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.
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.
The new 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 £25,000 in funding to support local businesses to take on apprentices has been now been allocated for 2017/18. The scheme supports apprenticeships in Accounting, Business Administration, Manufacturing, Management and Social Media with particular emphasis on level 3.
While this funding has now been successfully spent, if you are interested in recruiting an apprentice contact the Worcestershire Training Providers Association for further information, including the training frameworks available and help with costs http://worcsapprenticeships.org.uk/
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 from the North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration at www.nwedr.org.uk or call 08456 6015953. Alternatively, talk to Worcestershire Apprenticeships on 0300 666 3 666 or email www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk .