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Careers Zone

Careers Zone

We are so excited that SHAPE Summer Fest 2022 is returning to Sandwell Valley on 16th July 2022 – and this year Connexions Sandwell will be hosting a Pre-Bookable Careers Expo featuring lots of different education providers, training providers, job opportunities and pre-bookable interactive workshops including the ones listed below.

Please keep checking back to this page, as we upload more providers!

Please book to attend the Careers Expo here!

The Careers Zone will be hosting different workshops throughout the day in addition to the Providers you will be able to speak to.

Please note – you do have to pre-book for the workshops by clicking the links below.

Think Sandwell

Sandwell Council’s Employment and Skills team ‘Think Sandwell’ helps people aged 16+ to get into employment, apprenticeships or training.

We advertise Sandwell council’s and Sandwell schools’ Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeship vacancies, and work with a wide variety local employers sectors to advertise their job and apprenticeship vacancies.

Whether you are starting out in your career, want a change, looking to get back into work or just aren’t sure; our advisors will work with you to help you gain the skills you need to get the apprenticeship or job you want.

You can keep up to date with us on Social Media (Facebook; Instagram; Twitter) by following @sandwelljobs or to make an appointment please email enquiries_recruitment@sandwell.gov.uk


LEAD are a specialist dedicated Training Academy, providing engineering apprenticeships. We assist motivated young people into a career in the engineering & manufacturing sector.

LEAD Engineering will help to find meaningful employment and assist our learners develop the skills that will make them an asset to their employer today and the key to long term growth and success of UK manufacturing.

Benefits of an Apprenticeship with LEAD Engineering Academy –

  • Build skills and knowledge for your chosen career
  • Earn a salary while you learn
  • Receive training
  • Gain a level 3 engineering qualification
  • Gain real work experience
  • Benefit from ongoing support
  • Learn job-specific skills

King Edward VI College Stourbridge

King Edward VI College Stourbridge is not only the largest, but also one of the most successful Sixth Form providers in the Black Country. Every year, over a thousand young people complete their A Level qualifications at King Ed’s, going on to be just as successful in employment and at university.

At King Edward VI College, we welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations, creating an environment where friendships and learning blossom. Students and visitors regularly comment on the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere at King Ed’s. You can experience this for yourself by visiting our Open Events in October 2022, where you’ll find a wealth of information about our broad range of subjects and experience the unique atmosphere at the college.

In the classroom our students engage with teachers who are experts in their fields, passionate about their subjects and dedicated to cultivating curious minds. King Ed’s is a place where ambitious minds thrive, where diversity is celebrated and where individuality is valued.  Our students develop academically, creatively and personally, respecting and appreciating each other’s achievements, while taking pride in their own. As a student at King Ed’s, you’ll make new friends and build supportive networks to enhance your studies.

Screen and Film School

Screen and Film School provide Further and Higher Education in Filmmaking courses. We are based in Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton and offer state of the art Filmmaking facilities through practical learning at a Film Industry standard.

Dudley College

Here at Dudley College we have 100s of courses to choose from, with an exciting range of Vocational Courses, T Levels and Apprenticeships available. If you are looking to go to university, start on your career path or develop your skills, we have a course to help you achieve your goals. We pride ourselves on providing a supportive and caring learning environment, where you’ll be valued as a person and benefit from outstanding teaching and learning. Applications to study with us this September are open! Explore our courses and find out when our next open day is taking place at dudleycol.ac.uk

The Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology (IoT)

Leaving sixth form but wanting to stay local for higher education? The Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology (IoT) is a new campus based at the heart of the Black Country in Dudley, which opened to students in September 2021. The Institute of Technology provides higher level courses with clear pathways to skilled jobs in the following sectors:

  • Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Modern Methods of Construction & Offsite
  • Medical Engineering & Healthcare

Reflections Training Academy

Hairdressing and Barbering Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships. ‘Educate to innovate’

Are you interested in a career in Hairdressing or Barbering?

Join us at our academy located in Birmingham, we specialist in Hairdressing and Barbering courses suited to you.


The Apprenticeship Works

Come and visit The Apprenticeship Works stand. We will be happy to talk to you about the range of apprenticeships and traineeships that are available. We offer:

  • Construction
  • Admin
  • Customer Service
  • And much more!

Sandwell College & Central Saint Michaels Sixth Form

Begin your career journey at Sandwell College and Central Saint Michaels Sixth Form. We can help you take the next step after you leave school with over 100 courses to choose from! Our courses will give you the skills and experience you need to succeed in your chosen career.

We can offer first class guidance and support to help you on your journey.

