Telford College has over a decade of experience working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and employers across Shropshire and the Midlands, generating new opportunities for jobseekers to gain new skills in a variety of vocational areas and enter into employment.  We currently run programmes in Telford, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Dudley, Birmingham, and Tamworth.

For more information contact us on 01952 642554 or email

Discover the Sector Based Work Academies (SWAPs) here

View our HGV training courses here

*Security Industry Sector Gateway update*

Telford College have been successful in supporting a subcontracting opportunity with the West Midlands Combined Authority, utilising AEB funding to work in partnership with Mercury Training Services to address gaps in the security training provision across the West Midlands and Black Country in relation to the Common Wealth Games.  The value of the contract is for £100,000 and will be delivered between August 2021 and Summer 2022.

Mercury Training are an established training organisation who have a long-standing reputation with the Department for Work & Pensions for supporting adults back into employment within the security sector.  If you are interested in gaining employment in the security industry, and would like to access Mercury's Security Academy please speak with your Jobcentre Plus work coach to get booked in for an assessment.  Your work coach will need to call the Mercury Training office on 01384 482186.

Mercury Training Services Ltd,
Suite 526
One Victoria Square
B1 1B 
01384 482186

What is a sector-based work academy programme?

Sector-based work academy programmes (SWAP) are a way to create a skilled workforce for your business through vocational, sector-specific training.

Generally lasting between 2 to 6 weeks, sector-based work academies help prepare those receiving unemployment benefits to apply for jobs in a different area of work.

Students remain on their benefit throughout the training and in many cases can access support with travel costs through their Jobcentre for the duration of the course.

Sector-based work academies are designed to help meet the immediate and future recruitment needs of employers, as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow your business, and require no direct cost to the employer as these are covered by government funding.

Find our Kickstart vacancies here

What does the work academy consist of?

  • Pre-employment training: This will be relevant to the needs of the business and sector, ensuring that learners looking for employment gain the appropriate skills to succeed in the workplace. The training is fully funded, with no direct costs to the employer, and will be delivered by our experienced tutors.
  • A work experience placement: This is of great benefit to both the learner and a business allowing the individual to develop their skills and have the opportunity to work in the real environment treated as a regular employee and to ensure they are suited for that specific vocation.
  • A guaranteed job interview:  Every learner who completes the course will receive a guaranteed interview for the advertised vacancies with the employer linked to the academy. This provides the individual with valuable interview experience as well as the opportunity of full time employment.
Peter Foley | Telford College

From priest and social worker, to qualified HGV driver
– Peter Foley celebrates his success.


“Going back to the classroom at college was strange at first, but I must say I’ve enjoyed the whole experience. This course provides you with a real career opportunity - it is better to step up and try something like this now, than to regret it later.”

“Although HGV driving is very different to anything I have done before, it’s something I’ve always been a little bit interested in. A lot of people are afraid of change in their careers, but I think it can do you good.”

Peter Foley, read more about when he attended HGV Class 2 Academy.

What are the benefits for employers?

An important feature of SWAP is that each sector-based work academy offers a flexible approach and can be adapted to meet the needs of your business.  Every programme is designed to help meet the employers’ specific, immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow their business. Academies also help by reducing the risks within the overall process of recruiting new employees.

We work with each employer alongside Jobcentre Plus to help identify your recruitment needs and ensure that the most suitable training is provided to their potential future employees.

Would you like your own Academy with Telford College?

Call us on 01952 642554 or email us at and we’ll be in touch to discuss your requirements.

Pre-employment training and sector-based work academies are free if you are:

  • over 19 years of age on 31/08/2021 and actively seeking employment;
  • In receipt of Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, or Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group);
  • Or earn less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary (you will need to provide evidence of annual salary, e.g. three months’ payslips, Universal Credit statement, employment contract)
  • For more information, call us on 01952 642554 or email

“I signed up for the Telford College course because I wanted to learn new skills regarding health and safety, and customer service. I found the two-week course very valuable, and was supported by BSL interpreters who were able to clarify all the information. Through Syncreon, I now have a job at Jaguar Land Rover, with support through Access To Work, for a BSL interpreter...” 
Read more about Tirath's inspirational story here

 “I’ve always been keen to promote logistics industry training to young and unemployed people, and with this partnership we’ve been able to create a programme which gives both the practical and theoretical knowledge. It has given us a chance to reach many previously unemployed people, and help to provide them with a way into our industry. We are delighted with how the whole project is working.”

Darren Parker, Transervice Limited

 “Having worked regularly alongside Telford College for the last 3+ years I have always found them to be friendly, professional, and their Customer Service is exceptional. The quality and delivery of both their initial assessments and courses is first class. Everyone is treated as an individual and learners are encouraged to strive to achieve their best. This is evident through the results we get - providing the highest number of positive outcomes for the sector-based work academies we run.”

Claire Macmanomy, Department for Work & Pensions Employer Advisor for West Midlands

Kuldip Singh | Successfully achieved through our Logistics SWAP and employed by Transervice in West Bromwich

With the driver shortage being predicted at around 45,000+ (according to the Road Haulage Association), it’s never been more important to inject new drivers into the industry.  Our HGV Cat C/Class 2 academy was developed to to reduce the national driver shortage and simplify recruitment.  We are steadily establishing a network of employers and agencies within the driving & logistics industry, and are committed to finding exciting opportunities for our newly qualified drivers.

“The benefits of working with Telford College have been plentiful for the business; initially it took away the lottery of recruitment, and has now changed my approach when I look to employ for the palletised delivery side of the business.  It has also had a positive commercial impact on operations, now we have a direct link to new drivers.”
- Jamie Stephenson, transport manager at Chambers & Cook Freight Ltd.

If you’re looking to recruit a qualified Cat C/Class 2 driver, why not contact us today and find out how Telford College can support your driver needs - call us on 01952 642571 for more information.


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