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Help is at hand for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands needing support to bounce back from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Skills Recovery Webinar is taking place on Wednesday 30 June from 10-11.30am.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and its partners are hosting a free webinar to show SMEs what advice and grants are available from the Government to help their businesses recover or to recruit or upskill their staff.

Businesses attending will find out about grants available for traineeships and apprenticeships, plus fully funded programmes such as Kickstart and digital training. 

Cllr Ian Brookfield, leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and WMCA portfolio holder for economy and innovation, added: “Supporting local businesses is a key priority in the region’s plan for our economic recovery from the pandemic.

“We’re proud to be speaking at this event, which will offer a wealth of expert advice to SMEs across the region.”

Expert speakers will include representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Grant Thornton, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the City of Wolverhampton Council and the WMCA.

Divided into four sections – Recovery, Response, Resilience and Rethink – the event will include interactive sessions about recruitment and succession planning, career progression opportunities, and future workforce planning around skills.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, added: “Small and medium-sized companies are the backbone of the West Midlands, and it’s therefore vital they have access to all the available support to help them bounce back and start hiring again.

“This webinar will explore Government initiatives and grants to help SMEs develop both short and long-term skills plans to bring in new talent, diversify their business or upskill their workforce.”

To find out more about how the WMCA can help you upskill your workforce, visit https://beta.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/productivity-and-skills.

To book your place at the webinar, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156235451441.


Written by: David Watkins

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