Training and Development

The commercial world is changing fast and it is opening up a skills gap that is hurting UK business. It is why there is a wide range of support available to businesses in the Black Country that recognise the need to help their management teams and employees gain valuable new skills.

There is a wide network of training providers offering a variety of training programmes to Black Country businesses and individuals, including the University of Wolverhampton, numerous colleges and individual coaches, all ready to help support your business.

There are also providers offering leadership and management training to help fast-growing businesses manage change more effectively and prepare the future leaders of the business.

The Black Country Growth Hub’s experienced business support officers are waiting to explain all the support that’s available to you and your business. We really do want you to succeed, grow your business, create jobs and increase the economic strength of the region, so please get in touch today and put us to the test.

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Black Country Skills Factory

The Black Country Skills Factory offers free, bite-sized courses to businesses on a range of topics

Working closely with local training providers and colleges they have developed an extensive portfolio, from Health & Safety and Solid Works to Team Leader Training and Pumping Fundamentals.

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Skills Support for the Workforce

If your employees require more in-depth training, fully funded support is available to Black Country SMEs through the Skills Support for the Workforce project.

They will work with you to identify skills gaps in your business and recommend tailored training plans which will give your workforce the skills needed for your business to flourish and grow. And it’s all free, not just the advice, but the training too.

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The Apprenticeship Hub

The Apprenticeship Hub is a one-stop destination for employers, parents, and apprentices.

Drop in today or book an appointment to find out more about how an Apprenticeship could benefit you or your business.

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Skills Support for Redundancy

Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) is an EU-funded initiative designed to support individuals affected by redundancy.

SSR provides free training courses for employees facing redundancy or to those that are redundant to help them gain new skills, rebuild their careers and even start their own business.

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Advice, support and training available to residents affected by news about Carillion

Information aimed at supporting those at risk of redundancy in the Carillion supply chain in the Black Country - or are currently an Apprentice with Carillion.

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Space Placement in INdustry (SPIN) scheme

The UK Space Agency is offering grants of up to £3,000 for organisations to take on graduate or postgraduate students for work placements in the space industry.

The aim of the scheme is to fulfill the skills and careers objectives of the UK Space Agency education programme, as set out in its Education, Skills and Outreach Strategy.

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Jobcentre Plus help for recruiters

Jobcentre Plus has a range of recruitment services that can help you as an employer. You could get recruitment advice, help setting up work trials to try out potential recruits or help through the Work Choice programme.

Support from other employment schemes is also available, including Work Clubs and help with work experience.

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Aston Programme for Small Business Growth

Develop your leadership skills and build a targeted growth strategy for your own business in the company of other ambitious business leaders.

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth aims to support SMEs to grow by increasing their turnover and creating jobs within the midlands.

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innovate2succeed (I2S)

innovate2succeed is an innovation management support programme designed to scale up your company. Innovation is one of the driving forces behind all ambitious businesses, helping them expand and succeed.


But bringing ground breaking ideas to market, attracting investment, embracing international opportunities and scaling up can be challenging. innovate2succeed helps you nurture innovation more effectively, rapidly commercialise concepts and grow your bottom line.

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Strategic Leadership Programme Cohort 3

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is running an exclusive programme to develop the leadership and management skills of CEO’s, MD’s and Senior Managers.


This course is aimed at supporting business growth and inspiring leaders throughout the region. As managers and leaders, it is key to invest in your own development.

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education and business support services.

The programme has reached business from across the UK and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for the alumni of the programme.


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Mentorsme

mentorsme.co.uk is Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services.


The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. An easy-to-use search engine allows businesses to refine their searches according to the life stage of their business and their location in Britain.

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Business in the Community

Business in the Community offers learning experiences across a number of areas, including accredited courses, workshops, peer learning and research and insight for self-directed learning.

Through Business in the Community's Ready for Work programme, businesses support disadvantaged groups to gain and sustain employment, making a long-term difference to many people's lives.

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Be the Business

Be the Business is a movement for people who want to make their businesses better.

It aims to inform, educate and collaborate with the businesses of Britain to restore us to the forefront of business performance worldwide.

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Disability Confident employer scheme

Disability Confident is a scheme that is designed to help you recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent.

Access guidance and resources about employing disabled people and how the Disability Confident employer scheme can help your business.

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