electrician): HS Marston Aerospace Limited, Wolverhampton


"We had been unable to find a credible training provider for our requirements. The Skills Factory sourced exactly the metallurgy training we needed. The subsidies really helped to make this affordable for a small business”.

John York (QHSE Manager)BST Supplies Ltd, Wolverhampton

"The feedback from those that attended the Skills Factory training was very good – we will be using these courses as part of our major up-skill programme”.

George Andrews (Deputy MD): NES Ltd, Wolverhampton

"Skills shortages are my biggest barrier to growth. If I could double my skills base tomorrow I could treble my turnover. We need to differentiate between skills and qualifications. We need more bite-sized courses. If an employee goes to college for a week and comes away on Friday able to weld a damn sight better, but without a piece of paper, I'd pay for that. We need those short, sharp courses”. Read more.

Vicki Wilkes (Managing Director): Phoenix Calibration & Services Ltd, Brierley Hill

 What course delegates said:

"The course was very enjoyable, a lot of practical work which is what I needed to pick up”.

"Course was delivered very well, all equipment was useful, tutors had whole variety of knowledge/teaching skill”.

"I will have a better understanding when explaining in the workplace”.

"Very good course learnt more than expected”.

"The course was very educating and helped my knowledge”.

"The trainer was able to change the ways of explaining pneumatics so that I could understand”.

"Full satisfaction with the course it exceeded my expectations”.