Black Country Business Festival 2018

Black Country Business Festival 2018

Calderdale College, the prime contractor for Skills Support for the Workforce in the Black Country, is hosting three skills events at the inaugural Black Country Business Festival this spring.

The events include:

Skills for Growth

Hear from Paul Devoy, Chief Executive of Investors in People, on why training and workforce development is critical to business growth and some of the proven solutions to get the best out of your staff.


Ninder Johal, Chair

Paul Devoy, Chief Executive, Investors in People

Date: Tuesday 24 April, 12pm - 2pm

Location: The Hub at Walsall College, Walsall, WS2 8ES

For more info and to sign up for the event, click here

A Black Country Renaissance?

There is talk of renaissance in the Black Country; a stronger economy, a healthier and more skilled population, improved transport infrastructure and much more.

Join Ninder Johal and guests for a lively debate on the future prospects of the Black Country and ways to realise the economic potential of the region.


Ninder Johal, Chair

Dr. Julie Nugent, Director of Productivity, WMCA

Paul Nicol, Consultant

Dan Carins, Head of Black Country Growth Hub

Helen Martin, Chief Officer, Planning and Development CE, Dudley MBC

Sajida Carr, Programme Director, Creative Black Country

Ammr Yaqub, Executive, Old Bank Business Centre

Paula Gray, Head of Procurement, Midland Metro Alliance

Date: Thursday 26 April, 5pm - 7pm

Location: The Broadway, Dudley College, DY1 4AS

For more info and to sign up for the event, click here

Sign of the Times

Digital disruption, demands on the skills and mobility of the workforce as well as the emergence of the West Midlands Combined Authority and The Midlands Engine will radically shape the way in which people live, work and do business across the Black Country and beyond.

How should the region's business community 'think ahead' to ensure their growth is transformational?

Leading experts will give their perspectives on the way forward.


Ninder Johal, Chair

Asif Moghul, Senior Industry Manager, Autodesk

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Anjali Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer, CMT Engineering

Date: Thursday 3 May, 8am - 10am

Location: Higgs & Sons Solicitors, Dudley, DY5 1LX

For more info and to sign up for the event, click here

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