Training and recruitment

How do I expand or upskill my Sandwell team?

Investing in people is one of the most effective ways to nurture a thriving business. When you’re ready to grow your Sandwell organisation in terms of skills and/or size, the Think Sandwell Employment and Skills team is here to help. See below for other organisations that offer support with recruitment and training. 

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Work with the Think Sandwell Employment and Skills team

Get support with growing your team
Whether taking on staff for the first time or adding to your existing team, the Think Sandwell Employment and Skills team provides tailored support to guide you through the recruitment process at no cost to your business.

After we’ve talked through your specific needs, we can help you with preparing job descriptions, vacancy advertisements and even interviews.

We have many partnerships with employment and skills organisations, locally and nationally, so we always have the latest information to give you on schemes, programmes and incentives for employers.

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Make the most of the Kickstart Scheme
The government Kickstart Scheme is designed to give work experience to young people (aged sixteen to 24) while enabling businesses to benefit from their talent and their time. If you can provide a genuine work placement for a young person for six months, the government will fund:

* One hundred per cent of their wages (National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage depending on their age) for 25 hours per week
* Associated employer National Insurance contributions
* Minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions
* A grant of £1500 per job to cover setup costs and employability support.

Contact us via to learn more about the Kickstart Scheme in Sandwell.

Take on an apprentice
We are passionate about apprenticeships. They allow you to give someone a boost in their career while upskilling your organisation in a cost-effective way.

We provide expert support all the way through the apprenticeship process, offering you and your apprentice everything from guidance on suitable qualification routes to sourcing appropriate training provision. Various grants and incentives are available, so we can support you with applying for these.

Contact to talk about apprenticeships in Sandwell.

Nurture a diverse and inclusive workforce
Sandwell Council’s Specialist Employment Team offers support for employers who are employing people who may need additional support – including people with disabilities and health conditions.

Email to find out how we can help.

Find training and skills support for your team

Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
The Black Country LEP is always looking to raise the employability and education levels and skills of people in our region. Visit the Employers section of the Black Country LEP website to read about current support.

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL)
SAFL is the adult education department of Sandwell Council. Open to people aged 19+ who live in Sandwell or the West Midlands area, it offers both daytime and evening courses. SAFL also works with Sandwell businesses and employers to create bespoke training tailored to each individual business’ needs. Visit the website for more information.

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) in the Black Country
SSW is here to upskill people working in Black Country SMEs. It provides accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. You can find out more at the SSW website.

Use your skills to boost other people

The Careers & Enterprise Company
If you’re keen to encourage the next generation to join your industry, or give back to the Sandwell community, perhaps consider volunteering with the Careers & Enterprise Company? Whether you can give just an hour at a careers event, or become a fully trained Enterprise Adviser, there are several ways to pass on your skills and knowledge. Have a look at the Employers & Volunteers page of the Careers & Enterprise Company website.

Attend these events

Adult Education Budget webinars
Thursday 21 October
Tuesday 26 October

We will add relevant events as Sandwell continues to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Contact us if you’re holding a careers or skills event, online or in person, that you’d like to share.

Page last reviewed in October 2021.