Recruitment and training
When you are ready to add new people to your workforce, Think Sandwell’s Employment Team provides a complete package of free, personal, local support to guide you through the entire recruitment process.
Our service to you is bespoke and managed through a dedicated member of staff. We will discuss your specific requirements with you and will assist in the preparation of job descriptions, vacancy advertisements and interviews.
Assisting first-time employers
There is a lot to think about when employing staff for the first time. The Employment Team is on hand to help first-time employers make sure they have all the necessary details in place before taking on an employee.
Think Sandwell is passionate about apprenticeships. They give young people a boost in their early careers, and help to upskill businesses. That’s why we offer expert advice and support all the way through the apprenticeship process, as well as funding for certain placements. We’ll even take care of the paperwork for you. Employing an apprentice is very cost effective and various grants are available to apply for. We will work with you and the young person throughout the apprenticeship to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
If you would like more information about the services the Employment Team offer please get in touch either by email email@example.com or telephone: 0121 569 2099.
Black Country Skills Factory
The Black Country Skills Factory is a Local Enterprise Partnership initiative aimed at addressing skills shortages in the five transformational sectors in the Black Country.
* Advanced manufacturing (also known as High Value Manufacturing – HVM) including food and drink
* Transport technologies, including aerospace
* Construction, including building technologies
* Environmental technologies
* Business services.
The Skills Factory team has a detailed understanding of training provisions across all sectors in the Black Country and can offer employers impartial, independent advice on up-skilling training courses, apprenticeships and available funding opportunities. Although it is not a training provider, the team works in conjunction with such organisations, as well as local colleges, to develop bite-size courses that are employer-led.Visit the Black Country Skills Factory website to see what’s available to your business: www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk.
The Black Country Skills Factory also continues to work with The Careers & Enterprise Company to roll out this national initiative – a network of Enterprise Advisers across the Black Country.
Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from the world of work who work directly with school and college leaders to bridge the gap between the worlds of work and employment.
The Enterprise Adviser network aims to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.
The Black Country Skills Factory aims to link all Black Country secondary schools with an Enterprise Adviser working in partnership with Wolverhampton LA and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce across the Black Country, and has 4 Coordinators to support the School and Enterprise Advisers.
To find out how you and your business can get involved in this exciting and important initiative check out their website – https://www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk/schools/careers-enterprise-company-enterprise-adviser-programme/
Skills Support for the Workforce: Black Country region
Delivered by Calderdale College in West Yorkshire and working through a network of locally based training providers, Skills Support for the Workforce offers fully funded training (see http://ssw.fundingunit.org.uk/areas/black-country/) to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth. Over £10m is available for SMEs in the Black Country to access training, or develop and implement bespoke training programmes to help their companies prosper.
Page last reviewed in January2019.