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Black Country Skills Factory Launch New Courses to Address Skills Shortages

The Black Country Skills Factory are pleased to announce the launch of the first phase of fully funded bite sized training courses for 2017 under the new European Social Funded programme.

This programme will offer a wide range of fully funded bite sized training to meet Black Country Employers needs in key sectors.

Running through late March and April, these courses have been specifically designed to address the skills shortages across the Black Country and will be delivered by ‘best practice’ local providers. The first phase of courses are aimed at upskilling employees to meet the specific skills needs of their business and due to the unique way the courses are co-funded by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, they come at no cost to the employer.

The courses on offer include bite sized courses in Autocad, the application of LEAN, Microsoft Excel, automotive maintenance courses, welding, building technology and construction courses and a number of courses on pneumatics and hydraulics.

All of these courses will delivered by leading Black Country training providers and will all feature class room based learning as well as practical teaching.

The courses are open to any Black Country based employer and will support the Black Country Skills Factory’s aim of addressing the skills shortages in the Black Country LEP’s 5 transformational sectors (Advanced Manufacturing, Transport Technologies, Building Technologies, Environmental Technologies & Business Services). 

Colin Parker, Skills Factory Director said: “We’ve listened to the local business community and have worked hard to put together a series of bite size courses to address the Skills needs of the Black Country. Each course will enable the individuals to go back to their workplace and will help them make a real difference.

“Here at the Black Country Skills Factory, we understand that a big part of addressing the skills gap is affordability and since these courses are fully funded, the only investment we require is time.

“Places on these courses are limited so I would advise anyone to book on sooner rather than later.”

The Black Country Skills Factory is looking for employers suggestions to help generate the menu for subsequent phases of courses and would ask employers to register interest for future courses at

To see the individual lesson plans and to book your place, please visit or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further courses will be released throughout 2017. Follow @bcskillsfactory on Twitter to keep up to date with the schedule.

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