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Dudley Council Apprenticeship Academy

Dudley Council is recognised as the highest recruiter of apprentices in the Black Country and have apprentices in various departments on different frameworks.

  • Dudley Apprenticeships offer:

  • An Alternative to university

  • Earn while you learn

  • Gain qualifications

  • Improve your career prospects

  • Perfect start to your career

Dudley Council offer a variety of opportunities in both Schools and across the Council.
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Dudley Education Business Partnership

Dudley Education Business Partnership (EBP) is committed to raising the aspirations and achievements of young people by providing opportunities for schools and local employers to work together.  More on Dudley Education Business Partnership 


Apprenticeships represent an important way for employers to recruit people: an apprentice is an employee, earning a wage and gaining job-specific skills whilst also working towards a nationally recognised qualification. Subsidies for employers who take on an apprentice are also available.. Find out more about apprenticeships

Business is Great

The Government's 'Business is Great' website provides the latest information on employment rules, training opportunities and working practices. It also highlights the resources, schemes and incentives to help businesses recruit, employ and develop their people. There is guidance on topics such as employing overseas workers and apprenticeships. Find out more

Black Country Skills Factory

The Black Country Skills Factory is a new employer-led education and training collaboration for the high value manufacturing sector. The Skills Factory concept builds on the Black Country’s long tradition of engineering excellence and an existing cluster of High Value Manufacturing (HVM) businesses.

The main objectives include addressing the shortfall in skills and increasing the pipeline of suitably skilled staff in this sector. A range of new "bite-sized” courses have been developed by the Black Country Skills Factory to address skills gaps and shortages in their workforce. Master Classes will also be provided driven by employer demand.

Alongside these courses and in association with the University of Wolverhampton is a new BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering degree. This is an accelerated degree programme, delivered over two years, allowing employees to embed their learning directly into their own workplace.
For more information contact Colin Parker, Director colin_parker@blackcountryconsortium.co.ukMore on Black Country Skills Factory

Skills Development

The borough contains three further education institutions: Dudley College, Stourbridge Campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College and Halesowen College that can all provide tailor-made solutions to workforce development needs - for example for management training and a wide range of vocational skills - whether for individuals or 'corporate solutions'. These further education colleges also provide a comprehensive range of adult education and pre-employment provision.

In addition, Dudley is situated only a short distance from first-class universities - including Aston University, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, and the University of Wolverhampton: all of these have established business schools and excellent research facilities that support business and technology development.

Skills Support for the Workforce

Develop the skills to grow your business with fully funded training.

Skills for Growth in the Black Country is supporting eligible businesses to develop and implement bespoke, funded training plans, helping to meet their growth ambitions by satisfying their workforce's immediate and long term skills needs.

To find out more visit: www.fundingunit.org.uk/projects/black-country-ssw or call 0845 644 3753.

The Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN)

KEEN is a new business improvement programme, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, designed to help West Midlands based Small and Medium Enterprises increase their profitability and achieve growth through working with a regional university. KEEN offers a level of flexibility to companies through the transfer of knowledge into the business via a recent graduate who is recruited to work on a growth project for 6 to 21 months.  More on KEEN

Lean Education and Development

LEAD is a provider of high quality lean education and accreditation. For more information visit www.leadlimited.co.uk  or call 01562 720 596

Improving Engineering Skills

West Midlands leading manufacturing companies have collaborated with the University of Wolverhampton to help create an accelerated degree programme, BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering.  Responding to the demands of the manufacturing and engineering sectors to deliver fast, relevant and high-quality training, the degree is specifically designed to maximise workforce potential quickly. This accelerated degree programme, delivered over two years, allows employees to embed the latest research-informed learning rapidly into the workplace.
To find out more about the BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering, starting September 2013, telephone 01902 321 272 or email enquiries@wolverhamptonbsc.comMore of the BEng (Hons) qualification 

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