Employment training, courses and events


The Skills Toolkit

Improve your digital and numeracy skills for free at your own pace. Courses available from Introductory to Advanced levels, covering topics such as digital marketing, bookkeeping or whether you want to learn more about getting online.

Maths, English and ESOL Courses

Gain valuable functional skills that will help you to get a job or into further training- learning available online at your own pace with support from tutors. Call Enterkey Training on 0121 773 3410 or email info@enterkeytraining.com

Paper-based Distance Learning

Limited internet access? You can still learn new skills with workbooks available from PTP Training. Courses available include Mental Health Awareness; Common Health Conditions; Dementia Care; Understanding Autism; Fall Prevention Awareness; Understanding Nutrition and Health; Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care; 
For info call 01543 460 050 or emails skills@ptp-training.co.uk

Accelerated Learning Online Care Course

Unemployed and want to gain skills to get into the Care Industry? This course will give you a basic knowledge of core subjects- delivered online. To join or for further information please contact Gemma Armes on 07734 814922 or email gemma.armes@ptp-training.co.uk

Release Potential

Free ‘remote’ learning programmes to enhance your skill set, delivered via Zoom
Courses include: Level 1 and 2 Certificate in IT User Skills; Customer Service; Employability Skills; Equality and Diversity
Contact Andrew Wood on 07795 006 870

Gecko Training

Training delivered via Google Classrooms- users must have a laptop or tablet ideally with a camera/access to a smartphone and a Gmail account.
Courses include Customer Service; Team leading; Maths and English Functional Skills; Accounting and Payroll for Business; Business Administration
Contact: 0121 794 1704 manjeet.panesar@geckoprogrammes.co.uk

Code Your Future

Applications are now open for this *free* online Intro to Coding course. No prior experience necessary, must be 18+ and fall into an eligible category https://codeyourfuture.io/become-a-student/

Virtual Driving courses

Course starting mid-April. All coursework delivered via an online training platform, with daily access to your trainer. Work towards a CAT C & CPC licence in addition to Warehousing & Storage level 1; Driving Goods vehicle level 2 and more. You must be aged 19+ with a full, clean category B driving licence held for at least 12 months. Unemployed or with household income below £17,500.
Join the ZOOM Recruitment Meeting every Tuesday at 2pm 
https://zoom.us/j/170355566?status=success Meeting ID: 170 355 566 

OR email bronach.grewal@system-group.com or call 07395 280 443/ 07785 617 025

GB Training- for ages 19+

Courses are available for online study. Gain a qualification in around six weeks (8-10 hours per week) Plenty to choose from including L2 and L3 Business Administration; L2 Safeguarding and Prevent; L2 Team Leading; L2 Lean Organisation Management Techniques; L2 Infection Control;  L2 Safe Handling of Medication; and L2 Certificate Technology Enabled Care. Call 0121 622 4218 or email info@gbtraining.org.uk

Go Train- training available for furloughed staff 

Free online training courses are available for eligible staff on furlough (aged 19+, income £17750 or if the 80% income cap brings you into this bracket). Courses available include Business Improvement Techniques; Computerised Accounting & Payroll; Health & Safety; Customer Service; Food Safety; IT & Digital Skills and more. Visit their website to register your interest and receive more information 

Learn from home JCP

JobCentre Plus in conjunction with Work Pays are offering a variety of courses for those looking for work or on furlough. Courses include Customer Service; Construction Skills (including CSCS); warehousing, Health & Social care and more. Visit their website for eligibility and to enquire.

Free online learning for ages 16+

Skills Training UK are offering free online learning for eligible learners. Courses on offer include:

  • Summer courses for 16-18s- English and Maths to GCSE level, Admin, Warehousing, Hospitality, Customer Service and more
  • Traineeships for 16-24 year olds- study towards vocational qualifications including English and Maths
  • Courses for 19+ Engineering, Manufacturing, ICT, Admin, English and Maths

For more information contact them via their website or email igniteyoursuccess@skillstraininguk.com

Virtual Rail and Construction courses

RMF Training in conjunction with the West Midlands Combined Authority have level 2 Rail Engineering; Health and Safety, CPCS courses and more available to eligible learners in an online learning environment. Learners must be able to commit to logging on for each day of the course. For rail course info please email rachel.green@rmftraining.co.uk and for construction courses email lauren.m@rmfrs.co.uk

Tips and Hints for those working from home

The West Midlands Combined Authority and Coventry University have put together some helpful ideas and free toolkits for those working from home.  

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning

The people's choice for post 19 adult and community learning in Sandwell, SAFL provide a rich and varied range of learning activities at over thirty venues in 6 different towns.

Job Clubs

You can meet with an advisor at one of our venues throughout Sandwell. View a list of venues here

Black Country Impact

If you are aged 16-29 and would like support to find training or employment then Black Country Impact can help. Take a look at our dedicated page for more details