Skills Hub News & Case Studies

How GBSLEP is supporting the Kickstart Scheme

Tuesday 8th June

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month job placements for young people. It provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

As well as supporting employers through our Skills Hub, GBSLEP is supporting the government's Kickstart scheme by creating new opportunities within our own teams. 


Cash boost for employers to support T Level industry placements

Wednesday 2nd June

Employers will be eligible to claim a £1,000 payment for hosting a T Level industry placement that commences between 27 May 2021 – 31st July 2022.


What does the EU Settlement Scheme mean for employers?

Friday 14th May

EU citizens and their family members (including children and non-EU citizens) need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021. Employers are urged to communicate with their EU staff about the EU Settlement Scheme.

For tailored advice on what Brexit means for your business, contact the Growth & Resilience team at the Growth Hub:



Wednesday 28th April

Economic recovery will depend on all of us coming together and playing our part. Now is the time for your business to help. The multiple benefits of supporting skills training and a local pipeline of future food makers, in all their forms, will ensure the sector continues to thrive and grow.


New T Levels: could your organisation offer an industry placement?

Tuesday 27th April

In September 2020, the Department for Education launched the first three T Level qualifications, designed to equip young people with the technical skills on which to build their careers.  The Covid-19 pandemic has placed additional pressure on colleges and other training providers in sourcing enough Industry Placements for their students, and the GBSLEP Skills Hub has offered to help.



Monday 26th April

Create Central has come together with West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Solihull College to develop a fantastic opportunity for those who want a career in content creation.  The bootcamp has been designed in partnership with the local industry professionals and will include immersive learning through industry set briefs, masterclasses and career development to support a successful career in content creation for business.


Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs

Wednesday 14th April

Boosting the nation’s skills with the expertise employers need is a key part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs. The Lifetime Skills Guarantee is part of the Government’s work to transform the adult education system so that businesses can find or develop talented people of all ages to fill skills gaps and help adults get the skills they need throughout their life, from free Level 3 qualifications and Skills Bootcamps, to basic skills offers and more.


Free 1:1 digital support for arts & culture

Tuesday 13th April

A new scheme designed to improve the digital skills of arts and culture organisations within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s (GBSLEP) region has been launched.

After running a successful pilot last year, GBSLEP has funded digital arts specialists Limina to deliver the training.


Gym receives funding, mentoring and business support from the Growth Hub

Thursday 8th April

The GBSLEP Growth Hub has assisted CrossFit Tamworth with funding, mentoring, training and more. Mark Oscroft, Director: “I’ve been impressed with the constant communication and continuous support to get all of our plans in place. The support really has been fantastic.”


GBSLEP Growth Hub Announces Invitation to Tender for Peer Networks

Tuesday 6th April

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Growth Hub has today issued its Invitation to Tender for the Peer Networks 2021 programme.

Following the successful delivery of sixteen cohorts in the pilot programme, BEIS has granted the GBSLEP Growth Hub ei18 cohorts for the 2021-2022 financial year. 


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