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Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership

Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
Supporting Young Peoples Choices for the Future.
The Black Country LEP recognises the importance of employer engagement with students, parents, careers leaders and teachers, especially now with the ever-changing world of work.  New technology is defining and creating many job roles while others have disappeared completely.  It is more important than ever to create a strong link between schools and businesses and to use employers to inspire young people to strive to be the best version of themselves.  The events hosted on our platform support schools to ensure Careers Professionals, School Leaders, Teachers, Parents and Students have a better understanding of current and future job roles in the Black Country across a wide sector spectrum.  Coupled with this we provide an excellent library of supporting resources available to all schools and colleges that showcase all pathways for young people. We also have a strong link between external organisations offering training and Apprenticeships across a variety of sectors, with many job roles some young people may not be aware of.
The Black Country Skills Factory and Careers Hub works with business and schools to link into the delivery of programmes co-funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company.  By accelerating the achievement of the 8 Gatsby benchmarks we can improve the careers provision turning ‘what looks good’ in careers education to what is excellent.
Schools engagement is a vital strand to the Skills Factory/Careers Hub.  Working with volunteers from the world of work, we work together directly with schools and college leaders to bridge the gap between employers ensuring young people get the best careers advice.
Under the following aims, the Skills Factory/Careers Hub works to change and enhance young peoples and employer’s perceptions of the workplace.
1.  We aim to increase the number of encounters every young person has with the world of work
2.  We strive to enhance each young persons employability
3.  We will provide schools with local labour market information to support curriculum delivery and development
4.  We aim to inspire the next generation to look forward to their future careers

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World of Work – Manufacturing, Engineering and Construction(Available On Demand)

Routes into Construction

There are over 700 opportunities in construction to choose from, enabling the industry to have something to offer everyone; civil engineering, building services, trades, technicians and professional occupations. This session will give you guidance explaining where to go and who to talk to if you feel this is the career for you.

Careers in Local Government (Available On Demand)

Overview of what local authorities do and an insight to the many different departments within local government.

What it is like to work for the local authority– hear from apprentices

Live vacancies

  • Where to find them
  • How to apply
  • Hints and tips on completing applications and attending interviews

Watch all individual videos here

Local Opportunities – FE/HE & Apprenticeships (Available On Demand)

Where and how to search for opportunities from entry level to higher level?

What are the current opportunities available – hear from providers/sixth form providers/further education colleges and higher education institutions

  • Entry Level Opportunities
  • Level 1 opportunities
  • Level 2 opportunities
  • Level 3 opportunities
  • Level 4 and above
  • What’s Kickstart and how can it help me?

Where can I go for further help and support? Black Country My Choices Guide

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My Health Matters – Maintain your Physical & Mental Health What Works? (Available On Demand)

This upbeat session will help you understand why your health, mentally and physically, is important and how it affects us when we neglect either or both. It will get you ready and prepared to move forward positively and confidently with your next steps.

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Access to FE/ HE dispelling the myths (Available On Demand)

What’s HE what’s FE and some of the common myths – explore the benefits of both

  • Hear about local offers for FE and HE
  • Student finance – what is it, how and when do I apply?
  • Hear from those who are in FE, HE and Apprenticeships

Watch all individual videos here.

Employability Skills – What makes me employable? (Available On Demand)

What are employers looking for and what do we mean employability skills?

Hear from some experts in employment about how you can prepare yourself for employability, some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  • Workplace language
  • Dress for the job
  • Common mistakes
  • Your CV
  • Where are jobs and Apprenticeships advertised
  • What to put on your application form and what not to put on
  • Interview techniques – face to face and virtual

Watch all individual videos here.

Health & Social Care WOWW (Available On Demand)

We’ve partnered with Health & Social Care organisations in the Black Country to showcase the exciting opportunities within this sector. This session will highlight the variety of Health & Social Care job roles available and the routes to get into the industry.

