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Skills Accelerator Programme

We’re here to help your business flourish with FREE courses.

We’re current offering a variety of FREE training opportunities that will help your business thrive in a post-pandemic, digital world. It doesn’t matter if you need help promoting your business through social media or want to learn the best ways to innovate, these introductory programmes will give you the basics you need to get started. There is also the opportunity to move on to more advanced courses, where you’ll delve into more in depth knowledge. All of these courses are free for both you and your employees, and they can be taken at any of the Black Country Colleges.

We’re happy to work with you to find the best way to meet your training needs. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or if you need help figuring out what training your business needs, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

We can’t wait to help you improve your business.

Check out our FREE courses we currently have on offer below:

On this course you will learn the basics of business innovation and sustainability.

It can be a challenge to foster a culture that encourages new ideas and risk-taking. Our business innovation and sustainability course will help you adopt new ideas and think outside the box to solve problems and deal with challenges.

You will learn

  • How to develop the mindset, skills, and tools of people who are very creative and use them in your business.
  • Skills for articulating challenges, coming up with ideas, solving problems, and working together. We’ll also look at how to put these ideas into practise in your business.
  • Ways and strategies for finding, defining, and putting business needs first.
  • Learning how to use creative techniques to help you implement those strategies and processes in your business, so that you can be more innovative.
  • How to identify customers’ needs
  • An Overview of key business improvement tools and strategies
  • Scoping, planning and managing improvement ideas
  • How to evaluate existing communication structures and improve them

Prerequisites – None

Length of course – 3 days (contact us to discuss our flexible options for online/blended learning)

Days/dates – We’re fully flexible. Contact us to discuss our flexible options.

Progression – Level 3 Lean Technician, Level 4 Improvement Practitioner

Campus address – City of Wolverhampton College, Telford Campus (TF3 3BA)

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On this course you’ll learn philosophy and procedures of reducing waste time in manufacturing.  Candidates will learn how to cut down on time through both theory and practical exercises which can be applied to normal work environments.

The course is designed to help staff to cut down on waste time in manufacturing environments. We highly recommend this course for:

  • Production Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Production Managers
  • Production Planners
  • Logistics Controllers
  • Anyone who makes an input to a company’s product change procedure, i.e. setters, operators…etc.

You will learn:

  • The techniques that can be used to identify and then remove waste time in manufacturing environments.
  •  Reduction exercises to become familiar with the paperwork involved.
  • How Business improvement techniques work in real life.
  • How SMED works and how it can be used.
  • Why long set-up times can be bad.
  • What it means for there to be a change in manufacturing?
  • How to use a standard format for documentation when you do analytical studies.
  • How to look for ways to save time.
  • How to spot techniques used in real-life situations.
  • What commercially available tools can help with the process.
  • How to Manage SMED projects in their own workplaces.

Prerequisites – This course is designed for those who work in manufacturing and has an interest in improving productivity and cutting down on waste time. This course is based on improvement techniques used to improve injection moulding processes, but is highly adaptable to other manufacturing areas.

Length of course – 2 days (contact us to discuss our flexible options for online/blended learning)

Days/dates – Contact us to discuss our flexible options.

Progression – Injection Moulding Technician Level 2, Injection Moulding Technician Level 3

Campus address – City of Wolverhampton College, Telford Campus (TF3 3BA)

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Consumer behaviour has changed dramatically in recent times. Digital marketing gives businesses the chance to reach people on platforms where they spend a lot of time and money. This course will enable to you to gain an understanding of digital marketing principles, how you can create a strategy and how it can help your career prospects and your business grow.

You will learn:

  • Principles of Digital Marketing
  • Types of Digital Marketing and the platforms used (including social media)
  • Digital Marketing approaches and strategy
  • Understanding digital marketing campaigns
  • Digital marketing vs Traditional Marketing

Social Media Marketing:

  • Choosing the right platform
  • Profile creations
  • Posting
  • Audience creation
  • Tips and guides
  • Paid vs non-paid content
  • Content creation tools
  • Creating your social media strategy
  • Email marketing

Search Engine Optimisation:

  • What is SEO?
  • How do search engines work?
  • SEO health check
  • SEO tools
  • Competition analysis
  • On-page/off-page optimisation

Our free digital marketing training is delivered by Jamie Stewart, founder of Bumblebee Digital Services. BumbleBee is a leading digital marketing agency specialising in creative campaigns. Jamie also helps businesses network and make new connections through Circle Networks, an organisation that he founded to help connect businesses with the right people.

Prerequisites – Basic understanding of IT, internet browsing and social media.

Length of course – Contact us to discuss our flexible options.

Contact us to discuss our flexible options if you can’t make the dates. Remote options are available if you can’t attend in person.

Progression – Digital Marketing Apprenticeship Level 3.

Campus address – City of Wolverhampton College, Wellington Road Campus, Bilston (WV14 6BT)

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Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions or queries about our FREE courses.

Telephone: 01902 836000 (Option 5)

Note: These courses are for businesses to enable them to meet specific skills gaps. To register your interest you need to be a business owner or employed with an agreement with your employer.

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