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Cabinet Minister Justine Greening visits Black Country to see Growth Deal in action
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership today agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £24 million invested in the Black Country between 2016 and 2021.
Black Country Skills Factory supports 100th Apprentice
The Black Country Skills Factory is supporting its 100th Apprentice through its innovative programme of investment in skills across the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector since July 2013. Nick Fletcher, aged 18 years, is currently undertaking his apprenticeship as an Apprentice Turner at J...
Understanding Apprenticeships. Breakfast events for companies
2015 breakfast meetings aimed at helping businesses take full advantage of apprenticeships and gain impartial information and advice in the Black Country.
Phase four bite-size courses launched by Skills Factory
The Black Country Skills Factory has launched a fourth programme of bite-size courses to be delivered from January to late April 2015.
£166k investment to boost leadership and management skills  across the Black Country
The Black Country Skills Factory has secured funding of £105k from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) through their UK Futures Programme - Management and Leadership in Supply Chains and networked organisations. With match funding from employers the total project value is £166k. The...
Autumn Statement
The government announced it will allocate a further £1billion from the local growth fund for a second wave of growth deals as a national competition.
Framework for combined working
On 7 November 2014, Council leaders from the four Black Country councils and Birmingham announced an agreement in principle to work as a Combined Authority.
December courses and advanced notice of new 2015 programme
The Black Country Skills Factory unexpectedly has places remaining on select courses taking place during December 2014.
Road investment boosts economy
The Black Country LEP welcomed today’s announcement of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy which confirmed funding for the following projects:
Partnership the foundation for i54 success
The site, home to Jaguar Land Rover's new engine manufacturing centre among others, has been developed in partnership between Staffordshire County Council, Wolverhampton City Council and South Staffordshire Council, with the councils investing over £40 million in the junction and site...
Skills Factory working to engineer a better world!
The Black Country Skills Factory features in the ITN Productions programme 'Working to Engineer a Better World' as an example of a local and targeted project aimed at improving the skills needed for the high value manufacturing sector in the Black Country.
Black Country Enterprise Zone driving forward growth
The Black Country Enterprise Zone is playing a vital role in driving forward the economy, creating thousands of jobs and building a centre for excellence for the automotive sector, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.
Free digital support for businesses
Update on FREE broadband and digital support for Black Country businesses.
No 10 Downing Street in Smethwick
Stewart Towe, CEO of Hadley Group and Chair of the Black Country LEP has unveiled a life size facia of No 10 Downing Street at Hadley’s Downing Street in Smethwick. This will stay in place until the end of the election period in 2015.
£12.2m deal to bring high-speed fibre broadband to the Black Country
Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, today hailed the official launch of The Black Country Broadband Project, which intends to extend the availability of high-speed fibre broadband to 98 per cent of homes and businesses across the Black Country
The next generation of engineers supported by the Skills Factory
The Black Country Skills Factory is continuing to support the next generation of engineers through Apprentice Wage subsidy’s offered to High Value Manufacturing (HVM) SMEs with employers encouraged to develop their apprentice’s to the next level through the Progression Subsidy.