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PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION

NEWS IN BRIEF

BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKING

The Black Country LEP Growth Hub is working with local partners to deliver four Peer Networking groups. Funded through the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Peer Network programme is supporting businesses in sectors particularly negatively impacted by COVID19.

The Black Country LEP Growth Hub is working with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Skills for Care, UK Metals Council and Midlands Aerospace Alliance to deliver networks in the following sectors: Health and Care; Metals; Aerospace; Rail. To-date 43 businesses have signed up.

Free to join, all that is required is the time each month to join virtual sessions. The small-group sessions are led by a skilled facilitator and the programme also offers access to 1:1 mentoring, coaching or advice tailored to individual business needs. 

If your business (with at least five employees) is in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton would like to take part, then contact the Black Country LEP Growth Hub for further details on 0300 770 2445 or email enquiries@bcgrowthhub.com

FUNDED TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESSES IN THE BLACK COUNTRY

It is a well-known fact that in the Black Country 16% of the working-age population have no qualifications, more than double that of the national average and, whilst 27% of all vacancies are down to a shortage in skills, it is reported that 33% of employers have no budget available for staff training. 

 

Black Country Chamber member, The Skills Support for the Workforce programme (SSW), help small & medium businesses in the Black Country to access funded training and qualifications to upskill their employees and help their businesses grow. 

 

With 100s of courses on offer, including IT & Digital skills, Construction, Business Administration, Customer Service plus many more, the programme works with businesses to identify training needs and helps to support with business goals. 

 

To date over 4,400 employees from 740 businesses have benefitted from the programme in the Black Country, one of those businesses is Jones and Woolman, who are reaping the benefits of skills training.

SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund, so businesses and individuals can access a wide range of funded training.

To find out more about the Skills Support for the Workforce and Skills Support for Redundancy programmes, please contact Laura Johnson, Partnership Coordinator: laura.johnson3@serco.com

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