Recruitment and training

Your staff are your greatest asset, so 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, the Think Sandwell Employment and Skills team is here to help. See below for other organisations that also offer support with recruitment and training. 

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Recruitment

Whether taking on staff for the first time or growing your existing team, when you’re ready to add new people to your workforce, Think Sandwell Employment and Skills provides a complete package of personal, tailored support to guide you through the entire recruitment process at no cost to your business.

Our service to you is bespoke and managed through a dedicated member of staff. We will discuss your specific requirements with you and can assist in the preparation of job descriptions, vacancy advertisements and interviews.

Though our partnership with local and national employment and skills organisations, we are excellently placed to provide up-to-date information and advice on current schemes, programmes and incentives for employers.

Apprenticeships

Think Sandwell Employment and Skills is passionate about apprenticeships. Available to staff of all ages and levels of experience, an apprenticeship not only gives someone a boost in their early career but is also an effective way of upskilling your existing staff.

That’s why we provide expert advice and support all the way through the apprenticeship process, including offering impartial guidance on suitable qualification routes and sourcing appropriate training provision.

Employing an apprentice can be very cost effective and various grants and incentives are available. We can support you to apply for these. We will work with you and your apprentice throughout the apprenticeship to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

A diverse and inclusive workforce
In addition to the all-round recruitment service offered by the Employment and Skills team, Think Sandwell’s Specialist Employment team provides dedicated support to employers to hire someone with a disability or health condition.

Contact the team
For more information on the services available, please get in touch by email: enquiries_recruitment@sandwell.gov.uk

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Training

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.

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Visit the website for more details: https://www.serco-ese.com/skills-support-for-the-workforce/regions/black-country

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: www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk.

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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 – https://www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk/schools/careers-enterprise-company-enterprise-adviser-programme/.

Page last reviewed in November 2020.

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