History of the Association

Sandwell Training Association is based in the West Midlands, and was established in 1963 by a number of local manufacturing companies in order to provide specialised training services to its founder companies.

These member companies have grown over the years, and the range of training services on offer has developed to keep pace with the changing needs of local industry and commerce. In 1998, Providence Group Services, based in Cradley Heath, was incorporated into the Association, further extending the services that can be offered.

Sandwell Training Association is a thoroughly professional training organisation, maintaining direct contact with over 1000 local industrial and commercial companies, operating to the highest standards and offering an increasingly wide variety of training and development services.

In recent years the Association has responded to the need for Government sponsored training programmes for young people and adults and is accredited as an Approved Training Organisation for the delivery of programmes contracted with West Midlands Skills Funding Agency (SFA), and provides an extensive range of such programmes including Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships which provide young people with quality training over their first years of employment, and NVQ’s through Train to Gain to update the skills and knowledge of those already employed.

In addition to these programmes, the Association offers a wide range of short courses for delivery direct to local industry covering such diverse topics as Management and Leadership Development, Health & Safety training, First Aid certification, Computer Training, Fork Lift Truck, NRSWA and Plant machinery and is a CITB accredited centre delivering Site Safety courses for the construction industry.

These services are integrated and delivered to local industry by experienced trainers who provide a valuable consultancy service to companies within the membership structure. They offer advice on a company’s training and development needs and assist the company in planning and delivering the identified training.

The Association’s direct contact with a large number of local companies allows it to keep fully abreast of the current progress and needs of local industry and to reflect these needs in the range of training and services offered.

The Association’s training facilities are based at two centres at strategic locations within the borough of Sandwell.

The main offices at Grainger House in Cradley Heath offers training in Management, Information Technology and Business Services. The Engineering Centre at Phoenix Street in West Bromwich has Engineering, Construction and Coded Welding training facilities.

The Association is recognised as an Investor in People, holds Matrix accreditation for Information, Advice and Guidance, and all the Association’s centres and their instructors are approved for the delivery of training through the appropriate lead bodies, including SEMTA, City & Guilds, OCR, ILM, CITB and RTITB.

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