Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce in Greater Birmingham & Solihull

Funded training courses to help your business grow

The Skills Support for the Workforce programme (SSW) helps support small & medium businesses in the Greater Birmingham & Solhuill region (Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire) to upskill their employees with training courses & qualifications to help their business grow and boost the local economy.

We can work with you to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to your business needs, and as the SSW programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), a wide range of training can be accessed at no cost* to your business.  *subject to eligibility

We have a network of expert training providers who can deliver 100s of fully funded and accredited training courses covering a range of subjects such as: IT & Digital Skills, Leadership and Management, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Health and Social care, Customer Service, Business Administration, and many more.

Get in touch

If you would like to talk to us about the training on offer and how it might be able to support your business and employees you can contact our Partnership Coordinator for the Greater Birmingham & Solihull region, Dom Murphy.

Dom will have a conversation with you about your business training needs and how the programme can help your business to grow.

Dom also covers the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire region

What’s on offer?

  • A training needs analysis for your business, identifying the skills your team need to support your business goals
  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual and business needs including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to support employees to upskill or even learn new skills
  • Progression pathways for your employees enabling them to take on more responsibilities and move up in your organisation, or progress onto higher level qualifications and apprenticeships

How could you benefit?

  • A more efficient business with improved profitability
  • A highly skilled and engaged workforce with up-to-date skills
  • Improved staff morale and motivation, therefore reducing staff turnover
  • Become an ‘Employer of Choice’ which will improve your business’ image and attract new talent
  • Competitive advantage in your marketplace and improved chances of winning new business

More information 

Serco delivers the SSW programme in the transitional area (Cannock Chase, Lichfield Tamworth and East Staffordshire) of Greater Birmingham & Solihull in partnership with The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP have identified the following key sectors for skills support in the transitional area: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering;
  • Digital and Creative Industries,
  • Life and Health Sciences,
  • Low Carbon and Environmental Technologies and Services,
  • Business, Professional and Financial services

The programme will also focus on sectors where there is significant job replacement demand or are key to local business needs:

  • Health and Social Care, particularly Adult Care
  • Transport and Logistics,
  • Retail; Hospitality and Tourism;
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Digital and Tech
  • Food and Drink
  • Emerging Technologies

Other sectors are also eligible to access funded training. Please see below for eligibility criteria.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply for anyone accessing support through Skills Support for the Workforce:

  • The learner has to be employed by the organisation (or self-employed).
  • The learner has to be eligible to work in the UK – evidence will be required
  • The learner must be aged 16+ (no upper age restriction)
  • The training has to be delivered within the LEP region and by one of the contracted SSW Training Providers

Skills Support for Redundancy 

We also offer support to business owners facing the prospect of making hard decisions about redundancy, and to individuals who have recently been made redundant through the Skills Support for Redundancy programme.

Contact the team for more information.

Our Training Providers

Gateway Training Solutions

Gateway Training Solutions has been in operation since January 2008, initially setup to help provide training, advice and guidance to SME’s. Since then we have delivered over 10,000 qualifications nationwide, engaging with over 900 employers across 30 different cities.
 
We believe in working with employers and learners to ensure that both parties gain from the learning experience. Gateway has achieved its growth by putting learner at the heart of the business, by focusing on developing our learners we are able to help them achieve their qualifications.
 
We deliver Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Pre-employment training, Standalone QCF’s, Functional Skills as well as ESF provision.
 
We have worked with a number of mainstream colleges including Walsall College, Stoke on Trent College, Calderdale as well as a number of consortiums and have spent over £10m worth of Train to Gain, ASB, ALR and ESF funding during this period.
 
Our specialist sectors include Transport & Logistics, Warehousing & Storage, Hospitality & Catering, Retail, Tourism, Education & Business and Financial Services.

We base our delivery around the needs of employers and Learners which includes classroom and work based delivery. We schedule delivery of training around the working schedules of learners providing minimum disruption to work.

Training Event Safety Solutions Ltd (TESS)

The Tess Group are a learning and development provider established in 2009; delivering qualifications including Apprenticeships, Diplomas, Traineeships, Adult Learner Loans and ESF – SSW funded training. Since the moment we started we have been working on changing the way everyone finds their future & delivering inspirational learning that has a measurable impact on people’s lives.

We are rated Ofsted Grade 2 February 2017, Matrix Accredited and an Investors In People Gold Employer. We have won several awards in recent years including Business Of The Year 2015, Enterprising Organisation 2016, Apprenticeship Provider 2016 (Apprenticeship Awards). We were a finalist at the Investors In People Gold Employer awards.
Our vocational delivery range include Customer Service, Team Leading, Management, Sales, Business Administration & Recruitment. We provide learning that is needed to support learners or businesses to their steps.

