North Worcestershire - the natural environment for business

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Importantly, North Worcestershire has a highly skilled workforce which can meet the needs of businesses looking to grow or move into the area.  More than 30% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 is qualified to NVQ4 + level.  There are several further education institutions across North Worcestershire with well respected Universities within a 30 minute drive.

North Worcestershire employers have excellent access to the large skilled labour pool of the wider West Midlands area, taking advantage of good transport networks and strong economic and labour market relationships with surrounding areas such as Birmingham & Solihull, the Black Country, Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The creation of a dedicated North Worcestershire Employment and Skills Board is aimed at raising skills levels in the area, ensuring synergy between businesses, training providers and schools. For more information please email us.

Education Institutions

There are three Colleges of Further Education located in North Worcestershire:

 1 The Heart of Worcestershire College, which was previously known as the NEW College and has sites in Redditch and Bromsgrove;

 2 The Academy, part of Birmingham Metropolitan College, which is a state of the art learning facility including the ‘Samsung Academy’; and

 3 Kidderminster College,  a division of NCG, one of the largest education, training and employability organisations in the UK.North Worcestershire is also within easy reach of a number of world-class universities, including the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham. The University of Oxford is just over an hour away by car.

Investors wanting to move with their families to North Worcestershire can find high quality independent and state schools close to where they live and work.  These institutions also provide a talented pool of potential employees for any new business locating to the area.

Apprenticeship schemes

The Engineering Centre of Excellence in Arrow Road, Redditch run by specialist training provider, Midland Group Training Services (MGTS) provides a dedicated local facility to ensure that young people within the area can be trained to provide the engineering skills that local companies require. Read more.

For Wyre Forest businesses and residents. An Apprenticeship Support Scheme of £15,000 in funding to support local businesses to take on apprentices has been now been allocated for 2018/19. The scheme supports apprenticeships in Accounting, Business Administration, Manufacturing, Management and Social Media with particular emphasis on level 3.

If you are interested in recruiting an apprentice contact Beth Newton, Employment Engagement Co-ordinator at Kidderminster College on 01562 820811. Alternatively contact the Worcestershire Training Providers Association for further information, including the training frameworks available and help with costs  

For Bromsgrove and Redditch businesses and residents, there is an Apprenticeship Support Scheme open to businesses and Redditch enabling them to take on an apprentice of any age.  Priority will be given to applications from companies in manufacturing, digital/creative and IT, life and health sciences, construction, logistics’ leisure and tourism and the grant should be applied for before the apprentice has been appointed.

The grant can be used to support apprenticeship applications at any level, but priority will be given to Advanced levels 3 and 4.

Grants meeting the eligibility criteria are approved on a first come, first served basis subject to availability. Companies applying should be less than 250 employees and located in Redditch Borough or Bromsgrove District, employing no more than two apprentices. The apprentices themselves should also be resident in either area.  The grant does not affect the business being able to apply for the National Age grant if eligible.

Further details are available - contact the team at NWedR or call 0845 601 5953.

Opening Doors to Business

The innovative Opening Doors to Business scheme is now flourishing in Wyre Forest and Redditch and is due to be introduced in Bromsgrove in 2018.

Find out about how the scheme rolled out in 2016 and 2017 in Wyre Forest and in Redditch 2018.  See the supporting videos made by Redditch based Frog Films showing the Opening Doors scheme in action in Redditch during June 2017.  See Redditch students on their Opening Doors visit to West Mercia Police and at Rockline Industries.

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In Redditch, is runing as a rolling programme throughout the year.  Schools and businesses are asked to enrol online - see the comprehensive brochure which provides step by step guidance of how get involved as a business and as school.

Do get in touch if you would like to discuss your own Opening Doors to Business visit.

The Future of Work

Interested to see what the future of work might look like in the West Midlands?  The National Careers Service has produced a guide to the labour market.  Read it here.

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