Employers across the Black Country have the opportunity to upskill their workforce and gain the competitive edge through a series of free training courses this Spring.

In partnership with the Black Country Skills Factory, City of Wolverhampton College has launched a programme of fully funded bite sized training courses for local businesses.

The focussed workshops, which last between 2-3 hours, cover a range of topics, including Autocad, lean principles, Microsoft Excel, welding, vehicle maintenance and building technology.

Businesses are able to pick and chose from the courses on offer to suit their business needs.

Employer Responsive and Contracts Manager Graham Taylor said: “This work-base learning is a cost effective way for businesses to address their specific skills and become more efficient and more profitable – with minimal time lost to training.”

To be eligible, businesses must be based in the Black Country and be in the advanced manufacturing, transport technologies, construction, environmental technologies or business services sectors.

To book onto any of these courses or to find out more, visit and click on ‘bite sized courses’. Alternatively, email

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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