Adult Skills for Work

Welcome to Adult Skills for Work

Funded and part-funded training for employed and self-employed individuals in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley and Sandwell

NEW - we are now offering two Microsoft accredited courses for people wanting to start or develop their a career in software development or as a cyber security practitioner.

View our digital courses here 

View the full ASW course list here

For Individuals

Are you looking to increase your skills to obtain a better job? Thinking about a career change? Want to earn more?

Adult Skills for Work (ASW) provides funded (FREE!) and part-funded training for individuals in employment that are seeking to improve their skills in order to progress in their education, job role or career. Take your first step towards a better career. Talk to our team today about access to training and qualifications.

For Employers

Does your workforce have basic skills training needs which may be stopping them from progressing in their work?

Adult Skills for Work (ASW) provides (FREE!) and part-funded training for employed individuals in a wide range of subjects which can be tailored to both their own needs as well of those of your business. ASW can provide solutions that enable you to develop your workforce so that they can progress in your business and in their career.

Whats on offer?

  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to enhance your own or your employees’ skills.
  • Training to improve the skills of your workforce to meet future challenges or skills shortages.
  • Support for your staff to gain new skills, improve their current level of knowledge in an occupation, or get them ready for an apprenticeship.
  • Training for individual learners to gain new skills to support their career development or a career change, or to improve progression opportunities in their current job role.
  • 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 new skills and improve earning potential
  • Functional skills - English, maths and Essential Digital Skills

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

  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Business and Professional Services
  • Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Health & Social Care
  • Warehousing

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 may be required depending on eligibility and prior learning). 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 the West Midlands Combined Authority area Serco’s delivery of AEB funded training focuses on Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley and Sandwell.


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

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