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Careers in Construction (Available On Demand)

We’ve partnered with construction companies working in the Black Country and the surrounding areas to showcase the exciting projects they’re currently involved in building. This session will highlight the variety of job roles involved in this fantastic industry and also an insight into how the world of construction is changing.

Watch all individual videos here.

Apprenticeship Event (Available On Demand)

Student Event- 

The Ladder for the Black Country recognises that young people may be unsure about their next steps after their transition into post 16 education.  Choosing the right career or pathway is an important step.  Apprenticeship week enables young people to investigate and review a variety of pathways open to them.  This Learn Live event is designed to raise awareness of the various options available through the Apprenticeship route including information from independent training providers, colleges and employers.  Apprenticeships range from intermediate level 2 to degree level 7.  The session includes information from employers as to what they are looking for in future talent to enhance and build their business and from apprentices themselves explaining the choices they have made to build their futures.

There will also be representatives from each provider who will be able to answer any questions you may have during the event.

Teacher CPD Event – 

Apprenticeships – What are they?

National Apprenticeship Services together with the Black Country Ladder are delighted to present a CPD session for Teachers to explore and demystify the apprenticeship route to employment.  The session will help teachers increase their confidence in discussing apprenticeships as a viable route into employment for young people.  It will include what is an apprenticeship, how apprenticeship work, how apprenticeships compare with the more traditional routes into employment and the benefits of following an apprenticeship to build for the future.

Representatives from the National Apprenticeship Services/Apprenticeship, Support and Knowledge for schools (ASK project) and the Black Country Ladder will be able available to answer any questions you may have during the event.

Watch all individual videos from both events here.

Swap Don’t Drop (Available On Demand)

In partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority, this event is aimed at those who are considering dropping out of education. The message is simply ‘Swap Don’t Drop’; it’s ok to change your mind and there are alternative option for you to consider.

#SwapDontDrop #WMStrong

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Careers in Engineering/ Manufacturing Session (Available On Demand)

The session highlights options available to further your education or find Apprenticeships to help start an Engineering career as well as hearing from existing Apprentices talking about their experiences.


Social Media:

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Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Session (Available On Demand)

Working with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and their NHS Futures Team, Learn Live has been given special access to the work of the Allied Health Professionals, the third largest workforce in the health service. This programme gives students real-life encounters with Allied Health Professionals in these vital careers, providing fresh perspectives on the world of work.

Work Experience page –

NHS Futures Zone page –

Twitter handle – @RWT_WEX

New Year, New Job

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2022 ‘Build the Future’

The event aims to provide young people, parents and carers with information about apprenticeship opportunities in the Black Country, Birmingham and Solihull. The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership are working with key partners and employers to provide an insight into apprenticeships and live vacancies in the area. Topics include:

For young people:

Hearing directly from apprentices themselves – what is an apprenticeship?
Live vacancies in the area – showcasing the variety of opportunities available
Support available for young people – where to look for an apprenticeship, how to apply, what makes a good application

For parents:

Why take the apprenticeship route? – perceptions of apprenticeship programmes
Hearing from employers – the importance of apprenticeships, what they can lead to
Support available for parents and carers – benefits, opportunity to ask questions to apprentices, partners and employers in the area

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Black Country Creative Industries

An overview of performing  and visual arts – 

As part of our Creative World of Work Week this session will introduce students to the performing and visual side of creative.

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Black Country – My Future Skills – For young people with Special Educational Needs or disabilities

12 key employability or future skills you can develop now to support you to gain access to work in the future

Key insights from employees who have special needs or disabilities , what skills they have and how they developed them. Watch the on demand version here

Black Country – Brighter Futures

The project seeks to understand the barriers to accessing Apprenticeships facing our local young people from BAME communities. It is a critical project which is working with parents and young people to achieving its aim of motivating, inspiring and supporting young people in schools to make informed choices about their future and help them achieve towards their choices. It will involve a combination of workshops and activities for these young people and their parents to take part in which will take place in and out of school. Watch the on demand version here

More details on upcoming broadcasts coming soon………

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