We are able to bespoke programmes specific to the needs of business, delivering a blend of workshop training sessions, one on one coaching sessions or remote training.

PTP Training Ltd

Performance Through People offer a variety of apprenticeships for people of all ages across the Midlands. We deliver apprenticeships at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and cover a range of sectors including in Accounting, Business Administration, Customer Service, Dental Nursing, Early Years Care, Health and Social Care, IT, Management and Team Leading, Retail, Hospitality, Warehouse and Logistics, Manufacturing, Engineering, Sales and Travel Services.


All apprentices are assigned one of our highly qualified training advisers who will support them through visits to the workplace and arrange for them to complete classroom sessions or workshops if these are required as part of the apprenticeship. They will also support with maths and English functional skills as necessary. Where classroom session and workshops are required these will take place at one of our training centres in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Cannock and Newcastle-under-Lyme. Our Walsall centre includes a purpose built engineering training centre.


We offer clear progression routes through apprenticeships and can continue to support learners as they progress to higher level qualifications and more senior job roles.


We are rated Good by Ofsted and have Investors in People and Matrix accreditations.

The Construction Skills People (CSP) Ltd

Construction skills People is the largest provider to the UK’s construction sector, established in 2008, we deliver a wide range of vocational qualifications and commercial training courses specifically for the construction sector. Our in-depth industry knowledge allows us to advise our clients through the complex minefield of Health & Safety legislation and regulation. We are the UK's leading provider of construction-related work-based qualifications and offer a broad range of NVQs that help our clients ensure they are CSCS and CPCS compliant.

We enjoy working with over 75% of the UK’s top 100 construction companies as listed by the industry’s Construction News magazine. We look to foster robust relationships with our clients, built on our concept of putting our clients’ needs first. As you would expect from an industry-leading training provider, we practice what we preach, and our staff's Continual Professional Development is an ongoing process that ensures our staff have the knowledge and expertise to offer industry the correct advice.

Vocational delivery rangeAll qualifications in construction including Civil Engineer, Construction Plant, House Building, Off-Site Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Utilities, Environmental and major projects. All of CSP’s qualifications are delivered on site to reduces disruption and employee downtime.

Accreditations - Matrix accredited, Disability Confident, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001

Protocol Consultancy Services (Transworld Publications Services Ltd)

Established as a Training Provider in 1996, protocol is currently an approved Work Based Training Provider for the West Midlands. (PCS is part of the Protocol Group of Companies and is a trading name of Transworld Publications Services Ltd). Work undertaken is mainly in the Midlands area, through government funding although we are prepared to travel anywhere in the UK should it be necessary for the delivery of Skills Support for the Workforce, Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships. We also undertake Consultancy work in management and skills training. We have developed our own virtual learning environment that allows remote access.

We have an established track record of delivering SSW across local LEP areas offering SMEs various training  options. Our breadth of experience and expertise enables us to provide focused consultancy and really add value to your business in a variety of contexts. With a blended learning option, tailored to employer requirements, we can deliver both clasroom-led and virtual learning. 

Protocol holds the followng accreditation:

  • City & Guilds, ILM & EDI, BCS, ECDL approved examination centre.
  •  Achived the IIP award and was re-accredited in November 2017.
  •  Awarded Grade 1 Outstanding by Ofsted in November 2006.
  •  Has won 4 Medals of Excellence and a highly commended award from City & Guilds.
  •  Beacon Status
  •  Matrix re-accredited in 2018
  •  Achieved Training Quality Standard full accreditation
  •  Runner up in the Birmingham Training Provider of the year 2019 – Ladder for Greater Birmingham Awards

 

Essential Site Skills (ESS)

Essential Site Skills Ltd (ESS) are an Award Winning, UK leading Training Provider founded in 2013. We specialise in nationwide training and support within the Construction sector but can also deliver a wide range of accredited and non-accredited training across various employment sectors including Health and Social Care, Business Services and Retail, ranging from Level 1 to Level 7 qualifications, as well as delivering bespoke training courses - we adapt the service to suit the needs of the employer.

Our relationships with employers and learners have been key to our success, working with them to identify and fill skills gaps with a focus on individual progression routes and supporting company growth aspirations. We also have an employability division that focuses on supporting at risk, or recently redundant individuals, offering a wide range of bespoke training options and signposting them to our expansive employer network, identifying employment opportunities.

As an organisation, we strive to make a positive difference to the safety, welfare and overall competency of individuals in a high-risk industry, as we believe everyone has the right to go to work and return home safely.

