Sandwell College are working closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority to help local unemployed people learn skills in demand by employers in a specific area of work such as care, hospitality, security and construction. All courses are in industries that are set to grow in the future and have jobs available.

Adults who are aged 19 or over can take part in our SWAP programme for free and will not lose their benefits.

A sector-based work academy programme can last up to six weeks and has three main components:

  • Pre-employment training matched to the employer’s business needs
  • Work experience placement to learn new skills on the job and gain valuable qualifications for the future
  • At the end of the programme, learners are guaranteed either a job interview with an employer or help with the application process


If you would like to enrol onto our SWAPs course, please enter your details below and a member of our team will be in touch.


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Taking on someone for their SWAP placement can benefit your business for numerous reasons

  • this is a flexible programme that can be tailored to meet your recruitment needs
  • you can recruit staff with the right training and skills from the outset, developed through fully-funded pre-employment training
  • an opportunity to provide work experience placements for potential employees to ensure they are suited to that type of role and your company
  • work experience placements allow developmental opportunities for existing employees, for example by working on their mentoring, supervisory and coaching skills
  • reduces the risks within the overall process of recruiting new employees
  • an opportunity for positive publicity to show how like-minded businesses are working together to meet their social responsibilities

Are you an employer looking to offer a SWAP placement? Please email [email protected] and a member of our team will be in touch.

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