Skills and recruitment

When you are ready to up-skill or add new people to your workforce, Dudley Council's Employment and Skills Team provides a complete package of free, personal and local support to guide you through the entire recruitment process.

Dudley Council is committed to supporting sustainable employment growth across the borough.  We work with businesses to identify current and future job opportunities and help to fill these by promoting and matching local people into employment.

We provide advice and support about local training opportunities and can refer businesses to a wide range of services offered by other partners and stakeholders.  

We offer a bespoke, tailor made service to meet your business growth needs:

  • A tailored recruitment service - Advertising job vacancies, a job matching service to potential candidates, job application shortlisting and interviewing as required
  • Work experience - The opportunity to give work ready candidates the opportunity to participate in work trials and get the experience they need to apply for jobs
  • Apprenticeships - There are grants available if you are successfully able to recruit an apprentice across key business sectors – subject to funding and eligibility 
  • Sector based academies - Pre-employment programmes with a guaranteed interview for interested local unemployed people 
  • Training - Access to a full range of free training including industry specific certifications
  • Skills Development - Access to short courses for new employees and to meet your existing workforce development needs 
  • Adult education budget - Dudley Council with West Midlands Combined Authority funding provides funded and part-funded training for individuals in employment that are seeking to improve their skills in order to progress in their education, job role or career
  • Higher level skills - Dudley Council will help you to find higher level programmes and consultancy support and refer on to the relevant local FE colleges and universities where employees can access programmes bespoke to individual and employer needs from level 4 to 7
  • Hire a graduate - Dudley Council works with local universities to bring high level talent to your business through short or long term placements

To discuss any support for businesses please call or email us: 

01384 816535 

Vacancy / Opportunities Bulletin - 8 August 2022


Jobs advice and support for young people affected by Covid-19

Kickstart Scheme

Businesses are now able to sign up to be part of the landmark £2 billion Kickstart scheme, giving unemployed young people a future of opportunity and hope by creating high-quality, government-subsidised jobs across the UK.

Under the scheme, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his Plan for Jobs, employers can offer youngsters aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement.

The government will fully fund each “Kickstart” job - paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.

Kickstart Scheme opens for employer applications

Check the guidance for employers

Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site

Regeneration Academy

There are a number of regeneration projects underway across the Dudley Borough. These exciting new regeneration projects will need skilled construction workers soon. Find out more here.

Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy is a UK wide levy on employers which can be used to fund apprenticeship training.  The Skills and Employment team can help you to recruit, select apprentices or upskill your existing workforce using our Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Programme. 

We would like to hear from interested businesses that are looking to employ apprentices, increase their intake of apprentices or would need help to up-skill their existing employees as part of their businesses growth plans.  The following sectors are of particular interest to Dudley MBC; healthcare, childcare, adult social care, advanced manufacturing but where available the levy can be used in other key sectors.   

Find out more

A degree apprenticeship is designed specifically to fill skills gaps in business and industry, and can be applied to existing staff that you want to up-skill or new talent that will bring fresh ideas to the business. This can be in the form of Foundation degrees, Undergraduate degrees or even Postgraduate degrees.  

Find out more


Other useful links

Job and careers - Dudley Council vacancies 

Black Country Skills Factoryoffers free, bite-sized courses to businesses on a range of topics

Jobcentre Plus - has a range of recruitment services that can help you as an employer

West Midlands Combined Authority - information and support for Dudley borough 

Black Country Growth Hub - free and impartial business support

Walsall Works - job vacancies in Walsall

Think Sandwell - job vacancies in Sandwell

Wolves at Work - job vacancies in Wolverhampton