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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 business engagement with schools, 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 the Enterprise Adviser Network is an ideal tool to ensure this continues.  The EAN supports schools to ensure both teachers and pupils 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, regular events including live webinars to encourage connections with employers and career paths. 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 3 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 young people have with the world of work
  2. We strive to enhance a young persons employability
  3. We will provide schools with local labour market information to support curriculum delivery and development


Next session we have coming up as part of the “Black Country World of Work Week” series is Careers in Construction

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.

Join us on Thursday 25th March at 1.30pm.


Apprenticeship Event, Tuesday 9th Feb 2021

Student Event- 1.30pm to 2.30pm

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 – 3.30pm to 4.30pm

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.


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


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


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.


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Student Apprenticeship Session: Introduction to Apprenticeships

Student Apprenticeship Session: Local Training Facilities offering vocational skills

Student Apprenticeship Session: Training providers views of Apprenticeship and how to apply

Student Apprenticeship Session: What do learners feel about apprenticeships?

Student Apprenticeship Session: What support is available to people wanting to follow an Apprenticeship?

Student Apprenticeship Session: What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Student Apprenticeship Session: Have you thought about completing a Degree Apprenticeship within the Police Force?

Student Apprenticeship Session: Training available for those already employed

Teachers Apprenticeship Session: Introduction to Apprenticeships

Teachers Apprenticeship Session: What do learners and employers think of the Apprenticeship route?

Teachers Apprenticeship Session: What do Learners think of Apprenticeships?

Teachers Apprenticeship Session: What are Supported Apprenticeships?

Careers in Engineering/ Manufacturing Session

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Session

Swap Don't Drop - Further Education : Information

Swap Don't Drop - Apprenticeships : Information

Swap Don't Drop - Paths to employment

Swap Don't Drop - Other support for young people

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