Achieve Training

Achieve Training are the largest provider of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds in Staffordshire. Built upon 30 years of experience and strong relationships with over 1200 local businesses we’re an Ofsted ‘Good’ training provider. Our education programmes prepare young people for work through work experience, employability and qualifications, ensuring a seamless transition into real jobs and sustainable employment.

Part of ‘we are aspire’ consisting of Aspire Housing and Realise charity, PM Training are an apprenticeship trailblazer and deliver training to businesses helping to upskill employee knowledge and business growth.

Working across the UK, a highly flexible, dedicated and experienced team deliver expert knowledge and one-to-one sessions in the workplace offering a bespoke level of support, guidance and advice to help candidates develop and progress in their careers. Specialists in apprenticeship qualification delivery, each year, PM Training deliver qualifications for over 2,500 people from school leavers to employees.

PM Training work with local employers and organisations to provide a variety of courses in-house or at local venues.

LETS Academy

LETS Academy of Stoke-on-Trent is recognised as one of the leading providers of specialist education and training in Staffordshire and the surrounding areas. We are unique in our ability to engage with the BAME community due to our multi-cultural and multi-lingual workforce. Training is offered at our centre or on customer premises and is a combination of classroom and workplace.

We offer a range of opportunities from traineeships and work experience courses, through to a variety of apprenticeship programmes from L2 to L5. Our sectors include hospitality services, food production, transport and logistics, health and social care, childcare and a suite of subjects to support entry and progression into the teaching and education sector. These include Supporting Teaching and Learning, the Award in Education and Training (AET) and the Certificate in Education and Training. Our courses are accredited through Pearson (Edexcel) and Qualsafe.

LETS currently work with in excess of 250 SME’s in the Staffordshire area and have developed bespoke training programmes to upskill and retrain workforces. Our ESFA SSW and SSU delivery serve to further increase training opportunities for work progression for staff who would otherwise not engage in training opportunities.

Pathway Group

Pathway Group is a leading Regional Skills Provider with a vision of Changing Lives Through Skills and Work. 

As an ESFA prime provider, we are proud of having been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, in 2016. We also hold quality standards, such as ISO9001, and Matrix; and have a track-record of investing in our workforce- as accredited by the Investors in People Silver Standard. For the past 15 years, we have been at the forefront of supporting individuals through their journey into and during employment, delivering qualifications tailored to job outcomes, linked to employers.

We exist to encourage and advance employment opportunities by matching the needs of business, individuals and communities. We do this by having a relentless focus to add value, delivering positive outcomes and ensuring that we put our relationship first, leading us to be your partner of choice. We provide a broad range of skills development programmes from a training room to the workplace, helping people to qualify and develop skills for employment and their career. We have a passion in providing our learners with career opportunities through the delivery of traineeships and adult education programmes through to employability and other youth initiatives.

Based just outside Birmingham City Centre, our highly skilled team of employees are on hand to guide partners, employers, learners and parents through the various options there are to gaining qualifications, experience in the workplace, and employment.

Specialists in workforce development, we are at the forefront of supporting levy paying employers though the change in landscape of apprenticeship delivery and we understand the importance of developing and maintaining relationships that last.

PET-Xi

Founded by Fleur Sexton, Fleur PET-Xi has been working in the training sector for 25 years. Operating nationally, the concentration of our delivery deliberately remains in midlands.   If you are seeking to upskill your staff,  the PET—Xi team gain results that are higher than the national average .

Approved by NCFE, Skillsfirst and Highfield to offer a range of courses to staff working a range of sectors including Engineering, Retail and the Business sectors. PET-Xi fully understanding that every person and every company work differently, which is why PET-Xi adapt courses to meet both learner and employers specific requirements

PET-Xi holds the Matrix standard for Information Advice and Guidance (IAG).

We deliver training within:

  • It User Skills up to Level 2
  • Customer Service up to Level 2
  • Team Leading Level 2
  • Business and Administration up to Level 3
  • Leadership and Management up to Level 3

We also deliver a range of  short courses within the sectors just mentioned.

PET-Xi are part the Coventry Chamber of and Bid Sponsors for the  Coventry 2021 City of Culture as well as attending meetings with the local LEP and Commonwealth Games 2022 .

Business Development Midlands (BDM)

BDM is a fast growing, quality driven organisation dedicated to providing our customers with best value training and business growth services.

We pride ourselves in working closely with large and small businesses to develop flexible training courses and apprenticeship programmes that truly reflect on actual business needs and demonstrate actual measurable impact.

Business Development Midlands have been members of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), the UKs foremost Management and Leadership awarding body, for the past 12 years. This partnership, and our direct claims status, allows us to develop credible, flexible and business specific training programmes.