Doocey Group

A Black Country employer with both business administration apprenticeships and field-based apprenticeships working on water/ gas and electrical infrastructure under the roads

BCTG Group

The Apprenticeship Works, partner of the BCTG Group, specialise in Apprenticeships for young people aged 16 – 24. By working with Employers across the West Midlands and further afield, we are able to offer a wide range of Apprenticeships across a variety of employment sectors, including Business Administration, Customer Service, ICT, Warehousing, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing and more.

These opportunities are the ideal pathway for those young people who prefer the idea of more hands-on practical work while studying for a qualification and employers that would like to develop an apprentice through their journey.

We employ the apprentice, so our employers don’t have to deal with all the hassle such as wages, holidays and paperwork, while still remaining in control of all decisions throughout the process.

The BCTG Group comprises BCTG Ltd, PTP Training Ltd, BCTG Skill Centre, Eurosource Solutions, Further EPAO, and The Apprenticeship Works.

Together, each year we support over 10,000 young people and adults; and work with over 2100 large and small employers to deliver the skills demanded by business, help improve social mobility and contribute to creating a vibrant regional economy.

Severn Trent

Severn Trent has a wonderful world full of opportunities. Come along to hear more about how you can start a career in the water industry through our New talent Programmes and how our employability programme can help you in your personal development to get that job.

Netcom Training

Netcom specialise in delivery Level 3 IT courses such as Website Design and Marketing, CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Technician and Level 3 Information Technology (IT) Technician for over 19 year old.  Our testimonials speak for themselves.

Thrive into Work – Shaw Trust

Do you have a health condition and need support to find or retain work? Thrive into Work can help!

Our service offers one-to-one support to individuals with health conditions who want to find and retain sustainable employment.


Workpays is a well-respected training provider that works with young persons aged 15 – 24 years old to deliver bespoke training programmes, which lead to recognised accredited qualifications. We can progress young persons into employment, apprenticeships, traineeships and further education.

South & City College Birmingham

SCCB is a vocational college offering students part time, full time and apprenticeship courses.

Walsall College

We are one of the most successful colleges in the country – a place where more than 11,000 people study vocational technical qualifications, apprenticeships and higher education programmes each year.

Whether you’re looking to study here as a school leaver, higher education student, apprentice, adult learner, or an employer looking to develop your workforce, you’ll find we’ve got training and courses to suit all needs and ambitions.“

Halesowen College

Halesowen College has a reputation for high standards and high student achievement. Our outstanding campus provides an exceptional learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities, designed to meet students’ expectations. Halesowen College offers Apprenticeships, A-Levels, Vocational, T-Levels and Adult Courses to cater to all kind of students.

Sandwell Adult & Family Learning (SAFL)

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning, also known as SAFL is  the adult education department of Sandwell Council.  Open to those aged 19+ who live in Sandwell or the West Midlands area. We offer both day-time and evening courses and all courses are part-time so that they fit in with your busy schedule, delivered across all six Sandwell towns at over 30 venues.

SAFL offers a wide and varied range of courses including skills courses such as English, Maths, and ICT, First Aid as well as other interest courses such as sewing, painting and flower arranging. You’re sure to find something on offer that grabs your interest or helps you to up-skill and retrain.

2 sisters food group

At 2 Sisters Food Group our people are at the heart of everything we do, lots of our colleagues live within our local community. We are delighted to be involved in the Shape Festival to showcase the various career pathways within 2 Sisters.

We have a wide range of roles in departments such as Health, Safety and Environment, Commercial, Finance, Engineering, Sales, HR, Operations and we offer a range of Apprenticeship programmes.

The Royal Navy

Start a Career with the Royal Navy. Great Rewards and Opportunities! Apply Today. Be Challenged. Find Your Role. World-Class Training. Develop Your Career. Contact Us. Be Rewarded. Join the Navy.


Specialising in the remanufacture and repaid of damaged and fatigued equipment.

West Midlands Police

Are you interested in a career with West Midlands Police? We need your skills!

Come and find out which role is right for you and the benefits that come along with your career of choice in policing.


Nacro Education offers vocational courses at Level 1 & 2, quality work experience with Employers, English and maths at functional and GCSE levels. Nacro provides a supportive and nurturing environment for all to enable young people to achieve their best potential.

University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton is the University of Opportunity, with campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford.

Ideal for All

Ideal for All is a user-led charity and social enterprise working to make life better for the disabled, elderly, and vulnerable people and their carers.


We are a grassroots organisation from the West Midlands using diversity recruitment to help jobseekers from the local community, particularly black and ethnic minorities.

Royal Air Force 

A career in the Royal Air Force is No Ordinary Job. From the quick role progression to the unrivalled skills and training you receive.

NHS Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust

Lots of job opportunities with the largest employer in the area, taking care of our Patients, People and Population.