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25/11/2015
To celebrate the diversity and strength of business in the Black Country, and the success stories we are proud of, we are launching a social media campaign in the run up to Christmas to highlight the achievements of Black Country businesses, people and initiatives.
18/11/2015
Due to unprecedented demand, the Black Country Skills Factory has confirmed an additional date for the accredited leadership and management course, Material Planning & Production Control, taking place at Castings PLC on Wednesday 20 January 2016.
11/11/2015
With the recent news around the administration of The Caparo Group, the Black Country Growth Hub can assist businesses that supply to or buy from its companies, with accessing finance and those looking to invest in assets that become available through the administration process.
23/10/2015
Following the launch of the national Careers & Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Programme earlier this month, the Black Country LEP is calling for senior level business volunteers to help roll out the initiative across secondary schools across the Black Country.
16/10/2015
The Black Country Skills Factory has spaces remaining on the accredited leadership and management course, Basic Employment Law, taking place next week: Friday 23 October – book now to avoid disappointment.
16/10/2015
On Friday 9 October 2015, the Black Country LEP was awarded the first Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Recognition Award at the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) 4th Annual Local Authority Small Business Friendly Awards. The LEP Recognition Award was incorporated for the first time to...
02/10/2015
Due to unprecedented demand, the Black Country Skills Factory has confirmed an additional date for the accredited leadership and management course, Basic Employment Law, taking place at the National Metal Forming Centre on Friday 23 October.
02/10/2015
The Black Country LEP is working with The Careers & Enterprise Company to roll out a new national initiative, a network of Enterprise Advisors across the Black Country. The Careers & Enterprise Company has invested £100k, with equivalent match funding offered through the LEP and affiliated...
01/09/2015
The Black Country Skills Factory has launched a new programme of bite-size courses for Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 for high value manufacturing (HVM) companies in the Black Country.
11/08/2015
In April this year, the Black Country Skills Factory launched a programme of 12 innovative bite-sized and accredited leadership and management courses to address the lack of operational management and leadership skills in Black Country manufacturing supply chain SMEs.
08/06/2015
There is availability on a number of Black Country Skills Factory bite-size courses taking place over the next few months, including: Hydraulic and Pneumatic courses, management and leadership courses and technical bite-size engineering courses taking place from September 2015.
03/06/2015
The Black Country Skills Factory has once again joined forces with the University of Wolverhampton to sponsor Scifest 2015 and showcase High Value Manufacturing (HVM) to budding young engineers and their parents.
06/05/2015
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) and Black Country Skills Factory are joining forces with the Skills Funding Agency to highlight the business benefits of higher apprenticeships and signpost employers to additional funding at a breakfast event on 20 May 2015 at the Village Hotel...
30/04/2015
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) and Black Country Skills Factory invite feedback on the preferred option for the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) endorsed by the BCLEP Board at its April 2015 meeting.
24/04/2015
12 delegates successfully completed their first Black Country Skills Factory leadership and management course, Basic Employment Law, and will receive accreditation from Open College Network West Midlands.

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