Recruitment and training

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

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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 or telephone: 0121 569 2099.

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Skills Support for the Workforce in The Black Country
Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Black Country. It provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.


Visit the website for more details:

Black Country Skills Factory
Black Country Skills Factory is a Local Enterprise Partnership initiative aimed at addressing skills shortages in the five transformational sectors in the Black Country.

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These are:
* 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:

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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 the website –

Page last reviewed in July 2020.