Skills Hub News & Case Studies

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. 


New Changes to Apprenticeship Funding

Wednesday 31st March

From tomorrow, 1 April 2021, all employers will need to register their new apprentice on the apprenticeship service account in order to access funding.



Tuesday 30th March

Businesses in the Health and Medical Technology sector are being invited to join the newly formed Science Industry Partnership for the West Midlands (SIP West Midlands). 

The employer-led group will bring companies from across the science industries together to share best practice and find solutions to skills needs, apprenticeships and retaining graduates. There will be a particular focus on the Health and Medical Technology Sector.


Workplace COVID testing: register by 12 April for free lateral flow tests for your employees

Monday 29th March

Free tests are available for staff in England who cannot work from home. The deadline for registrations has been extended to 11.59pm, 12 April 2021. 


Commonwealth Games Jobs and Skills Academy

Tuesday 23rd March

Through their partner providers, the West Midlands Combined Authority are supporting fully funded qualifications in the West Midlands to help people start their own business or change their career.


£5m business support scheme for Staffordshire businesses

Tuesday 23rd March

Staffordshire businesses can get a further boost to their COVID business recovery through the £5m Staffordshire Means Back to Business Support Scheme - an enhanced package of funding to help in the way that matters most.


Birmingham Post Business Awards 2021 open for entries

Wednesday 17th March

The awards will celebrate achievement across 12 categories including a new one-off Covid Defiance award.

Enter by April 19th.


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