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18 May 2017

Over 80 Fully Funded Bite-Sized Courses to upskill Your workforce

The next phase of bite-sized courses for May and June have just been announced with a range of NEW courses and additional dates of current courses. There are now over 80 courses to help up-skill your workforce including some that will be running on evenings and weekends.

NEW courses include:-

  • Team Leader Training - Across 6 bite-sized modules, including motivating your team, effective team working and communication skills 
  • Health and Safety - Including risk assessing in engineering, manual handling, safe use of lifting equipment
  • Microsoft Excel - New courses on graphs and formulas and a repeat of our popular Excel courses to help with filtering and the power of the lookup 
  • Office Skills/Personal Development - Introductory courses on marketing, recruitment and equality/diversity

Other courses include Autocad, Welding, Manufacturing Quality Control, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, Electrics/Electronics, Laser Cutting, Inspection & Testing and more

These bite sized courses of 2-3 hours, are fully funded by the European Social Fund at no charge to you or your business.

To view the entire program of courses, click here.

Booking is easy, simply click the course heading to find out more. 


Courses available from the Black Country Skills Factory :-

Team Leader Training
Learn how to motivate your team, improve your communication skills, deal with conflict and work with diversity

Health and Safety
Upskill your workforce with a manual handling course, the safe use of lifting equipment, risk assessing in engineering and the lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations (LOLER) in an engineering environment

including the user interface, style commands, transformation command and using solid modelling

Application of LEAN courses
including dealing with 8 wastes, Kaizen and visual management and new in depth topics on Leading LEAN teams, 8D/problem solving, effective action planning and more

Manufacturing Quality Control
Upskill your workforce with Control Plans, Advanced Product Quality Planning, Measurement Systems Analysis and more

Microsoft Excel
including filtering and sorting, the power of lookup and pivot tables

Upskill your welding process in MIG, TIG and MMA. Also includes positional welding techniques and Aluminium welding

Pneumatics and Hydraulics
Courses designed to understand the safety, pressure and flow of hydraulic systems. Also build, test and maintenance techniques for basic hydraulic systems

Building Technology and Technical Construction
Brand new topics covering Central Heating Design Calculations, Central Heating Wiring and an introduction to Renewables - Combined Power and Water supply

Office Skills
Courses designed to help you improve your telephone techniques, your minute taking skills and also a course on an introduction to marketing

Personal Development Skills
Bite sized courses on equality and diversity, time management and recruitment and legislation

Motor Vehicles
Bite sized courses on car maintenance including an introduction to F-Gas (air conditioning), Welding motor vehicles, Removal and refit of tyres, exhausts, CAM belts and more

Inspection and Testing
A new topic on NDT testing including and introduction course, the dye pen and magnetic partial

Electrics and Electronics
An introduction and further course on programmable Logic Controllers

Machinery and Cutting
Two brand new courses on Laser cutting and CAM programmes


Benefits to you

  • Fully funded at no cost to you
  • Minimal time away from your business
  • Focussed bite-sized courses
  • Suitable for any business size
  • You select the training you require

To be eligible you simply have to be based in the Black Country and be in one of our five transformational sectors

  • Advanced Manufacturing (HVM) including food and drink
  • Transport technologies, including aerospace
  • Construction including building and technologies
  • Environmental technologies
  • Business services

If you need any further information, please email 

If you can't find a course suitable for you then please get in touch to register your interest as this course schedule will be updated on a regular basis. Click here to register for updates.

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