Adult Skills for Work

Welcome to Adult Skills for Work

Could a FREE or part-funded training course help you progress your career and improve your income?

Are you unemployed and looking for training to prepare you for your next job?

Are you an employer with staff needing to learn new skills to support your business growth?

If you can answer Yes! to any of the above and you are aged 19+, living in the West Midlands, then the Adult Skills for Work Programme is here to help you*. We can offer a wide range of fully funded and part-funded training courses which can now be accessed online.

Our training is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which means that training will either be fully funded (no cost) or part-funded (some contribution to course costs required)

Our blended, distance learning approach means that our learners can access course materials, talk to a dedicated tutor and manage their learning in a way that suits them and is flexible in the current challenging circumstances.

*additional eligibility may apply 

Fill out our short enquiry form below and let us know the type of training you are looking for; Subjects available: Construction, IT, Business Admin, Engineering, Warehousing and Storage for Retail, IOSH, English and Maths. A member of our friendly team will get back to you.

Apply for Training

Serco delivers this programme on behalf of West Midlands Combined Auhtority.

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Courses are available in the following topics and industries:

  • English and Maths
  • Construction
  • IT
  • Business Admin
  • Engineering
  • Warehousing and Storage for Retail
  • IOSH – Managing Safely, Working Safely and Occupational Health and Wellbeing. Applications for IOSH courses must be made by your employer and specific to your job role.


Whats on offer?

  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to enhance your own or your employees’ skills.
  • Training can cover a wide range of subjects and will be tailored to you or the specific needs of your business.
  • Training is delivered flexibly so that individuals currently in work can access training outside of their working hours.
  • ASW offers re-training opportunities to develop news skills and improve earning potential.

Download the ASW leaflet

Training is available to all business sectors with a focus on:

  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Business and Professional Services
  • Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

Expert advice

Serco delivers the ASW training through a network of high-quality local training providers. An expert skills adviser will talk to you about your career goals and develop a training programme specific to your needs.

What will it cost?

Adult Skills for Work is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which means that training will either be fully funded (no cost) or part-funded (some contribution to course costs required). Please contact us to find out more about funded and part-funded training. ASW is funded through the West Midlands Combined Authority Adult Education Budget.

About Adult Education Budget funding

The overall aim of Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding is to engage West Midlands Combined Authority residents aged 19 and above and provide education and training to equip them with the skills both they and local employers need, enabling them ultimately to access or progress in work.



In order to benefit:

  • The learner has to be eligible to work in the UK – evidence will be required
  • The learner must be aged 19+ (no upper age restriction)
  • The training has to be delivered within the West Midlands Combined Authority region and by one of the contracted ASW Training Providers

*additional criteria may apply