Projects: Cradley Heath Skills Centre

  • Investment
    £9,000,000 consisting of 100% Towns Fund
  • Timeline

    Start: June 2022

    Delivery: September 2025

  • Location
    Lower High Street, Cradley Heath B64 5AB

The Cradley Heath Skills Centre will provide a new, dedicated education and training centre to enable the engagement of young people and adults in Cradley Heath, Rowley Regis and will work in conjunction with local community groups to provide access to social, medical and other education advice and service providing a resource centre with Sandwell College as the anchor institution.

The Towns Fund investment will address the barrier to economic growth caused by local skills deficiencies and access to a suitably skilled work force that exists within the Black Country and locally within Sandwell through providing three programmes:

  • Essential Skills: access to foundation skills with English, Maths and Digital Skills
  • Boost: development of pre-access Boost programme providing advanced study skills at Level 3 and access to Higher Education
  • Gateway to opportunity: provide Gateway provision which will enable those looking for a new career, a career change or for promotion to secure a set of job ready skills and access to live job opportunities

Deliverables:

  • 32 temporary Full Time (FT) jobs supported during project implementation
  • 4 full-time equivalent (FTE) permanent jobs created through the project
  • 475 learners assisted
  • Closer collaborations with 40 employers
  • 100 Traineeships annually
  • 75 Apprenticeships annually
  • 250 unemployed adults reskilled annually