Some examples of the courses we offer include:

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Team Leading
  • Customer Service
  • Coaching
  • Lean Management

All courses we offer can be customised to suit the companies needs and when necessary can be delivered at one of our venues or in house (dependent on numbers).

B2W Group

The B2W Group provide professional training and coaching services to suit a range of employer and learner needs. Founded in 2012, The B2W Group has trained and supported tens of thousands of people throughout the UK into employment and provided up-skill to those already in work.

The B2W Group provide pre-employment, distance learning and apprenticeship programmes designed to make it easy and convenient for learners to upskill in key areas. Our distance learning courses are extremely flexible and allow learners to work at their own pace, with support from their own distance learning tutor /assessor to access and progress through the online resources when and where convenient.

The B2W Group work across key industry sectors to provide qualifying businesses with free level 2 certificated qualifications. 

Our distance learning course topics are relevant to specific industry sectors, such as health and social care, digital and professional services.

Our services are designed to provide medium and long term improvements to both individual learners and businesses. We have a wide ranging and robust network of partners and our own in-house progression teams who can facilitate further training and enhanced learning which includes Level 3 distance learning options.

UK Skills Academy

UK Skills Academy (UKSA) are a young, agile Digital Provider who have landed in an innovative, diverse, and modern way. We are a family of Further Education, Digital and Cyber experts who in this ever-changing environment remain modern, proactive and quality driven. We bring to you fully digitalised funded training and apprenticeships that will enhance the workforce and bridge the skills gap. We have evolved through Covid-19 and are here to support individuals and businesses become safer in the online world and more confident in digital ways of working. We also offer commercial training and can work with you to get your business equipped with Cyber Essentials.

With the learner at the heart of all that we do, we work closely together to ensure that the programme design and implementation meet your workforce development needs and are to the highest standard.

“Right learner, right programme”

CPC Training Consultants Ltd

CPC Training Consultants Ltd (CPC), successfully deliver; Work Based, Classroom Based and On-line ESF & AEB funded learning across Worcestershire, The Black Country, East Staffordshire, Birmingham and Solihull since 2010.

CPC is registered on the ESFA’s RoTO and has Matrix accreditation.  

Our focus is supporting both employed and unemployed adults in the Midland’s region in gaining the skills and knowledge to advance their careers or to gain sustainable employment.

The programmes successfully support individuals within the Engineering, Manufacturing, Transport and Warehousing sectors. Between 450 and 500 individuals benefit from the programmes annually.

The programmes offered range from nationally recognised qualifications to bespoke courses specific to employers and individuals including;

  • Manufacturing Processes diploma
  • Digital Skills for Work
  • Digital Marketing
  • Complying with Statutory Regulations and company procedures
  • Warehousing
  • Supervisory
  • Logistics
  • Selecting Open Sourced Software
  • Increasing employer’s website SEO
  • Material Handling Equipment
  • Commercial courses;
    • Forklift truck licencing
    • Drivers periodic CPC

CPC has robust relationships with the JCP, DWP, LEP, National Careers Service, Third Sector and hundreds of local employers across the region.

We are proud of our achievement, quality of delivery, success rates, and destination data.

TCHC Group Limited

TCHC Group Limited was set up in August 2004. Since then TCHC has grown rapidly and gained a wealth of experience working with organisations including the Education and Skills Funding Agency, The National Lottery Community Fund, Department for Work and Pensions, Local Authorities including the Greater London Authority, and Local Enterprise Partnerships. TCHC offers a wide range of training and workforce development solutions for individuals and employers across all industry sectors.

Our current workforce development portfolio includes a wide range of training options from short courses (2-Days) to longer term programmes, including Apprenticeships, covering sectors including Digital Skills (IT, Excel, Social Media), Customer Service, Business Administration, Functional Skills, Team Leading and Management, Accountancy, Equality & Diversity, Security Training and much more. Training is tailored to the needs of the organisation and its workforce and can be delivered face-to-face in the classroom or remotely though Teams or Zoom.

Pilot IMS

Pilot IMS is a well-established and highly respected national training provider with many years of experience delivering Skills, Welfare, Justice and Youth programmes for public and private partners. We passionately believe in helping business to bring workplace skills to life and in developing individuals from all backgrounds to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

  • Ofsted - awarded 'Good' 2020 
  • Matrix Standard since 2011

Our experienced, highly qualified, professional and engaging team has a strong reputation, that is evidenced through exceptional feedback from individuals, employers and commissioners. Pilots fantastic performance is achieved through staff dedication, commitment and loyalty.

We build long lasting and meaningful business relationships through the provision of high impact, flexible training & recruitment programmes, specialising in a number of priority sectors including, Logistic, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Engineering and Business Management.

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