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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.
22/04/2015
Are you an employer funding employees through their professional development and funding qualifications such as AAT, HNC, CIM (etc)? Did you know you may be better off doing this as part of a higher apprenticeship? There is currently enhanced funding available for Black Country higher...
30/03/2015
The Black Country Skills Factory will begin their programme of 12 bite-sized and accredited leadership and management courses, with Basic Employment Law on Wednesday 15 April. The one-day course will be delivered at leading UK manufacturer, Thomas Dudley Ltd and provide an opportunity for delegates...
13/03/2015
The Black Country Skills Factory is launching a programme of 12 bespoke bite-sized and accredited leadership and management courses which aim to up-skill the operational leaders of manufacturing supply chain companies (i.e. supervisors and managers).
25/02/2015
The Black Country Skills Factory, part of the Black Country LEP, is leading the way in supporting employers to understand and support apprenticeships through delivering targeted advice sessions, the first to be delivered in central England in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service’s...
25/02/2015
Black Country high value manufacturing (HVM) companies can benefit from subsidised training support through the Black Country Skills Factory and bite-size courses taking place in March and April 2015 (subject to availability).
29/01/2015
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £24m invested in the Black Country between 2016 and 2021.
26/01/2015
Black Country high value manufacturing (HVM) companies can benefit from subsidised training support through bite-size courses taking place in February 2015 (subject to availability).
15/01/2015
The Black Country Skills Factory is supporting its 100th Apprentice through its innovative programme of investment in skills across the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector since July 2013. Nick Fletcher, aged 18 years, is currently undertaking his apprenticeship as an Apprentice Turner at J...
09/01/2015
2015 breakfast meetings aimed at helping businesses take full advantage of apprenticeships and gain impartial information and advice in the Black Country.
07/01/2015
The Black Country Skills Factory has launched a fourth programme of bite-size courses to be delivered from January to late April 2015.
05/12/2014
The Black Country Skills Factory has secured funding of £105k from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) through their UK Futures Programme - Management and Leadership in Supply Chains and networked organisations. With match funding from employers the total project value is £166k. The...
04/12/2014
The government announced it will allocate a further £1billion from the local growth fund for a second wave of growth deals as a national competition. The Black Country LEP and partners have developed a project pipeline for this round, but the LEP is always interested in new private sector led...
03/12/2014
On 7 November 2014, Council leaders from the four Black Country councils and Birmingham announced an agreement in principle to work as a Combined Authority.
02/12/2014
The Black Country Skills Factory unexpectedly has places remaining on select courses taking place during December 2014.

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